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Nathan L. Williams

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Generic Inspiration

I want unfiltered answers, not a pat on the back or another consolatory sandwich from some OCS event.

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Academic Purgatory

For eight weeks I had the pleasure of working at the Pentagon, and my god, I was about as useful as a broken office stapler.

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Witch Hunts

In all my years of ranting, I have yet to convince a single conservative to join the Democratic cause. Whether we like it or not, educating others requires a conversation, not a self-righteous sermon.

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False Flags

It seems that most of us have forgotten the point of political deliberation. Neither insults nor a condescending tone do us much good if the goal of discussion is to convince others of our stance.

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The Necessity of Nostalgia

I want to dismantle the misconception that marching forward necessarily means never turning back.

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Segments

I had become nothing more than the sum of my routines.

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The American Experience

Ultimately, I’m not afraid of any one organization making a robot of me.

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The 25th of May

To the cadets commissioning this May, I wish I could be there to salute you.

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Books & Bullets

The expectations cadets encounter are what make the transition between school and ROTC both humorous and difficult.

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Thank You for Your Service

When thanked for my service, I feel guilty. Guilty of stealing attention away from those who’ve already served yet remain forgotten.

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Silent Screams

When conservatives speak of a wall or tougher migration policies, I’m shocked by their ignorance. Then again, when my liberal friends speak of reforming migration policy and amnesty, I’m also dumbfounded.

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A Game to Some

The constant pressure to seem all-knowing discourages students from admitting ignorance. When asked about foreign policy conundrums, students defer to oversimplified, partisan answers rather than admit a lack of knowledge.

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So Much for Cover

When walking into class in uniform, I feel like I’m on trial. The atmosphere becomes tense; people look at me as if I’m spearheading some sort of military takeover of Harvard.

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Cadet Land

On one hand, those in uniform often think of us as pampered students. Aside from the occasional weekend in the woods, we only train every other day. Meanwhile, active duty personnel find themselves immersed in a military environment 24/7. Our student counterparts, on the other hand, think we’re full-time soldiers.