English 341 Memo

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In this memo, I will introduce myself with my major, some of my background, why I am taking the English 341 course, and what I hope to get out of taking this course.

In the Spring of 2012, I was admitted and enrolled in NMT for the study of physics with the astrophysics option. Recently, last semester, I dropped the astrophysics option and am now a general physics major primarily due to funding issues with the GI Bill.

Prior to beginning my time at NMT, I served for nine years in the U.S. Army. My most recent assignment was with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment stationed in Vilseck, Germany. I served five years at that duty location, but in reality, only lived in Germany half that time due to my combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. My wife spent the entire time in Germany, half of which she was alone while I was deployed.
Before my enlistment, I was an uneducated software developer. I did considerable contract work specifically in MS SQL and MySQL custom database interfaces for mid-sized companies in the manufacturing and distribution industries. The primary programming languages I used were C++ and C# under .NET framework 1.1.

I have always been a student of writing- even if not taking an actual course. I have practiced writing throughout my jobs and personal life. As a programmer, I often was responsible in documenting technical instructions for system analysts about
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What I have learned in a military technical writing course only applies generally in other venues. My writing will always be riddled with grammatical errors and faulty chains of reasoning, but through continual practice I will improve. I expect that this course will provide the additional knowledge and formalization of technical writing that I need to move forward in my future
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