Sean Connery, LNA
Licensed Nursing Assistant, Inpatient Psychiatry
United States Marines
I enlisted in the Marines in response to the 9/11 attacks. I had felt at that time that not enough people were willing to serve their country, and I had likewise felt that just because I already had a college degree that did not mean I should be an officer—I knew that I had no idea how to lead men into combat. I spent the next five years on active duty and another 10 years as a private contractor for the Department of Defense in DC, working for a number of members of the Intelligence Community. As a civilian contractor, my team was awarded the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation for exploitation/analysis of information captured in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
I am currently a nursing student as well as an LNA (licensed nurse assistant). I suppose some of the best attributes that I've learned is how to function on less than ideal amounts of sleep and how to remain flexible—to adjust to shift requirements and time constraints.
Photo: Operation Phantom Fury/Operation al-Fajr - Second Battle of Fallujah