Cadet Private Jack Brennan is an active member of the class of 2023. He is a member of the Swimming and Diving team Norwich Christian Fellowship, and the Norwich University Scouting Association. Brennan says, “NCF is nice, we have dinner together and we go upstairs in WCC and discuss different things, different life problems.” The club that appears to be dearest to Brennan is the Norwich University Scouting Association. Jack Brennan comes from a scouting background, so for him he is excited to participate in the Scouting Association. He says, “I grew up scouting, I’m an Eagle scout and I wanted to give back.” He enjoys being able to continue this part of his life because his siblings are still in scouting claiming, “It’s nice to be able to connect with them.” Brennan recounted the annual Scouting Camporee as he had the pleasure to help staff this year. He remarked, “The kids had a lot of fun. [The President] brought in some really cool things like the Urban Search and Rescue Team, the Vermont State Police Tactical Unit, hazmat suits, cool displays, and training profiles for the kids.” He strongly feels that the Norwich University Scouting Association does a lot of good things, especially in the form of community service. Jack highly recommends Norwich University to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America saying, “it brings a different style of leadership for you to build on that would be beneficial to any scouting troop. [Attending a leadership program] gives you a lot to bring back to your troop that they may or may not have.”
All of Jack’s background in scouting and the outdoors really influenced his decision to enroll as an Environmental Science major with a focus in climate science. Regarding this choice, he says, “I really love nature and I see that we’re a lot of damage to the world and I want to try and help change that.” Scouting took Brennan all over the United States, where he was introduced to many of the national parks. He noted, “It was a great experience, it showed a lot and gave me my appreciation of nature and my background in leadership that I gained from scouting.” He also feels that the two summers he spent at Future Leader Camp also supported his growth as a leader, going from participant one year to corporal the next. “Being corporal was more about leadership. You had small menial tasks to do but part of it was helping train the kids. I went to the officer meetings with the platoon leaders and the captain; I was able to see how the planning worked.” Brennan attributes FLC for helping him decide whether the military lifestyle was for him, “I decided to kind dip my foot in the waters first, I got there and I loved it immediately. It was a new experience, you definitely had to adapt to it if you have never done some of that before. It was a lot of fun and you formed a good bond with the participants, it challenged you really pushed you in different ways that that I didn't foresee.” Jack Brennan also has desires for the future claiming, “[I want to be cadre], it keeps you sharp, while you’re not at school because you will still be in the military environment and you’ll still be doing PT.”
In the near future, Brennan wants to commission into the Marine Corps and become a pilot. He is working to getting into the Naval battalion and applying for a Platoon Leaders Course (PLC) contract. He also wants to pursue one of the specialty units, most likely the Norwich Artillery Battery as, “A lot of my rook brothers are in it right now, and they really love it. It's a lot of infantry training and PT; I think that would be helpful to prepare me for Officer Candidate School.” Moving forward Jack recommends to young high school students the following sentiment, “I would definitely recommend all of these programs to that's thinking about coming here, even if you don't want to go into the military or if you don't want to attend Norwich, will improve you as a person and it will give you values and foundations that you need to be a successful person in life in whatever it is that you want to do.” Brennan feels he has taken the discipline he’s learned from LCW and FLC to be successful now as a student. Jack’s strong sense of love for the outdoors, passion to help others, and drive to be a better leader will help pave the way as he moves toward his goals.