Roswell, New Mexico (CNN) - Deborah Wright can't remember the exact moment, but her eyes sparkle when asked about her ambition: "I have always wanted to fly planes."
For Jon Huntsman - son of Jon Huntsman Jr., the U.S. ambassador to China and former Utah Republican governor - the spark came during family vacations to Coronado along the California coast near San Diego.
"Watching the Navy SEALs train all day and just wondering, 'What drives those guys out there?' You know? And it's just, serving your country."
To reach their goal, they spend what amounts to their freshman year of college in military uniforms, mixing a stringent class schedule with mandatory physical drills and other military-style training. And they do this far away from home and family, in a remote high desert town: Roswell, New Mexico, better known to most Americans for its UFO museum than as the home of the New Mexico Military Institute.