The decision you've made to be a cadet, a future leader of the sons and daughters that America entrusts to us, is not an easy one, especially in a time of war. But it is an important decision, a critical decision, for the preservation of our Army and the indelible idea that is America. Do not let anyone tell you that your mission is futile, that this war is un-winnable because, frankly, failure is not an option if we are to remain the land of the free...and we will.