Michael joined the Marines for several reasons. One, he wanted to continue serving his country, which he has been doing all his life in some capacity. Two, he wanted the leadership training and experience that he knew the Marine Corps would provide. Three, he wanted to be a member of an elite organization known for its high standards and toughness. Finally, Michael wanted to experience war and combat, which despite its horror and awfulness, seems to be a part of our human condition (as evidenced from most of our history). He determined that to be in a position to change that condition, he needed to know about it first-hand.
I served active duty from 2005 to 2009. I was with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment. Later, I served in HQCO, 5th Marine Regiment. I deployed twice to Al Anbar Province in Iraq. From 2009 to 2011, I was in the Marine Corps Reserves and served as the Company Commander of "A" Company, 4th Landing Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group.