Minnesota high school student David Howe chose to aim high when he applied to all five U.S. military service academies.
It paid off.
Howe, a 2017 Red Wing High School graduate, gained acceptance into each academy — the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy – West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
"Everybody we've talked to said they've never heard of that before," said John Howe, David's father. "It's extremely difficult to get into one."
Applicants must be interviewed and nominated by a senator or representative as part of the admission process.
"He has just demonstrated really good leadership ability, and he's always willing to help other kids that either need help with schooling or just help in general," John Howe said.
David was a three-sport athlete who was consistently one of the top students in his class, John Howe said.
"He graduated with a 4.0 GPA for his high school career," he said. "We've known David has been a special kid."
After careful consideration, David Howe will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, where he will report for duty on June 29.
After college, David will enter the Air Force with the rank of second lieutenant, and will be required to serve a minimum 10-year term of active duty.
His goal, he said, is to eventually become a pilot.
"I'm excited for all of the opportunities," David Howe said.
Red Wing High School Principal Todd Herber said he expects David's academic and athletic background to carry him toward future military success.
"David is one of those quality kids you hope to run into as many times as you can in your career," Herber said.
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."