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CULP Cadet reflects on first visit to his birthplace, Korea


BORN IN KOREA, MADE IN USA

By Cadet Tyler Styles

Cadet Tyler Styles, from Texas Christian University, practicing his Korean reading skills.

Cadet Tyler Styles, from Texas Christian University, practicing his Korean reading skills.

Twenty-one years ago I was born in a land far away. Before I even had a chance to experience the rich culture and atmosphere, my family moved back to the United States. It was twenty-one years ago when my journey started in Seoul, South Korea. When I first learned that I would be going to the Republic of Korea through the CULP program, I was overwhelmed with joy. Deep down I always knew I had missed out on many experiences in Korea, yet I severely underestimated how much I had missed. Adapting to this very different environment was not an easy task. There were many different rules and cultural norms that I had to overcome throughout the mission here in Korea.

Cadet Tyler Styles, from Texas Christian University, practicing his poise and posture in shooting firearms with the 102nd ROK Regiment by balancing a white rock during the trigger squeeze or shooting portion.

Cadet Tyler Styles, from Texas Christian University, practicing his poise and posture in shooting firearms with the 102nd ROK Regiment by balancing a white rock during the trigger squeeze or shooting portion.

My favorite parts of the trip had to be when we visited the Special Warfare Command and the ROK 102nd Infantry Regiment. It was very cool to see how another military trains its soldiers. All of the soldiers we met were very friendly and accepted us with open arms. Also, hearing all of the different advice and support from our friends in the ROK Army was very encouraging and uplifting. I am very thankful for the opportunity to go on this mission. I was able to go back and see where I was born and do a number of other things that I missed out on as a child. This was the mission of a lifetime and if I could do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.

 

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