Kent’s decision to enter the military was not an easy one. His parents were outspoken and active critics of armed conflict and military conflict. But, the events of 9/11 during his freshman year at the University of Arizona, where both his parents taught, instilled in him a strong desire to serve his country. In December of 2004, Kent came to the realization that he would have life-long regrets if he did not enlist in the Army. Now, he says his military experience taught him “the single-most important lesson he learned” during his service: a deeply and personally felt duty to put one’s country ahead of their own self-interest. And, his parents also came to support his decision to serve.
He served five years and was deployed to Iraq twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the second deployment as an Army Ranger. He earned a Bronze Star and led an infantry platoon in Iraq. Looking back, he says that service to our nation is an obligation, and the greater one’s natural abilities, the stronger their obligation to their country. It seemed to Kent, the argument offered by those opposed to military service misunderstood fundamental civic considerations.
After law school, Kent plans to study for either an MBA or a Master of Public Policy degree. He would like to secure a position in Washington, D.C. in a Senator’s office or at the Department of Justice. His career goal is to continue public service as either an appointed judge or elected politician because he is frustrated by the current state of our national governmental affairs and he wants to make a difference.