In 2005, Juan embarked on a dedicated journey, enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat engineer within the 2D Marine Division. After graduating in 2020 from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, he secured a seat on the esteemed Board of Directors of The Citadel Alumni Association. Fueled by additional support from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, he envisions a dynamic academic journey, aspiring to excel in a master’s program in international relations before pursuing a Ph.D. in the same field. His ultimate goal is to bring his expertise back to national defense and international relations.