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FORT LEE, Va. -- Name: Pfc. Ricquan Morris 

Unit: 217th Military Police Detachment

MOS: 56M – religious affairs specialist

Age: 20

Time in service: two months

Hometown: Milledgeville, Ga.

Place of duty: Memorial Chapel

How you spend free time: “I talk on the phone and try to stay connected with everybody from my home state; making sure everything is going well with my mom and sister.”

Describe yourself: “I’m fairly quiet and laid back. I also think I’m easy to talk to and can offer a lot of advice for people if they decide to listen.”

What people don’t know about you: “I’m very, very cautious. I try hard not to make mistakes, and I almost do it to a fault, making mistakes anyway.”

What you are doing to address this problem? “I’m trying to work through it. I try to talk to people and get their opinions on some of the things I do.”

Worst fear: “Not knowing. If I have to make a decision, I might fear that decision because I don’t know what the outcome will be.”

Speaking of not knowing, the biggest unknown was joining the Army … “I knew (that to be true). That’s why I joined.”

The person you most admire: “My mom. She sacrificed a lot for me and my sister. There were a lot of late nights (during his childhood because his single mom had to work). Right now, she’s in school, works and has to take care of my sister.”

The celebrity or historical figure you desire to meet: “J. Cole (the hip hop artist). I feel like he is on the same mental level as I am. He produces the only (hip hop) music that speaks to me.”

Talk about your hometown: “It’s fairly small, and a lot of people don’t know it exists. Many people there don’t have the same mindset I have. A lot of them don’t focus on being successful and get lost in having fun and trying to fit in. I surrounded myself with a lot of successful and supportive people.”

Your motivation to leave Milledgeville: “There wasn’t enough there; not enough opportunities. It felt like I was running in place. A lot of people wanted to be rappers, singers or musicians. I didn’t see myself following the crowd.”

Why you joined the Army: “To take care of my mom and sister; to build a better future for my family.”

In making that decision, did the war on terrorism have any influence? “It did, but it didn’t. I mean, I hate conflict. I hate fighting, but I also want to travel the world and see new places, meet new people and learn different languages.”

Talk about one life-changing event: “Graduating from basic (combat training). During basic, my mom would always write me letters. My dad and I never really had a stable relationship; I knew where he lived, but I didn’t know his whereabouts. My mom told me she gave my mailing address to dad, and throughout basic, he never wrote me. At my graduation, my mom, aunt and sister were there. Everyone else explained why they couldn’t make it, and I understood. My dad never called, wrote or texted. There was some resentment toward him. I called him at a later date, and we had a long discussion. It was one we needed to have. Our relationship has improved since then.”

What it means to serve your country: “It means I’m successful, and it means I’m honoring my last name. I have a lot of family members in the Army. Just being able to follow in their footsteps and seeing how proud my mom, my dad, my girlfriend and everyone else is knowing I’m doing something with my life. That makes me feel successful.”

Why you chose your current MOS: “I love the Lord. I feel like I have a calling for this job. If I had joined any other branch of the military, I would’ve still chose this job.”

Talk about your day-to-day duties: “It’s different. I’m used to coming to church and having everything done. This business makes you appreciate the people who have to do the work to make church possible. It takes a lot of time and effort.”

What makes a good Soldier: “Following orders the right way. You can’t do your own thing. You have to be a good leader, and you have to know when to follow.”

If you were Army Chief of Staff, what would you change? “I would change the hair regulations for males. I would allow them to express themselves with their hair the way females are allowed to. If you carry yourself like a Soldier, it shouldn’t matter what your hairstyle is. It’s about how you present yourself.”

Best thing about the Army: “It helps pay for college and helps you take care of your family. It provides you the comfort of not worrying.”

Worst thing about the Army: “Early mornings and late nights (laugh).”

Future plans: “I want to serve 20 years. After that, I want to go to college for mechanical engineering and psychology, then start a business.