Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest
Newly minted officers in today’s Marine Corps face a daunting array of challenges and responsibilities.
As winter faded to spring in Annapolis, the Class of 2011 eagerly awaited the transition from midshipman to officer. The expectations of those joining the U.S. Marine Corps, and the responsibilities they will assume, are particularly poignant. We must meet a physical, mental, and moral standard established by the old Corps and embodied by today’s Corps—currently forward-deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.