Q: Why did you join the military?
A: I have wanted to serve in this nation's military ever since September 11, 2001. I have always been grateful to be an American. I know that the path I have chosen will not be easy, but I am eager and willing to serve.
Q: Why did you choose the Marine Corps?
A: The unique discipline and camaraderie of the Marine Corps called my name.
Q: When will you leave for boot camp?
A: I am scheduled to report for boot camp on July 17.
Q: How long is boot camp?
A: Boot camp for the Marine Corps lasts for three months.
Q: What kind of work will you be doing in the military?
A: My job in the military will be aircraft maintenance.
At this time, I would like to thank the many people who have shown me an outpouring of love and support. You know who you are, and I am grateful to every one of you. Family, friends, and strangers alike have told me that they will be praying for me.
Although I am happy that I joined the Marine Corps, I would like to note that my decision has been hard on my family and on some of my closest friends. This fact brings me sadness. And to everyone who is downcast about my upcoming departure to boot camp, let me say that I understand your reservations and your concern for my welfare. And I respect the fact that while you wish things could be different, you love me just the same. And I love you, and I want you to know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers as I go through boot camp... and always.