Third Place

Posted: Jul 14, 2020

A $750 Scholarship was awarded to Joshua Forsythe, grandson of member Robert Towles.

What makes the CIB special to you?
The CIB is special because it demands respect and states that the wearer has met the enemy face to face in combat, and the wearer has placed his life on the line to protect and defend me and our national way of life.  This “Blue Badge” stands out from all other awards and is worn in the place of honor over the heart and above all other decorations even the Medal of Honor..  With the prestige bestowed by the CIB, it is small wonder that the CIB is so coveted by non-infantry soldiers.  Yes the CIB is special to me because it is worn by a special bred of men who have fought for this great country.

If our government called you up for the Draft due to a military conflict, how would you respond?      It is essential in a time of war that everyone responds and serves if called upon by a Congressional decree of conscription. I for one believe in protecting and defending this great country. I would dutifully answer the draft call, not for myself, but for my family, friends, and those I do not know who are unable to defend themselves. Moreover, I am a patriot and would be proud to show my respect, obedience, responsibility, obligation, and duty to my country if ever called upon. I would welcome the noble values that the military can instill and strengthen within me—values such as obedience, discipline, and respect of authority. These virtues can easily be fortified and embodied within me by the military. As a soldier, I would strive to emulate soldierly values in my daily life. Surely, these values would form the very foundation of my personal behavior and would define me as a person both militarily and privately. Of course, these core values are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Indeed, the values and discipline that the military can instill in me could go a long way even in my personal life, and this alone is enough motivation for me to proudly answer my country’s call.

My grandfather and five great-uncles served in Vietnam, my only uncle enlisted following 9/11. My family has instilled the need to serve in me for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, local recruiters turned me away when I questioned them about enlistment or ROTC possibilities because I have medically controlled asthma. Surely the standards would be lowered in case of a national emergency, and I would be permitted to serve.

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