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Face of Defense: Teacher, Entrepreneur Chooses Marines
Face of Defense ^ | Pfc. Katalynn Thomas, USMC

Posted on 06/15/2010 2:42:05 PM PDT by SandRat

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 15, 2010 – Marine Corps Pfc. Patrick Collman, assigned to Platoon 2109, Company E here, could have gone to Officer Candidate School, because he has a bachelor’s degree.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Patrick Collman crawls out of a tunnel at the 12 Stalls Crucible site at Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 3, 2010. The former teacher could have gone to Officer Candidate School, but chose to be an enlisted Marine. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Katalynn Thomas
  

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But the entrepreneur and former teacher said he chose to enlist instead, for the challenge.

Collman said he wanted to start from the bottom and work his way up, as he has demonstrated in virtually every aspect of his life leading to boot camp. “That way, if you do get into a higher position, you know what the lower positions are going through,” he explained.

Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado, Collman loved the outdoors. He became a Boy Scout, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout during his senior year of high school. But before he could lead scouts, he had to start somewhere. Just as Marines start as recruits, Boy Scouts must go through the ranks and start as Cub Scouts.

“I was never satisfied with stopping halfway,” he said. Earning Eagle Scout rank was just another challenge for him, he added.

Just as in scouting, Collman was not satisfied with just being a high school student in his teenage years. During high school, he worked for three years designing databases for a telecommunications firm. It made him realize that he didn’t like “suit-and-tie jobs,” he said, but it had its own merits.

Collman also was active in search and rescue, and he became a certified wilderness first responder. He participated in search and rescue operations, was responsible for saving the lives of many people, performed CPR and organized helicopter evacuations, he said.

After graduating from high school, Collman went to college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He operated his own contracting and construction company and worked in the retail business during college to pay for tuition, books and his cost of living. He started his business on a whim during his sophomore year in college, he said, because job opportunities weren’t abundant. He performed tasks such as staining, painting and building decks.

“It was easy to do, and I like working with my hands,” Collman said. “There’s a craftsman’s pride to that line of work. When you paint a house and walk by it a year later and it’s not peeling, you can think, ‘I did that.’ It pays well, so I raided [a home-improvement store] to get myself started.”

He took out ads and walked around neighborhoods putting out flyers, and said he always had very competitive pricing. The business was mostly a “one-man band,” he said.

He graduated from the college with a bachelor’s degree in history and a secondary social sciences teaching license. He got a job teaching high school sophomore- and junior-level history and government classes in Erie, Colo., prior to joining the Marine Corps.

Collman said he hadn’t planned on becoming a teacher; he had started out studying engineering.

“With teaching, the success is measurable,” he explained. “When students go from C’s to A’s, you can see the change right in front of your eyes. A teacher educates his students not only on the subject, but on life. They teach ethics, morals and decision-making.”

Teachers can have a direct influence on their students’ lives, he said. Teaching history, he said, showed him he could turn something dreaded into something fun.

“I’d hear my fellow students saying, ‘History sucks,’” Collman said, looking befuddled and disgusted at the notion. “I loved history. I was tired of people bashing on history. It was like a little extra salt in my wound.”

Although he’d established himself as a teacher, Collman said, he had always planned on enlisting in the Marine Corps. In high school, he said, he initially looked into all the military branches because he wanted to serve his country.

“There’s just something [Marines] have that the other branches don’t,” he said. “They are different from the other branches. Part of it is in the way they carry themselves.”

The difference was obvious to him, he added, when he met his first Marine recruiter.

“I walked in, and there he stood,” Collman said. “He said to me, ‘So you want to join my Marine Corps?’ The way he said it was like, ‘What the hell are you doing here?’” Collman said he took it as a challenge.

Collman talked to his first recruiter when he was 16, and signed up when he was 22. He still remembers that first recruiter throwing that challenge at him.

That challenge was to become a Marine, and to defend his country, just as his grandfathers did before him, he said.

“I’ve always been a die-hard patriot,” Collman said. He was a freshman in high school during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, so that was even more motivation for him to join, he added.

“There is a threat and someone has to stand against it,” he explained.

Though he has been trained to be a teacher, an Eagle Scout, a contractor and a wilderness first responder, Collman said, he is a Marine first, and now that he has completed boot camp, he plans to continue to challenge himself.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: California
KEYWORDS: eaglescout; marines; teacher

1 posted on 06/15/2010 2:42:05 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Good on him! Although, being prior enlisted is not necessarily an indicator that one will be a good officer. Often leads to being either too harsh or too lenient with the troops...more often too harsh.


2 posted on 06/15/2010 2:46:24 PM PDT by twister881
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To: SandRat

Where’s the “like” button?


3 posted on 06/15/2010 2:47:13 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: SandRat

I LOVE this guy!

We need MORE like him!

GREAT POST!!!!!


4 posted on 06/15/2010 2:49:14 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: SandRat

“Some people go their whole lives wondering if they’ve made a difference. But the Marines...they don’t have that problem...”

—HIM


5 posted on 06/15/2010 2:51:47 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: SandRat
I was recently reading a thread on which a young man was asking about becoming a Marine sniper (he asked if an officer could become a sniper--which of course they can't).

The Marine who answered him explained to him that, with the exception of the Navy SEALs, all the interesting jobs in the military go to the enlisted men.

The poor officers get shoved into management.

6 posted on 06/15/2010 3:08:07 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SandRat; Orestes5711
Both of my sons are Eagle Scouts and enlisted Marines.

One completed a year of college before he went in. He is also a Freeper. He and his brother are both taking college classes while serving. Both entered as Pfc.'s having completed their Eagle. Both are now LCpl's.

And I am damn proud of both of them.

FReegards!


7 posted on 06/15/2010 3:31:38 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Intelligent Design is to evolution what the Swift Boat Vets were to the Kerry campaign)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Last night in an interview, Mark Levin did not embarrass the Democrat nominee for the Senate from the state of South Carolina.

In the same spirit, I treat you in same fashion.

You should consider not discussing that which you know little of.

8 posted on 06/15/2010 3:35:08 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Let us remember that we should not disregard the experience of the ages - Aristotle)
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To: nmh
I friend of our son is now a USMC Major and responsible for helping to integrate the new F35 jet into service. He started his Marine career at Parris Island after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
9 posted on 06/15/2010 3:36:15 PM PDT by Recon Dad ( Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
I might have been the one that answered that one about officers in the Marines and it still remains the same. Things are slowly changing where Marsoc (Marines Spec Ops) are now not sending their operators back to the fleet after 3 or 4 years. (it was a dumb idea to placate those who wanted nothing to do with SpecOps) They want to develop their officers from inside MarSoc, but so far they can't promise some NCO who goes to OCS that he'll get back to MarSoc. When they figure that out they will have reached the stage the SEALS are at.
10 posted on 06/15/2010 3:51:49 PM PDT by Recon Dad ( Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things)
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To: Agamemnon
The above is my son, who graduated from Miami University, enlisted and is now a Staff Sgt in Marsoc.
11 posted on 06/15/2010 3:54:49 PM PDT by Recon Dad ( Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things)
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To: Jacquerie

BTW, where I come from BULLY equals COWARD!


13 posted on 06/15/2010 4:30:01 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: Recon Dad
OOOOH RAH!

CBRN and LAAD gunner

FReegards!


14 posted on 06/15/2010 4:37:57 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Intelligent Design is to evolution what the Swift Boat Vets were to the Kerry campaign)
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To: Recon Dad
I might have been the one that answered that one about officers in the Marines and it still remains the same.

The internet has been a terrific way for young men who are considering careers in the military to connect with those who can answer their questions.

What a great resource and what a great way for men who have served to continue to serve!

Thx for your service!

15 posted on 06/15/2010 4:38:20 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Not me my son. He's one of the guys in the above pic.
16 posted on 06/15/2010 4:48:42 PM PDT by Recon Dad ( Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things)
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To: Recon Dad
Like I tell my Dad, "everything good I have ever done is because of you."

Of course, in his modesty (he's 92, an orphan whose only family was the U.S. Army), he shakes his head. But when he shakes his head he smiles.

And I know he thinks of how the Army saved his @ss...and saved mine.

He was a Top Kick in the Special Engineers in the So. Pacific.

If I even mention the Military, his eyes get moist.

17 posted on 06/15/2010 5:02:53 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SandRat

Semper Fi....

Sgt. Mac
USMC 1978-1986


18 posted on 06/15/2010 5:12:36 PM PDT by Mac from Cleveland ("See what you made me do?" Major Malik Hasan)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

You demonstrate that ignorance is bliss. Keep smiling.


19 posted on 06/15/2010 5:14:51 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Jacquerie
And you are the type of man that walks across the street to build himself up by insulting a complete stranger!

A Bully!

We have all been the little kid on the playground.

And as such we all know bullies when we see them...and when we grow up, we come to understand that it is their deep-seated weaknesses that cause them to inflict their "anger" on others.

You don't know me...but that doesn't stop you from trying to inflict an injury that will somehow make you feel better about yourself.

Ignorant bliss?

Are you somehow innocent of that? Are there things about which you are not ignorant?

I don't know if you are a bully or just indisposed because it is the cocktail hour.

But either way, get a grip "hero"...you acquitting yourself poorly.

20 posted on 06/15/2010 5:27:02 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Let go, don’t hold back. What do you really feel?


21 posted on 06/15/2010 5:32:06 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Jacquerie

I think it is your turn. Don’t you?


22 posted on 06/15/2010 5:33:42 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
...all the interesting jobs in the military go to the enlisted men..

Right, 'cuz flying an A-10 at tree top level is boring as hell. Carrier landings? Yawn. Commanding a Battalion? Who needs it? /s

23 posted on 06/15/2010 5:34:25 PM PDT by TankerKC (This is the internet, not a court of law.)
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To: Jacquerie
You demonstrate that ignorance is bliss. Keep smiling.

I don't smile...but unlike you, I don't whine (see tag line).

24 posted on 06/15/2010 5:35:29 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: TankerKC
That was a quote.

Sober up and explain to folks who are reading this thread why what you are saying is important!

It ain't about me!

25 posted on 06/15/2010 5:39:11 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
That was a quote.

A quote. A matter of opinion (misinformed as it may be). I offered mine.

26 posted on 06/15/2010 5:40:48 PM PDT by TankerKC (This is the internet, not a court of law.)
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To: TankerKC
It's not my opinion...but I thought the person who made it was sincerely interested in the person reading it.

If you differ with it...make your frikken point and quit whining.

You don't need to be confrontational with others who have a point of view different than yours...they are not a threat to you.

Just explain why you have an different perspective to offer.

It isn't about you or me...it is about the young men who are trying to make plans for the future...and who are considering the U.S. Military.

BTW, there are young men reading FR in an effort to decide what they should do for the future.

Are you speaking to them?

27 posted on 06/15/2010 5:49:07 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

You deserve a refund from your last anger management class.


28 posted on 06/15/2010 6:05:35 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Jacquerie
Well, yes, I was near the bottom of that class!:-)

Sorry if I offended you...I mean well but am somewhat feisty by nature.

That said...let's come together to encourage our young men and women to consider the military as a wonderful career option.

29 posted on 06/15/2010 6:15:45 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

You are the one being confrontational. Shove off.


30 posted on 06/15/2010 6:28:40 PM PDT by TankerKC (This is the internet, not a court of law.)
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To: TankerKC
You remind me of Obama...it's always the other guy isn't it?

Note to the immature: grown-ups know how to stop the crap and hold their hand out to stop silly little disputes.

But all you have to say is..."you are the one being confrontational. Shove off."

Why don't you come back with a response that honors yourself and me?

If I have erred (and I know I have), I hope you will forgive me.

Don't answer just yet. Wait until tomorrow morning.

31 posted on 06/15/2010 6:36:37 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies; Admin Moderator

You’re pushing that troll boundary. You’re throwing out personal insults and being belligerent with anyone who disagrees with you.


32 posted on 06/15/2010 6:50:48 PM PDT by TankerKC (This is the internet, not a court of law.)
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To: TankerKC
No shame in running to Mommie, eh?

Reread the thread. I am simply defending myself.

If I am in the wrong, I apologize (and I am human...I make plenty of mistakes).

But it isn't about me...it is about you.

How big is your spirit?

You run behind the skirt. Troll, indeed!

You need to man up!

33 posted on 06/16/2010 5:06:37 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: TankerKC
Hey sissy boy...how 'bout a response.

Or do you need to run to the Admim Mods to protect you?

34 posted on 06/16/2010 5:30:23 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: twister881

The first and probably the only smart thing I learned in the Marine Corps was to eyeball an officer’s uniform to see if he had a fire watch ribbon.


35 posted on 06/16/2010 5:33:25 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: TankerKC; Admin Moderator
BTW, manning up is what the White House can't seem to do.

Can you be honest...or will you only try to defend your weakness?

Or will you run to Mommy again?

BTW, to the Admin Mods...I love FR and have for years.

I love the honesty of FR...its grit, its strength and love of country...its history in the defense of freedom!

Posters reveal their vulnerabilities. They speak from the heart.

And, of course, as much as posters do their very best...they still fail from time to time...they stumble when they try to speak the truth.

Our posters are kind and magnanimous...they have big shoulders.

Now TankerKC...show us your big shoulders.

36 posted on 06/16/2010 5:46:00 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I guess there is a new standard for what the mods will allow here. So be it.

Your name calling and histrionics are a sign of weakness.

I learned a lot about discipline in my 28 years in the military. You have none. I do. So, I recognize that there is nothing that can really be done about an internet tough guy.

You’ve got a chip on your shoulder. I suspect it is because you never did any time in the service and feel guilty or envious.

Know this, though…you would NEVER dare to say any of this to my face.

Guaranteed.

And, now I shall shove off.


37 posted on 06/16/2010 8:00:20 PM PDT by TankerKC (This is the internet, not a court of law.)
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To: TankerKC
Just what I expected from you!

No guts.

38 posted on 06/17/2010 4:13:58 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: SandRat

This fine young man is the polar opposite of scum like Obama and Bill Clinton.


39 posted on 06/18/2010 6:06:19 AM PDT by reaganrevolutionin2010
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