Some years ago, I rode in a luxury coach full of cadets from The Military Academy at West Point from the Academy itself on the Hudson River to White Sulfur Springs, located deep in the heart of Pennsylvania. It was a long ride through the winter night.
I sat with each cadet and listened to their story and their plans for the future as Army officers. The US military was still in Afghanistan and Iraq, so deployment was a real possibility for many of them. Some were headed into the infantry, some to armor or aviation, others to medicine, while one in particular played linebacker on the Army football team. But each would contribute in some way toward the achievement of victory over enemies of their country.