Military service is in my blood. My father and grandfather were both veterans, while my mother, who raised me as a single parent, also served. I regard continuing that tradition as an honor, and my application for the ROTC is an effort on my part to not only continue that tradition, but also improve it. No one in my family has ever served as an officer before. By joining the ROTC I hope to go on and become the first member of my family to serve in a commissioned rank. This would undoubtedly mean much to my mother, who also raised by twin sister, and acted as the kind of role model every youngster should have. A desire to follow her military example, and become a similar kind of person to her, is a massive part of motivation for joining the ROTC. One quality which my mother has always shown is mental toughness. This is a hugely admirable skill that I believe I can develop during my time with the ROTC.