My thanks goes out to all who have served and sacrificed honorably for friends, family, and those unknown. I have great admiration for soldiers, especially those in Special Operations. I was a kid in my early twenties in college before I was made aware that these teams even existed. Since that time I have sought to embody the characteristics that make these soldiers unique, and I am confident that I have grown into a man that could serve proudly among them. Unfortunately, as a kid I also did some childish things that are reflected on my record. I have tried unsuccessfully several times to join, unable to get the necessary waivers. I believe that all that Ive gone through to get to where I am will aid me in getting to where I want to be. I will not rest until I have exhausted every possible route into this elite community. Anyone with helpful advice is encouraged to respond.