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David Petraeus

Strategic Military Leadership

I asked myself if I really had a calling to be a doctor or not, and I actually couldn't answer in the affirmative, so I decided maybe I shouldn't do that, because there's a huge commitment attached to it. I thought it would be difficult if you actually get into it then and say, "Geez, why did I do this?" It was just because it was the highest mountain to climb academically. So I sort of had the peak in sight, but then I decided to seek the infantry and I enjoyed it very much. Again, there was an interesting mix. I always found in the Army, in fact, a very interesting mix between the intellectual and the physical. The infantry clearly had both of those. You can be literally out under a rucksack in field conditions one year, and you're at graduate school at Princeton University the next. Or you're writing speeches for the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO one year, and the next year you're the Operations Officer for an infantry battalion right on the Iron Curtain. So I loved that mix back and forth and found it very, very stimulating.
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