"I wanted to enlist originally, but [my dad] kind of convinced me otherwise," said Devan Oliphant, a fifth-year mechanial engineering student. "The officer role was a lot easier to transition from going to school and in the military. Also, I like being a leader. As soon as I graduate I’ll commission. We find out in about two weeks if we get active or National Guard reserve. Honestly it means to be able to protect everybody that you care about, that’s really where it comes into play with me. I have eight brothers and sisters, so for me, being the oldest male in the family, I kind of look over all my siblings. I have a feeling of protection for the people I care about."