I want to be an Officer for several reasons. I have always wanted to serve in the military since I was a child listening to my Grandfather talk about the Korean war and my Uncle about the war in Vietnam. I view becoming a Warrant Officer as a way to better serve by assuming more responsibility and gaining more influence in how to conduct missions and train soldiers. In working with other Warrant Officers over the years and seeing them demonstrate a strong work ethic, an ability to accomplish any mission, and technical proficiency at an extremely high level, I knew that I wanted to join the Warrant Officer core.
I want to be the technical expert in my field and be able to adapt to any mission no matter the requirement. I want to train soldiers and better prepare them for the missions and tasks they will face on a deployment. I want to advise other Officers on the capabilities of systems and how to best employ them. I want to be an Officer to set the example and have others follow it.
Society expects nothing but the best from its Military Officers. For over 200 years every officer has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and Defend the Nation against all enemies both foreign and domestic. This commitment is extremely important but is far from all that is required of an Officer. An Officer is committed to a lifestyle of challenges, honor, integrity, and professionalism. Indeed an Officer is held as a "living portrayal of the highest standards of moral and ethical behavior" (600-2). What this means to me is that at all times an Officer must demonstrate these characteristics. The hard right over the easy wrong is not an option but the standard.
The nation must be confident in the authority vested to its Officers. If this were to come in to question the Military would weaken and its ability to defend the nation would be reduced. Scandals such as Abu Ghraib where poor ethical decisions were made can greatly affect the nations willingness...