Richard Kripplebauer is an ROTC Active Duty Officer
I've been an enlisted Soldier in the Army since 2003 and decided to be an English major while I was in Korea. The more I learned Korean, the greater my love for both languages grew (and the reverence for the power and majesty of language in general). And not just that, but as I progressed through the ranks, literature also provided me a means to make sense of the experiences I had while travelling the world. I took a compilation of Oscar Wilde's works with me to Iraq to serve as a counter balance to the humdrum, bottom-line-up-front style of military communication.
Upon graduation at Penn State, I took a commission through ROTC to become an active duty officer. Currently, my commitment is 3 years and then I plan on teaching in some capacity while I continue my education. I'm considering the Teach for America program because I think it's important to get on the "front lines" of education--but I'm not quite certain yet.