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Whatever it is, if you want it, no one can take it from you.


two female army sergeants in service uniform

It's been a little over a week since I graduated from the Advanced Leaders Course at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and quite honestly, it's still so surreal. I have so many emotions about the entire experience. I want to preface this by saying that I know I don't talk much about that side of my life, but in reality, it makes up a significant part of who I am. It would be impossible to do something for almost 14 years and have it not affect you.


I went into this with the mindset of "look, I just need to pass!"

That was it. Do the minimum, keep your head down and get out. Never in a million years did I think that the last five weeks would play out the way they did. Truthfully, without the support of those closest to me, I'm not sure I would have made it. Six years ago, when I attended this course for the first time, I was dismissed within the first week. I failed the 2-mile run portion of the physical fitness test, which led to a series of events almost bringing an end to my military service.


BUT IT DIDN'T. And now, we're here. Refreshed, renewed, and ready to tackle the next six years. Distinguished Honor Graduate. Many people in the past had the opportunity to aid in the facilitation of my success but chose to hinder it instead. It's okay; I got it done anyway. You didn't stop shit, bitch.


If you want it, no one can take it from you.

Trust me, I know.


Stay dangerous.

Glen


Female army sergeant with family

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So very proud of you Glenesse. The only failure ever is not trying again. You have an amazing support system, even from corners of the world you don’t know of. Keep doing great things!!!

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Shanella Coleman
Shanella Coleman
15. Apr. 2022

Huge Congratulations! I'm so inspired by your determination to not give up and try again. I don't have much of a support system outside of my sisters but reading this motivated me to push on with my goals. Im excited to see what the future holds for a fellow Barra 06er!!!

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Glenesse C. David
Glenesse C. David
15. Apr. 2022
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Trust me; sometimes, your sister is all you need! My sister drove 5 hours to see me graduate. She's been with me since the beginning.

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