Interview of David Hardie by Melissa Fredette
November 5, 2014
David Hardie was an officer in the United States Army from 2008 to 2013. Branched as an Infantry officer, he endured some of the toughest training the United States Military has to offer, stating that Ranger School is “the number one leadership training school in the world.” As a new Infantry officer, Hardie used his Ranger Tab to prove himself to the platoon he soon commanded; they had been deployed before, and, although Hardie had not yet, this tab showed his willingness to persevere. Several years into his military service, Hardie took on even more training to become a combat advisor, a position that had him working closely with foreign militaries. Here, he learned a lot about culture and trust, as he often placed his life in the hands of these foreign soldiers.
In his five years of service, Hardie learned to adapt to and thrive in an evolving military. But Hardie’s ability to consummately adapt did not end after leaving the military. Realizing that he could build on his military experience, he has further developed his skill set by enrolling in graduate school at The Citadel. Through presenting Hardie’s story, this interview offers insight into the experiences of a young, hard-working officer who continues to work to better himself and the world around him.