A few tips from a veteran
Gunnery Sergeant Robert Blanton received the Silver Star for, in his words, “Clearing houses, got ambushed, rammed my vehicle through the house to get one of my team leaders out, got attacked by a suicide bomber, captured a guy and we killed 12.”
There’s a bit more to the story than that, but be sure to read the interview questions below the Stars & Stripes article. Some choice bits: “Nothing is more important than Combat Mindset … when a team mate looks at me, I want him to have no doubts that I would be able to drag/carry his ass out of any situation … No amount of education can teach you experience …”
The experience of others counts. Use it to your advantage.