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LEARNING TO LEAD: AMERICA’S MILITARY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

See how the unique training, mentorship and experiences you get at 2-year American Military Junior Colleges and 4-year American Senior Military Colleges distinctly prepare you to become a leader and a commissioned officer.

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  • PFC Brandon Andrews

    PFC Andrews has been able to give back to his country while learning valuable jo...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Combat Life Saver Motor Transportation Officer

    PFC Brandon Andrews
    00:53
  • Lead and Train Soldiers

    CPT Richard Taylor talks about his responsibilities and goals as an Infantry Off...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Training Leadership

    Lead and Train Soldiers
    00:36
  • Lieutenant Colonel James D. Mancuso

    Colonel Mancuso offers his rationale for choosing Army medicine as a career choi...

    Lieutenant Colonel James D. Mancuso
    01:41
  • My Story

    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
  • Captain Samuel Sama - Critical Care Nurse

    Captain Samuel Sama, Critical Care Nurse talks about role/experience/benefits - ...

    CATEGORY: Medicine

    TAGS: Nurse Medical Corps

    Captain Samuel Sama - Critical Care Nurse
    01:28
  • Guiding college-bound students

    Watch how an Army ROTC scholarship took CPT Michael Pope from combat to communic...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: signal officer Enrollment Officer ROTC

    Guiding college-bound students
    01:57
  • Being An Army Engineer Officer

    LT COL Brian Slack explains how people and technology come together in the Army.

    CATEGORY: Technology and Weapons

    TAGS: engineer officer Engineering Technology

    Being An Army Engineer Officer
    01:03
  • Life as an Aviation Officer

    CPT Julie Opfer explains how someone with no prior flight experience has thrived...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Aviation Officership Benefits Army Aviation Blackhawk

    Life as an Aviation Officer
    02:00
  • The role of a Military Intelligence Officer

    Hear how LT COL Whitney Allen turns satellite and source information into Army i...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Military Intelligence Officer Intelligence Leadership

    The role of a Military Intelligence Officer
    03:04
  • Being a member of the West Point family

    Hear Cadet Gabra Perez explain the academic and leadership training she received...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: West Point Officership Education Training scholarships

    Being a member of the West Point family
    01:24
  • LEARNING TO LEAD: AMERICA’S MILITARY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

    See how the unique training, mentorship and experiences you get at 2-year Americ...

    CATEGORY: Education Officership ROTC

    Learning to Lead
    LEARNING TO LEAD: AMERICA’S MILITARY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
    7:39
  • Steady employment, pay raises, promotions

    The Army has provided at least $100,000 in education benefits to me…I’ve been em...

    CATEGORY: Officership Benefits Education

    Caggins
    Steady employment, pay raises, promotions
    1:01
  • Starting at the top

    Captain Kenrick Forrester “knows how to lead people across any spectrum…. Here I...

    CATEGORY: ROTC Education Officership

    Forrester
    Starting at the top
    1:01
  • Training Soldiers to be better, faster, stronger

    Major Eric McCoy finds that “The Army’s strength is in its people… it’s about th...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    McCoy
    Training Soldiers to be better, faster, stronger
    1:00
  • For Those Born to Lead

    “If you’re on student government… if you’re the kind of person that people rally...

    Caggins
    For Those Born to Lead
    0:30
  • It’s the Best Job in the World

    When First Lieutenant Curtis Dotson isn’t flying a helicopter “to find the bad g...

    Dotson
    It’s the Best Job in the World
    01:01
  • Army ROTC: From Student to Officer

    Cadet Richard Dolan knew he wanted to become a leader. See why he chose Army ROT...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership ROTC

    Cadet Richard Dolan
    Army ROTC: From Student to Officer
    04:00
  • Officer Candidate School: A Leader in 12 Weeks

    In OCS, college graduates and Soldiers with degrees, like Candidate Ricky Jones,...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership Officer Candidate School

    OCS Candidate Ricky Jones
    Officer Candidate School: A Leader in 12 Weeks
    03:56
  • West Point: Graduate as an Officer

    A rigorous curriculum and unparalleled training in leadership, that’s why Cadet ...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Cadet Jae Yu
    West Point: Graduate as an Officer
    03:58
  • Direct Commission: From Civilian to Officer

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

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership Direct Commission

    CPT Airin Rhinehart
    Direct Commission: From Civilian to Officer
    03:55
  • Proudest Moments

    Chaplain Gauthier began his Army career as a Reserve Soldier. See his journey to...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs Chaplain

    TAGS: Chaplain 56A

    Chaplain Gauthier
    Proudest Moments
    01:48
  • Chaplain Panzer

    See what Father Panzer has to say about his Army Chaplain training and why he ca...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs Chaplain

    TAGS: Chaplain 56A

    Father Panzer
    Chaplain Panzer
    01:42
  • Jerome Brumby

    See how Jerome made the most of his opportunities in the Army.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Chemical Officer WMDs

    Jerome Brumby
    01:09
  • BECOME AN OFFICER

    Diversity of officership in the Army. Men and woman who inspire and motivate.

    Officer crest
    BECOME AN OFFICER
    01:15
  • ARMY ROTC

    Follows several college students that have joined the ROTC at their college or u...

    ARMY ROTC
    03:16
  • DIRECT COMMISSION

    Video of two post graduates that obtained education and officership through the ...

    DIRECT COMMISSION
    03:02
  • OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL

    explains how prior service and recent graduates can get on the fast track to off...

    OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL
    03:07
  • Second Lieutenant Ingrid Alvarez

    What inspired me to join the Army Reserve was mainly the focus that I was lookin...

    Second Lieutenant Ingrid Alvarez
    2:42
  • Captain Saco Nazloomian

    I specifically wanted to join the reserve component because I always wanted to b...

    Captain Saco Nazloomian
  • Episode 2:

    The Army teaches you strong leadership skills. Same thing with NCAA sports.

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Episode 2:
    04:37
  • Episode 7:

    Watch how the Army keeps up with the highest standards of journalistic integrity...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Broadcast Journalist Civil Affairs Officer

    Episode 7:
    04:39
  • Episode 9:

    See what the Army and the NBA have in common.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: 35F Military Intelligence Officer

    Episode 9:
  • Episode 10:

    Find out what an Army MP instructor has to say about coaching NCAA football.

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Episode 10:
    04:37
  • West Point Instructor / Athletic Director

    See how managing Soldiers and college athletes requires similar leadership skill...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    West Point Instructor / Athletic Director
    06:09
  • Broadcast Journalism Instructor / ESPN Producer

    Discover how the U.S. Army compares with the highest standards of journalistic i...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Broadcast Journalist Civil Affairs Officer

    Broadcast Journalism Instructor / ESPN Producer
    04:39
  • Operations Research Systems Analyst / Denver Nuggets Director of Quantitative Analysis

    Go behind the numbers and learn what the U.S. Army and the NBA have in common.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: 35F Military Intelligence Officer

    Operations Research Systems Analyst / Denver Nuggets Director of Quantitative Analysis
    05:48
  • 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
  • Making Officers, Building Leaders

    Soldiers describe the ROTC program and their experiences - what it takes to beco...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Training

    Making Officers, Building Leaders
    02:20
  • A Balanced College Experience

    Soldiers describe their experience as a college student while in the ROTC progra...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Scholarships

    A Balanced College Experience
    02:03
  • Making Officers, Building Leaders

    Soldiers describe the ROTC program and their experiences - what it takes to beco...

    Making Officers, Building Leaders
    02:20
  • 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
  • With Strength Comes Responsibility

    Soldiers talk about their experience of being in the ROTC. Officers talks about ...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Money For College

    With Strength Comes Responsibility
    01:50
  • 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, experience of the...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Officers

    Making of an Officer
    02:59
  • 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
    01:00
  • First Lieutenant Maureen Bickett

    First Lieutenant Maureen Bickett (Reserve Officer) talks about experience/benefi...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    First Lieutenant Maureen Bickett
    01:07
  • Meeting in ROTC

    First Lieutenants Clint & Maureen Bickett (Reserve Officer) talks about experien...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    Meeting in ROTC
    00:41
  • A World of Options

    The first in his family to attend college thanks to an ROTC scholarship, John Pa...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Training

    A World of Options
    01:43
  • Becoming a Leader

    John Paul and his ROTC superiors discuss his leadership development and personal...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    Becoming a Leader
    02:06
  • 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
  • Get The Education You Want

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

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Education

    Get The Education You Want
    01:12
  • Turn Dreams Into Reality

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

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    Turn Dreams Into Reality
    01:10
  • The Foundation of a Leader

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

    The Foundation of a Leader
    01:03
  • The Strength to Take Charge

    Captain Philip Romanelli (Reserve, Officer), talks about job role/experience/ben...

    The Strength to Take Charge
    01:15
  • Serving When Needed

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

    Serving When Needed
    01:35
  • Balancing Work and Life

    Captain Philip Romanelli (Reserve, Officer), talks about job role/experience/ben...

    Capt Philip Romanelli rowing
    Balancing Work and Life
    01:01
  • 2LT Travis Street

    Kay Street was initially worried when Travis enrolled in ROTC but supported his ...

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Family

    2LT Travis Street
    2:24
  • 2LT Travis Street

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

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Family

    2LT Travis Street
    02:28
  • 2LT Travis Street

    Travis' mother inspires him to work hard and pursue his dreams.

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Family

    2LT Travis Street
    02:02
  • Captain Marisol Chalas

    UH 60 Blackhawk Pilot Chalas joined the Army Reserve as an enlisted finance spec...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Aviation Army Reserve

    Captain Marisol Chalas
  • Captain Kendrick Forrester

    18A Special Forces Officer Forrester joined the Army as an enlisted medical spec...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Special Forces 18A

    Captain Kendrick Forrester
  • Specialist Nelly Medel

    Medel joined the Army for an opportunity to succeed "I wanted to do something mo...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: 11B Military Police

    Specialist Nelly Medel
  • First Lieutenant Steven Rendon

    Infantry Officer Rendon is executive officer for his unit. He earned his commiss...

    TAGS: Infantry Officer 11A

    First Lieutenant Steven Rendon
  • First Lieutenant Tony Reinhard

    I come from a background of Soldiers and fighters. Both my uncles on my mom's si...

    TAGS: Infantry Officer 11a

    First Lieutenant Tony Reinhard
  • Officer Army Housing

    A Soldier welcomes us into his home, introduces us to his wife, and then takes u...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Post Housing Army Family

    Officer Army Housing
    02:36
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LEARNING TO LEAD: AMERICA’S MILITARY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

See how the unique training, mentorship and experiences you get at 2-year American Military Junior Colleges and 4-year American Senior Military Colleges distinctly prepare you to become a leader and a commissioned officer.

Leadership comes from within. Leadership has to be inculcated from inside. It’s gotta be in your heart. You gotta want to motivate men and women and lead them to excellence… the quiet courage, the unerring compass by which I lead today.
It was something I’d never tried before. It was a good opportunity. I took advantage of it and I love it.
I love the atmosphere here, I love seeing all the Cadets in uniform. It was just, it was a motivating experience.
Going this route, going to this school, getting the education, it’s enabled me to really fulfill my ambitions in life.
I find Cadets are attracted to senior military colleges for a couple of primary reasons. They want to become a Commissioned Officer, and they also want to have a college experience.
Even though some people think that it’s divided because you have the military school atmosphere and the civilian atmosphere, when it comes to classes and clubs, we’re actually pretty interconnected.
You sit out in the stands and being able to look up and just see 85,000 plus people, the crowd’s just roaring, it’s just amazing.
Most of the R.O.T.C. programs at American universities are four-year programs. The military junior college is a unique institution in that we frontload all the military training and actually commission them after their sophomore year.
They can take you from not knowing anything, and in two years, they can turn you into an Officer. And I see the improvement that I’ve personally made just in one year.
Come on, come on!
One of the main reasons I came here was the E.C.P. program, the Early Commissioning Program. The Early Commissioning Program is a program where I will be a lieutenant in two years of schooling. And then I go to another college for two more years to get my bachelor’s degree, and you get to decide after that whether you want to go Active, Reserve or National Guard. You get the training, you get experience not only in the military but just as a leader that you can use in the civilian world. You’re more disciplined, more organized, you’re better in front of people.
The Corps sets you up to succeed in whatever your life goals are. Cadets here have gone on to be generals, to run multi-million dollar organizations in the civilian sector.
C.E.O.s, senior business officials, senior government officials, the sky’s the limit on what they can achieve.
They’re learning how to be leaders in what I like to call Leadership Laboratory. And they learn from those experiences day in and day out.
The leadership experience that you get here is not just theory… you put it into practice, and you can’t really find that in many other places.
We actually step into the roles of squad leaders, of platoon sergeants, of first sergeants, and so forth, and you get graded on that.
I commanded a Cadet company for an entire year, and I actually had a full staff that was mirrored exactly off of an infantry company in the military.
When you get out of college, you still have more experience leading people than any other college kid.
I’m not gonna be afraid of taking on leadership positions. That’s the biggest difference. It’s gonna be second nature to take on those leadership roles.
You need to be able to instill motivation and learn how to inspire people, and that’s what I’ve learned here.
And one of the aspects of learning to lead is learning to follow. And we do that by ensuring that they are well advised, that they are mentored, they are counseled.
I really like the academics here. For one, it’s the smaller classes as opposed to a traditional school, so there’s more opportunity for that one-on-one with the teacher.
What are we interested in? Yes sir, mister…
They know you by name and when you go in for help, they can help you personally because they know what your study habits are and they know how you learn.
The difference here is we’re just waiting for the kids to come in and see us because it makes our day.
And they will sit down and personally help you if you want their advice. That right there is a big advantage. How many times have you sat at home and couldn’t figure out a math problem, and your teacher wasn’t around? Right now, we have teachers in the building, three or four of them, every night to help you out with that.
The Army is investing in the leaders of tomorrow. One way they’re doing it is the college scholarships.
I am on Army four-year R.O.T.C. scholarship, and it pays for your tuition, your books and your student fees.
I love talking about scholarships. At this point, Cadet Command has more scholarship dollars available than we have qualified applicants.
It’s a good opportunity for Cadets to come in and have their school paid for so that they don’t have anything to worry about. They can focus on their studies, and once they get commissioned into the Army, they can have all the skills necessary to be a good Officer.
I have no student loans. So overall, I’m almost getting school for free.
When I was in the corps of Cadets, that was your life. All the challenges that were placed on you, you had a bond with those who had a shared interest and went through the same challenges of being here. It wasn’t something that was given to you. It was something that you had to earn. I think the very same is true today. Those are endearing friendships.
Something different, something unique, you know. You go through trials together and you overcome those trials together, and I think that builds stronger friendships for later on down the road.
We’re like a big family. We love each other, we hate each other. But we all have to work together, and come game time, we’re able to make the impossible happen.
I’ve made some of the best friends. You go through so much with them, you just make a bond. They’re your brothers and sisters here.
It means a lot to be a second lieutenant in the United States Army. It means that I get the opportunity to lead the sons and daughters of this nation, gives me the opportunity to contribute my part in serving this country. And it doesn’t only mean a lot to me, it means a lot to my family.
I have much more ambition than I ever had before. I see so much more that I could be doing with my life, and I have so much more drive to do it.
We all have something greater to consider. So that right there makes it all worth it. You have to experience it to understand how great it is.
Personal motivation, academic excellence, physical courage and intellectual courage. This is not just military service. This is service to nation. That comes from that spirit. That is why they are here.
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