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Making of an Officer

Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences. ROTC benefits: civilian network, graduating as a second LT (same level as graduating from a military school like West Point), freedom of choice, freedom of decision making. Sold...

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    LTC Hustead describes what it means to him to be part of a team of professionals...

    CATEGORY: Medicine

    TAGS: Family Practice Medical Corps

    LTC Thomas Hustead, M. D. - Family Physician
    My Story
    04:22
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    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers

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    Sergeant Marlene Garcia (Reserve, Enlisted), talks about job role/experience/b...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Civil Affairs Army Reserve

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  • Otto Padron

    Otto describes how his Army Reserve service helped him develop leadership skills...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Infantry

    Otto Padron
    01:20
  • The Campus Cadre

    Soldiers describe the role of the cadre of the ROTC program. Role of the Cadre i...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    The Campus Cadre
    01:38
  • Skills That Last A Lifetime

    Soldiers describe the benefits of leadership in the real/civilian world, what RO...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    Skills That Last A Lifetime
    02:02
  • The Making of an Army Officer

    Watch Soldiers talk about their personal experiences in the ROTC. “I wanted to h...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    The Making of an Army Officer
    02:17
  • Making of an Officer

    Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences. ROTC benefits: ci...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC West Point

    Making of an Officer
    02:21
  • Making of an Officer

    Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences - what makes a goo...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC National Guard

    Making of an Officer
    03:00
  • Making of an Officer

    Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences - country needs l...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    Making of an Officer
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  • Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime

    Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - civilian...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime
    02:41
  • 2LT Travis Street

    Travis is commissioned as an Army Officer and becomes a stronger person in the p...

    CATEGORY: Parents

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    2LT Travis Street
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Making of an Officer

Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences. ROTC benefits: civilian network, graduating as a second LT (same level as graduating from a military school like West Point), freedom of choice, freedom of decision making. Sold...

There is also that civilian network here; there is somewhere to go on weekends to wind down unlike near the academies. Essentially graduating from WestPoint and graduating from here you are going to be at the same level. You are both going to be Second Lieutenants. ROTC cadets educated at a place like Johns Hopkins, a private university, offer an important compliment to those trained at the military academy. They are Tuscany tigers; they will always be tuscany tigers. They understand that this is a HPC institution. It is not a secret, but it is also like extended family.
But they do not have to major in ROTC. They focus on some other things and participate in activities whether it is fraternities or sports, because those are things that are going to carry through for the rest of their lives. It does nothing but help you grow up. If you have someone telling you what to do and when to do it all the time than you do not have that freedom of choice and freedom of decision making that you do if you go to ROTC. It definitely takes a motivated person to do well in ROTC and life in general. We want people who have technical and scientific understanding, whether it is in engineering or biology.
The Army ROTC sends us to the nurse summer training program were we get extra training that a civilian nursing student would not get. I have had more experience here than I have had in two years of nursing school. When they come here we are constantly saying "When you become a registered nurse, when you become and Officer" you are going to be doing this and this; lets go ahead and give it a try. So by the time they leave here they are just all smiles, thinking this is so cool and I didn't know I could do that. In reality it is a huge responsibility that other peoples lives are in your hands. Even though it is a training environment, it will eventually become a reality.
It is my desire to become a pediatrician and to take care of children. I respect the Army's organization, but I also know that I have to work hard to be where I want to be. To work with soldiers that work hard to keep safe and to be able to give back and to send them home at the end of the day is probably one of the greatest feelings in the world. We have people who do sociology, history, a whole variety of majors because the Army is representative of America. Hopefully I am going to get into the military intelligence field. If I want to be a vet or if I want to be a doctor, the Army would pay for schooling, which is really nice. After graduating from Hopkins I plan to go to law school. Taking on a challenge like Ranger school is just the first step I can take to push myself to the limits to find out what it takes.
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