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Essay about The Career Path of Retired General Colin Powell

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Retired General Colin Powell

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Colin Powell stated, “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” It seemed as if he had found his place while in ROTC. The discipline along with the structure, it was as if he had found people who were like him. He had fallen in love with the Army and after forty years of service, he had retired. He was ask, what would have you done if you had not come in the Army? “I’d probably be a bus driver, I don't know." The General had some very strong parental guidance while growing up. His parents lived their lives with dignity and respect for all of those around them, these values were adopted and used throughout the Generals career. The parents were working class Jamaican
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Retired General Colin Powell

Introduction

Colin Powell stated, “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” It seemed as if he had found his place while in ROTC. The discipline along with the structure, it was as if he had found people who were like him. He had fallen in love with the Army and after forty years of service, he had retired. He was ask, what would have you done if you had not come in the Army? “I’d probably be a bus driver, I don't know." The General had some very strong parental guidance while growing up. His parents lived their lives with dignity and respect for all of those around them, these values were adopted and used throughout the Generals career. The parents were working class Jamaican immigrants who lived in the South Bronx, New York City. The parents worked hard and demanded that their children attend college. The General did not excel or apply himself in school. As a teen, he was sent home from summer camp for leaving the camp are and having a beer. He was sent home for the stunt, but was later found out from one of the Priest, that he had owned up to the mistake. He had taken responsibility; this is a leadership trait that he took through his long years of Military life, along with his tenure in the diplomatic world. Finding His Direction Powell chose a military path when he was in college. He had been accepted at New York University where tuition was $750 a year, but City College of New York required only a
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