Letter from Lieutenant General Mattis
It has been brought to my attention that you were recently injured at Officer Candidates School. While injuries in the program are common, candidates continuing to train on stress fractures until the bone breaks are rare indeed. Your perseverance and dedication demonstrated a lot of fortitude in the face of pain. For health reasons I’d rather that you’d brought this injury earlier to our attention, but your toughness of spirit is most impressive. You also remind us why Marines are feared by our enemies – young men of your ilk are the enemy’s worst nightmare.
Your selfless example and gritty determination mark you as a man who has much to contribute to our enlisted Marines that look to officers for your style of leadership. Come back when you heal – we have a place for you as an officer of Marines, young man.
I applaud your commitment and extend to you my personal Well Done.
JAMES N. MATTIS
Lieutenant General, U.S. Marines