General David Petraeus a known person and former director of CIA was born in November, 1952. He went to a college in Cornwall, and after graduating, proceeded to the United States military academy. In the academy, his hunger for success grew and he graduated with top honors in his class. The former general has served in various capacities in several units in the army and in the government, his highest position in the government being the director of the United states Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Before his role as the director of the CIA, General Petraeus had been top ranked military personnel, serving more than 36 years in the US army. He was serving as the commander of the US forces in Afghanistan and commander of the ISAF prior to his appointment in the CIA. Petraeus held these positions from July 2010 to July 2011. There were other four star positions he has held, including the general of multi-national force in Iraq (from February 2007 to September 2008) and the commanding general at USCENTCOM (from October 2008 to June 2010).
General David Petraeus also excelled in academics. His love for education was prominent in the various accolades and awards he received while in the US academy. He even enrolled into the medical unit of the US army where only 10 out of several hundreds of applicants were accepted. In an interview, Petraeus admitted that he felt challenged to enroll into the class not because he liked medicine but because it was the most challenging course at that time. He always strives to be involved in activities that are full of challenges, which normally scares other people away.
Petraeus graduated with a degree in 1974 and was among the top 5% in his class. There were other members of his class that later attained the four-star status like him in the US army. Keith Alexander, Walter sharp, and Martin Dempsey all graduated from his class and later became four-star army generals. In 1985, General Petraeus got an MPA degree in international relations. He also attained a PhD in the same field in 1987. In 2011, he was appointed as the director of CIA after his post as the commander of the ISAF and US central command in Afghanistan.
He stepped down from his command of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan and subsequently retired from the US army to take up the position as the director of CIA. However, Petraeus latest appointment was short-lived as he resigned in 2012 after his extra-marital affair with Paula Broadwell (his biographer) was exposed during an FBI investigation.