MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. --
skill traits forged and encouraged in the Corps along with the opportunities
available to Marines open new doors to those who seek them.
Megan Hines, an intelligence analyst with Marine Aircraft Group 31, opened a
new door when she applied for and was accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy in
Annapolis, Md. The Academy’s 170 appointment slots are available to regular
and reserve sailors and Marines through a rigorous application process.
set my sights on the Academy, there was no reluctance. It was either all or
nothing,” said Hines. “Few accomplish what many aspire to achieve, so the
possibility of rejection didn’t scare me.”
joins the class of 2019 this fall, checking into the academy, June 25. The
Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of
competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps,
according to their website.
seek top-performing, energetic Marines and sailors who demonstrate strong
I was a senior in high school, I have desired to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces
as an officer. It was just a matter of methodical planning and timely
execution to create a viable path to that goal,” said Hines.
Officers in the United States
Marine Corps set the example for other Marines and lead with confidence,
decisiveness and good judgment. More than just leaders, these Marines manage,
supervise, and train their subordinates. They are ultimately responsible for
meeting the mission of the Marine Corps.
“The achievement of freedom
and its preservation requires dedicated men and women to answer the call,”
said Hines in a statement sent to the Naval Academy. “I am a United States Marine;
I have answered the call once before and I wish to answer the call once again
by gaining a commission as an officer in the naval service.”
The Academy offers a host of
courses in a highly competitive environment, including naval science,
engineering, navigation, and weapons systems. These are supplemented with
courses in leadership, ethics and military law. Students are also required to
take physical education.
The 170 year old school
provides its students with education and training to brighten their own future.
unknown is bound to cause some nerves, but worrying is for the faint of heart,”
said Hines. “The end result is at the forefront of my thoughts.”