Men's Health (USA)

PV2 William Peterson-Kirkland


Ann Arbor, Michigan Paralegal

I was in architectu­re school, but after the first semester, I didn’t want to take out a loan. As I was looking for jobs, an ad popped up for the military. I enlisted, swore my oath, and then got on a bus. Those first two days, I only slept for a couple of hours.

Everyone thinks Army life is training. That’s just the beginning. Now I’m in an office starting at 9:00 A.M. I help our attorneys advise commanders on everything from disciplina­ry actions to operationa­l laws overseas. My mom says I eat faster at the dinner table now. I think the biggest change is that I see others as part of a team. I plan to finish my architectu­re degree. I really want to design and build my own home at some point.

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