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Making of an Officer

Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences - what makes a good Army Officer, challenges, leadership, most important part of every ROTC program is cadre, confidence,

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  • SGT Kristen King

    See how Kristen's job in the Army Reserve gives her experience that will help he...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Broadcast Journalist Army Reserve

    SGT Kristen King
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    See how William's Army Reserve training will help prepare him for a civilian car...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

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    SGT William Morton
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  • Major Michele Pawlowicz - General Dentist (Reserve)

    Major, Pawlowicz talks about role/experience/benefits - General Dentist (Reserv...

    CATEGORY: Medicine

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    Major Michele Pawlowicz - General Dentist (Reserve)
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  • Cars, Golf and Pathology

    Lt. Col. John Hunnicutt fulfills his love of science and desire to help Soldiers...

    CATEGORY: Medicine

    TAGS: Family Practice Medical Corps

    Cars, Golf and Pathology
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  • Direct Commission: From Civilian to Officer

    If you have a specialized profession or background as a civilian, you can be dir...

    CATEGORY: Officership

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    CPT Airin Rhinehart
    Direct Commission: From Civilian to Officer
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  • Hansel Henry

    Hansel's experience in the Army Reserve gave him the leadership skills to be a s...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Intelligence Analyst Leadership

    Hansel Henry
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  • Strength to Handle Any Case

    Hear Captain Irvin Drummond describe the unique training and experience he got w...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

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    Captain Irvin Drummond
    Strength to Handle Any Case
    01:43
  • Private Trisha Barabin

    Private Trisha Barabin answers Gerardo from Pensacola, Florida who asks; "Is the...

    CATEGORY: About the Army

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    Private Trisha Barabin
  • DRILL SERGEANT STAPLES

    Drill Sergeant Staples answers Kyra from Sparta, Georgia who asks; "Do the women...

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    Sergeant Erica Schlueter answers William from Clearfield, Utah who asks; "I'm ge...

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    Private First Class Leonguerrero answers Caleb from Dora, Alabama who asks; "If ...

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    Private Trisha Barabin answers Gerardo from Pensacola, Florida who asks; "Is the...

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    Private Walter Banks answers Jarnardo from Pensacola, Florida who asks; "Is ther...

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  • Staff Sergeant Kenneth Kinlaw

    Balancing the Army Reserve and the civilian life it’s difficult at times but ver...

    Staff Sergeant Kenneth Kinlaw
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    Second Lieutenant Ingrid Alvarez
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    Specialist Luis Estrada
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    SPC Peterson & His Mother
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  • Marlene Garcia

    See how the Army Reserve helped Marlene achieve her goals and ambitions.

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    TAGS: Army Reserve Civil Affairs

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    A Professional Edge
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    Getting Over the Wall
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  • Gaining a Master's Degree (and more)

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    CPT Paul Gonzalez
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  • Summer Guerrero

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  • Shawn Helmstadter

    Hear how the Army Reserve gave Shawn the opportunities he needed to succeed.

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  • Volunteer Work

    Captain Jennifer Huntsman (Reserve, Officer), talks about job role/experience/be...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve Featured

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    Volunteer Work
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  • Jeremiah Minor

    See how Army Reserve discipline makes Jeremiah a stronger student.

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  • SGT Jeremiah Minor

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  • SGT William Morton

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    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Radar Repairer

    SGT William Morton
    00:49
  • Miles Noonan

    Miles' job as a Military Policeman in the Army Reserve will give him an advantag...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Military Police Army Reserve

    Miles Noonan
    01:03
  • Army Reserve

    SPC Michael Olivero (Reserve, Enlisted), talks about job role/experience - why h...

    Army Reserve
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  • Otto Padron

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

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    Otto Padron
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  • SPC Peterson & His Mother

    Scott Peterson and his mother talk about how his decision to join was a family d...

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Army Life

    SPC Peterson & His Mother
    01:44
  • SPC Peterson & His Mother

    Scott and Lisa talk about the experience, focus and determination the Army Reser...

    CATEGORY: Parents

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    SPC Peterson & His Mother
    01:53
  • SPC Peterson & His Mother

    Scott and Lisa talk about the balance of life as a Soldier and a student in the ...

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    SPC Peterson & His Mother
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  • Opportunity

    Major Phillip Romanelli (Reserve, Officer), talks about job role/experience/bene...

    Major Phillip Romanelli
    Opportunity
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  • Igor Tyapugin

    Find out how the Army Reserve fulfilled Igor's dream while training him for life...

    Igor Tyapugin
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  • Leadership Skills

    Captain Valerie Wallis (Reserve, Officer), talks about job role/experience/benef...

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  • Green to Gold

    First Lieutenant Terrance Wilson (Reserve, Officer), talks about job role/experi...

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    Green to Gold
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  • Ready To Serve

    See why these Soldiers chose to serve in the Army Reserve.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Reserve

    Ready To Serve
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  • 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
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  • Jeff Davis

    Find out how Jeff jumped from high school athletics to college and Army ROTC.

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    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    Jeff Davis
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  • Something to Be Proud of

    Cadet Jeff David (Reserve, cadet) talks about experience/benefits - military bal...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

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    Something to Be Proud of
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  • Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime

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

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    Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime
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  • Turn Dreams Into Reality

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

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    Turn Dreams Into Reality
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  • RJ Custodio

    With the help of an ROTC scholarship, RJ is able to pay for college while gainin...

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  • RJ Custodio

    Cadet RJ Custodio (Reserve, cadet), talks about experience/benefits - why he joi...

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    01:02
  • Serving When Needed

    Captain Philip Romanelli (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - d...

    Serving When Needed
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  • Balancing Work and Life

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  • Captain Marisol Chalas

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    Captain Marisol Chalas
  • Sergeant First Class Michael Hosier

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Making of an Officer

Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences - what makes a good Army Officer, challenges, leadership, most important part of every ROTC program is cadre, confidence,

The same characteristics that make a good football teammate are the same for what will make a good Army Officer. Me being a division one athlete I can partake in athletics and do Army ROTC at the same time. Where they get challenged a little bit at a time, so that when they get commissioned to become a Second Lieutenant in the Army whether they go off to lead Soldiers in the US Army Reserve, the Army National Guard or on Active Duty, they are able to take that next difficult challenge.
The beam is thirty-five feet and at first it does not sound that much then you get up there and look down and it definitely seems like a long way down. They told me to trust your equipment, trust us; it was not a big deal after the first time. When they first came here they could not imagine themselves doing that. So the courage and self-confidence grows with that kind of challenge. There is this kind of pride with saying that "Wow, I just did that." Being pushed and being pulled you just have to go through it, you have to experience it. Once you overcome it you look back and think I could do this again. We put them in leadership positions. So now if they were never able to speak in public or speak in large crowds, they not only have to speak to them but they have to lead them. They have to give them commands and be good enough themselves that these people respect their commands and do what they are told.
(Background: I want alpha team on my right and bravo teams on my left- make it happen) It is quite an adjustment for most young people to make. An Army leader is really responsible for the families, associated with the Soldiers that they lead, the cadets that come in their very first year that this isn't the time that they are leaving their family, it is something that they are involving their family in. I think that the most important part of every ROTC program is cadre. The men and women, who have been around the world, experience some very different things. We try not to bore the students with war stories but at that same time these war stories are real experiences in which these lessons taught in a book were applicable. Leadership is an art, which most of us know but it cannot occur just in the classroom, one has to pass through the fire of experience.
First you have to learn some of the basics in which you have classroom time and they teach us how to take control of a platoon, a squad. We had two Blackhawk helicopters that came in and picked up my cadets and took them around the battlefield that we created. (Background- you want the squad leader to know were you are; we are working on his control of the situation) It felt like we were out there in a real military situation. I do not have live bullets flying but I have simulator rockets and explosions, stressful conditions of leadership that we can give to them right here in San Diego. You have a better recommendation platooning over the radio; you make that call. Roger that sir. Anytime you are trying to take care of a situation when you have then much going on, it is hard to try to maintain your elements. So that is really when you have to maintain your calm and you poise. One of the biggest things we teach is confidence in themselves when there are twenty people looking at you saying boss, what do I do next.
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