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Mike Ricks

Military Service

Sergeant in the United States Army | 2012-2016

Current Role

Undergraduate student, Criminology major


Long Island, New York

What was your job in the military?

Tank Gunner

What was the best part of serving in the military?

Knowing that you're serving in the world's greatest military alongside the closest friends you'll ever make is the best part of serving in the military. It is a brotherhood and sisterhood like no other.

What does it mean to be a Veteran at UF?

Being a Veteran at the University of Florida is simply an honor. I never thought I'd go to college, let alone a top university and looking back at the times I was in the middle of the desert to walking to class now is surreal.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I grew up in a household with a single mother of four children. We struggled for a long time and all odds were against my future. Everyone thought I'd end up in jail, but I worked every day with the vision of taking care of my mother and making her proud.

How does your military experience affect your life today?

The military has had a significant impact on my life in many ways. I've found that I hold myself to a higher standard with everything I do. Things such as arriving everywhere early and being able to function on little to no sleep - seem natural now. I also have a million stories that will leave ordinary citizens with their eyes wide open.

BEST food you ate in the military?

The best thing I ate in the Army was the buffalo chicken MRE (meal ready-to-eat). I still miss it. Or we would sneak into the Air Force dining facility and it would seem like a four-star restaurant.

WORST food you ate in the military?

The eggs come in a bag mixed with water. It would stick together in the serving container and come out looking like cubes. We called them "lego eggs". Thankfully, we had hot sauce.