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Earning a prestigious degree for free

See how the Army Reserve helped Captain Sandra Altamirano get into USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism — and come out with zero student loans.

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  • Drill Sergeant Creed

    Two drill sergeants talk proudly of their crucial role in instilling pride, conf...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Events Drill Sergeant

    Drill Sergeant Creed
    00:49
  • Drill Sergeant Marcos Madrazo

    Two drill sergeants talk proudly of their crucial role in instilling pride, conf...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Events Drill Sergeant

    Drill Sergeant Marcos Madrazo
    01:01
  • Drill Sergeant Donta Jones

    Two drill sergeants talk proudly of their crucial role in instilling pride, conf...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Events Drill Sergeant

    Drill Sergeant Donta Jones
    Drill Sergeant Donta Jones
    01:07
  • Drill Sergeant Diana Ulloa

    Two drill sergeants talk proudly of their crucial role in instilling pride, conf...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Events Drill Sergeant

    Drill Sergeant Diana Ulloa
    00:52
  • Drill Sergeant Jason Harrison

    Two drill sergeants talk proudly of their crucial role in instilling pride, conf...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Events Drill Sergeant

    Drill Sergeant Jason Harrison
    00:45
  • Getting to know Drill Sergeants

    8 Drill Sergeants tell there story about the U.S. Army.

    Getting to know Drill Sergeants
  • Introduction

    Everyone has a different reason for joining the Army.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Life

    Introduction
    02:13
  • Red Phase 2

    Recruits work as teams and challenge themselves on obstacle courses and in physi...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Orientation

    Red Phase 2
    01:53
  • WEBISODE 1

    Trainees talk about their first days at basic training to include seeing a drill...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 1
    01:54
  • WEBISODE 3

    Trainees get their first look at the confidence tower, learn to work together as...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 3
    01:37
  • WEBISODE 6

    After carrying their weapons for weeks, trainees get to practice basic rifle mar...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 6
    01:44
  • WEBISODE 7

    Trainees learn various tactical movements such as covering—securing—their battle...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 7
    01:27
  • DRILL SERGEANT JEREMIAH DAY

    Drill Sergeant Jeremiah Day answers Mark from New Britain, Connecticut who asks;...

    DRILL SERGEANT JEREMIAH DAY
  • DRILL SERGEANT GABRIEL TEMPLES

    Drill Sergeant Gabriel Temples from Texas, answers Tanner from Metamora, Michiga...

    DRILL SERGEANT GABRIEL TEMPLES
  • DRILL SERGEANT JARMAN

    Drill Sergeant Jarman answers Patty from Frontier, Wyoming who asks; "What is an...

    DRILL SERGEANT JARMAN
  • PRIVATE ROBERT DAVISON

    Private Robert Davison answers Alison from Eden Prairie, Minnesota who asks; "Do...

    PRIVATE ROBERT DAVISON
  • DRILL SERGEANT STAPLES

    Drill Sergeant Staples answers Tevin from Cambria Heights, New York who asks; "I...

    DRILL SERGEANT STAPLES
  • DRILL SERGEANT JOSHUA BONE

    Staff Sergeant Joshua Bone answers Lynn from West Haven, Connecticut who asks; "...

    DRILL SERGEANT JOSHUA BONE
  • Private Alana Chapin

    Private Alana Chapin answers Anthony from Yuba City who asks; "How tough are the...

    Private Alana Chapin
    Private Alana Chapin
  • Private Brent Johnson

    Private Brent Johnson answers Octavio from Oford, California who asks; "Are ther...

    Private Johnson
    Private Brent Johnson
  • Private Shawnte Echols

    Private Shawnte Echols answers Michael from Lexington Kentucky who asks; "Are th...

    Private Echols
    Private Shawnte Echols
  • Private Thomas Hawkins

    Private Thomas Hawkins answers Jasmine from Dothan, Alabama who asks; "Is basic ...

    CATEGORY: About the Army

    Private Thomas Hawkins
  • Private Stafford

    Private Stafford answers Sam from Marysville, Ohio who asks; "Do the drill serge...

    CATEGORY: About the Army

    Private Stafford
  • Drill Sergeant Larry Jameson

    Drill Sergeant Larry Jameson answers Patrick from Manchester, Kentucky who asks;...

    CATEGORY: About the Army

    Drill Sergeant Larry Jameson
  • DRILL SERGEANT JOHNSON

    Drill Sergeant Johnson answers Josh from Oklahoma who asks; "After your 1st hair...

    DRILL SERGEANT JOHNSON
  • DRILL SERGEANT GABRIEL TEMPLES

    Drill Sergeant Gabriel Temples answers Tanner from Metamora, Michigan who asks; ...

    DRILL SERGEANT GABRIEL TEMPLES
  • DRILL SERGEANT JEREMIAH DAY

    Drill Sergeant Jeremiah Day answers William from Charleston, South Carolina who ...

    DRILL SERGEANT JEREMIAH DAY
  • DRILL SERGEANT JOHNSON

    Drill Sergeant Johnson answers Nikayla from Fort Smith, Arkansas who asks; "Do g...

    DRILL SERGEANT JOHNSON
  • PRIVATE KATRICE WALKER

    Private Katrice Walker answers Jasmine from Dothan, Alabama who asks; "Was basic...

    PRIVATE KATRICE WALKER
  • DRILL SERGEANT STAPLES

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

    DRILL SERGEANT STAPLES
  • DRILL SERGEANT JEREMIAH DAY

    Drill Sergeant Jeremiah Day answers Ethan from Parkersburg, West Virginia who as...

    DRILL SERGEANT JEREMIAH DAY
  • PRIVATE FIRST CLASS SHARD MUHLER

    Private First Class Shard Muhler answers Jasmine from Dothan, Alabama who asks; ...

    PRIVATE FIRST CLASS SHARD MUHLER
  • PRIVATE MICHAEL DAVIS

    Private Michael Davis answers Joshua from Kershaw, South Carolina who asks; "How...

    PRIVATE MICHAEL DAVIS
  • PRIVATE THOMAS HAWKINS

    Private Thomas Hawkins answers Jasmine from Dothan, Alabama who asks; "Is basic ...

    PRIVATE THOMAS HAWKINS
  • DRILL SERGEANT ERICA SCHLUETER

    Drill Sergeant Erica Schlueter answers Reed from Fairfield, California who asks;...

    DRILL SERGEANT ERICA SCHLUETER
  • DRILL SERGEANT ERICA SCHLUETER

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

    DRILL SERGEANT ERICA SCHLUETER
  • PRIVATE STAFFORD

    Private Stafford answers Sam from Marysville, Ohio who asks; "Do the drill serge...

    PRIVATE STAFFORD
  • DRILL SERGEANT SERIA BULLOCK

    Drill Sergeant Seria Bullock answers Luis from Radcliff, Kentucky who asks; "Can...

    DRILL SERGEANT SERIA BULLOCK
  • DRILL SERGEANT JOSEPH WEST

    Drill Sergeant Joseph West answers Mary from Austin, Maine who asks; "Does Soldi...

    DRILL SERGEANT JOSEPH WEST
  • DRILL SERGEANT BEAMER

    Drill Sergeant Beamer answers Freddy from San Diego, California who asks; "Is it...

    DRILL SERGEANT BEAMER
  • DRILL SERGEANT LARRY JAMESON

    Drill Sergeant Larry Jameson answers Patrick from Manchester, Kentucky who asks;...

    DRILL SERGEANT LARRY JAMESON
  • DRILL SERGEANT SERIA BULLOCK

    Drill Sergeant Seria Bullock answers Latrell from Wichita, Kansas who asks; "Wha...

    DRILL SERGEANT SERIA BULLOCK
  • PRIVATE JESSIE CAMACHO

    Private Jessie Camacho answers Oscar from Jackson Heights, New York who asks; "I...

    PRIVATE JESSIE CAMACHO
  • PRIVATE FIRST CLASS SAMPLE

    Private First Class Sample answers Tiffany from Phelps, New York who asks; "I'd ...

    PRIVATE FIRST CLASS SAMPLE
  • SPECIALIST SEALY

    Specialist Sealy answers Jefferson, Massachusetts who asks; "What are the drill ...

    SPECIALIST SEALY
  • PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WAFFORD

    Private First Class Wafford answers Austin from Albuquerque, New Mexico who asks...

    PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WAFFORD
  • DRILL SERGEANT MCCARGO

    Drill Sergeant McCargo answers Jakaria from Fort Lauderdale who asks; "What's th...

    DRILL SERGEANT MCCARGO
  • DRILL SERGEANT TRAVIS W. BAMMER

    Drill Sergeant Travis W. Bammer answers Sierra from Henderson, Nevada who asks; ...

    Drill Sergeant Bammer
    DRILL SERGEANT TRAVIS W. BAMMER
  • PRIVATE CESAR CAVAZOS

    Private Cesar Cavazos answers Terry from Lansing, Kansas who asks; "How much do ...

    PRIVATE CESAR CAVAZOS
  • Drill Sergeant Travis W. Bammer

    Drill Sergeant Travis W. Bammer answers Katy from Miami, Florida who asks; "Is t...

    Drill Sergeant Bammer
    Drill Sergeant Travis W. Bammer
  • Drill Sergeant McCargo

    Drill Sergeant McCargo answers Veronica from Orlando who asks; "Has there been a...

    Drill Sergeant McCargo
  • Specialist Sorenson

    Specialist Sorenson answers Brad from Wisconsin who asks; "What are things that ...

    Specialist Sorenson
    Specialist Sorenson
  • Private James Harrington

    Private James Harrington answers Fred from Portland, Oregon who asks; "What is t...

    Private James Harrington
    Private James Harrington
  • Episode 6:

    Watch as an Army combatives expert and professional fighter go toe to toe.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Discipline Drill Sergeant

    Episode 6:
    06:42
  • Combatives Instructor / Fight Trainer

    Watch as a U.S. Army combatives expert and professional fighter go toe to toe.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Discipline Drill Sergeant

    Combatives Instructor / Fight Trainer
    06:42
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Earning a prestigious degree for free

See how the Army Reserve helped Captain Sandra Altamirano get into USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism — and come out with zero student loans.

INTRO: FADE IN: Music OPEN ON: CPT Sandra Lee Altamirano in uniform, talking to camera: CPT ALTAMIRANO I’m Captain Sandra Lee Altamirano. I’m a Broadcast Operations Officer in the Army Reserve. GRAPHIC: CPT Sandra Lee Altamirano, Broadcast Operations Officer, Reserve location CPT Altamirano shares about why she decided to join Army Reserve. Explains how the career offerings were unexpected. In fact, she found the Army offered the job she was looking for. CUT TO: Voiceover of her describing her initial MOS and her current career. Close up of examples of the work CPT Altamirano creates. Jump cuts to graphics, videos with logo of The Pentagon Channel and American Forces Network on a TV screen, etc. Voiceover of CPT Altamirano explaining how her work fulfills her creative aspirations, and what goes into production of projects for The Pentagon Channel and American Forces Network. CUT TO: Her team working on a project (e.g. shooting a video game at the Patton Reserve Center). She is giving orders, managing the process and giving encouragement to team. Voiceover of CPT Altamirano discussing why she finds her job so rewarding. Capture discussion. CUT TO INTERVIEW: CPT Altamirano speaks about the opportunities the Army Reserve has provided— especially how her prior Army experience helped her get into USC. And the Army paid for her to attend one of the most prestigious schools in the country. CUT TO: As voiceover continues, we see CPT Altamirano at Annenberg School for Journalism and walking through USC campus. She also touches on how experiences in Iraq affected her experience at USC.   CUT TO: Video of Saddam Hussein capture announcement. Voiceover of CPT Altamirano telling a highlight was working the camera at that news conference. CUT TO: INTERVIEW: CPT Altamirano explaining how much the Army Reserve has given her. In fact, she enjoying being in the Army so much, her civilian job is working for the Army. CUT TO: Voiceover continues as we see CPT Altamirano at her civilian job. CPT Altamirano talks about her “other job” and discusses her responsibilities as a Staff Operations and Training Specialist. CUT TO: CPT Altamirano talking and assisting a Soldier. She talks about her leadership relationship with her Soldiers. Capture discussion. CUT TO: INTERVIEW: CPT Altamirano talks about how the Army Reserve has helped her accomplish her goals. CUT TO: CPT Altamirano at her home, riding motorcycle with husband. Voiceover about all she’s achieved and gain (e.g. degree, house) without any financial hardships. CUT TO: CPT Altamirano and husband in house or getting ready to ride their motorcycles. Voiceover telling how the Army Reserve allows her to have a fulfilling life. CUT TO: Close up of CPT Altamirano in her Army uniform, sharing her final thoughts on why she recommends the Army Reserve. CUT TO: Voiceover continues as CPT Altamirano and her husband riding into the sunset on motorcycles.
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