Taking the SATs While on Patrol In Afghanistan

Actually the Marine infantryman didn’t actually take the SATs while he was on patrol, but during long hours of security detail he had time to think about his future, and that’s when he decided he needed to go to college. James McQuoid had enlisted in the Marines at 17, reporting to boot camp just weeks after he graduated from high school. But working in demolition and experiencing war on the front lines had taken its toll on McQuoid’s brain, spirit, and body. He was ready to go home and start fresh.

Read my interview with this Marine who aspires to become a physics teacher, which I wrote for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.