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The Career Marine

A life in the military makes for high-stakes adventure and management

"I can do any upper management position because of my military training."

“Lieutenant Colonel Pat Jones has served twenty years in the Marine Corps, was educated at the Citadel, and comes from a military family where his father also served twenty years in the Marine Corps. Lt. Col. Jones does not fit my presumption of a career military officer. Yes, his hair is shaved short and he’s in good physical condition, but he’s also soft spoken, modest in how he describes his intense work, and introspective about how his training and experiences have impacted him. I was impressed by his loyalty to the Marine Corps and his unwavering commitment to serve his country.”

- Chronicler Mira Ringler

I thought I was a tough guy

My father is a retired lieutenant colonel from the Marine Corps who served twenty years. He’s mellow and never encouraged me to be a Marine. He wasn’t one of those dads who say, “Hey son, you want to be a Marine like your old man?” I obviously saw my dad in his uniform, and he never purposely shielded me from it, but I wasn’t tied to a particular future in the military. What really intrigued me about the military was a book I read in high school about the Citadel, called Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy. I really liked the book, and it portrayed the school as tough and demanding. I was a wrestler, so I thought I was a tough guy. I knew I wanted to go to the Citadel but never thought about going into the Marine Corps. My dad had not gone there and thought the school was too expensive; he was not enthusiastic about it.

I went there anyway.

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molly | December 07, 2010 | Leadership, Military | 0

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