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Introductory Speech

780 words - 4 pages

Introductory Speech

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” With this introductory speech I will discussing my military background and the strength themes of Empathy, Adaptability, and Courage in order to overcome obstacles that have lead me to where I am today.
When I decided to enlist in the Army not too far out of high school, I had no idea of the tremendous impact it would have on my life. Basic training and the first two years were fairly routine for the ...view middle of the document...

I was nervous to say the least. But I found courage in my friends, we found it in each other. There’s a bond that develops between people in dire, life threatening situations that is near unbreakable. We all had family that we left behind. We all had things happen that we couldn’t control go on back home. The thing about deploying is your life gets put on hold for that time you are gone. Everyone else back home keeps on living their daily lives. They go to work, they see movies, watch football, and people also get sick. A good friend of mine, his mom was diagnosed with cancer. A very trying situation. But you lean on each other and deal with life as it comes, because that’s all you can do and they are the only ones who will understand.
There are many things that I learned from my time in the military. Attention to detail being one of the things I did not have before. I’ve found that if you get the little things right, then the big picture will come together. I learned hard work will pay off, and it gave me a greater appreciation for the things that...

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