I’ve always wanted to serve my country, says West Point cadet Gurjiwan Singh

His great-grandfather served with the British Sikh regiment in WW1, and his uncle served in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot

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AT WEST POINT: (L-R) Devpreet, Davinder, Gurjiwan and Tejpal. The family flew in from Michigan for Plebe-Parent weekend – Photo: West Point Admissions Facebook page

Military life seems to be run deep in Gurjiwan Singh’s veins. Little wonder then that he is now at West Point, the U.S. military academy.

In an interview shared at the West Point Admissions Facebook page, he was asked why he chose to come to West Point.

“I  interviewed for early acceptance into MIT and I received a scholarship to Michigan, but I knew I wanted to come here, to West Point. I guess that I’ve always wanted to serve my country. I don’t think I’ve ever seriously considered anything else,” he replied.

They then asked his father Tejpal Singh why he thinks his son chose to come to West Point.

He said: “Well, his great-grandfather served with the British Sikh regiment in WW1, and his uncle served in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot – maybe he’s got a lot that in him. Ever since he was a little boy, he would march around the house, counting cadence, and saluting, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. Looking at him now, to see him as a strong young man, with a lot of courage and so much determination, I know he’s made the right decision.”

And what about his mother? Holding back tears, Davinder Kaur said: “I’m just so proud.”

The entry ended with this sentences: Of course you are, mom. And so are we. #GoArmy!

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