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A Tale of Duty

Jake Cortez was 13 years old when he told his father he wanted to attend a military school. His experience there helped shape his character and solidified his desire to enlist.

Cortez joined the U.S. Army after graduation and eventually achieved the rank of Captain. He led the planning and resourcing of combat operations across multiple functions over 10 years of service. He didn’t know it then, but the skills he acquired during his military career—leading a team, thinking strategically and performing under pressure—positioned him to serve after the military, too.

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