Brandon Ricaurte has a lifelong commitment to helping people in need, especially those in impoverished countries. He joined the U.S. Army to become a Special Forces soldier, whose mission is to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. As a 2006 graduate of Princeton University, he was eligible to become an officer but chose to pass up the commission and joined as an enlisted soldier. This would guarantee him the opportunity to try out for Special Forces, one of the most demanding and prestigious units in the military.
“I wanted to be part of something I felt was making a difference and would be a challenge mentally and physically,” says Ricaurte, who enlisted in 2013. “I thought, if I don’t do it, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.” Read more about his incredible story below: