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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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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Family Man: A Family Medicine Physician on the Army Healthcare Team

    As a family physician and AMEDD officer on the U.S. Army healthcare team, Lt. Co...

    TAGS: family man family physician army physician amedd officer family medicine physician

    Family Man: A Family Medicine Physician on the Army Healthcare Team
    02:15
  • Lieutenant Colonel James D. Mancuso

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

    Lieutenant Colonel James D. Mancuso
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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

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    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

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    Starting at the top
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  • 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

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    Training Soldiers to be better, faster, stronger
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  • For Those Born to Lead

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

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    For Those Born to Lead
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  • It’s the Best Job in the World

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

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  • Army ROTC: From Student to Officer

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

    CATEGORY: Officership

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    Cadet Richard Dolan
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  • Officer Candidate School: A Leader in 12 Weeks

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

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

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

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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...

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    CPT Airin Rhinehart
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  • Proudest Moments

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

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    Chaplain Gauthier
    Proudest Moments
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  • Chaplain Panzer

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

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    TAGS: Chaplain 56A

    Father Panzer
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  • Jerome Brumby

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

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    Jerome Brumby
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  • BECOME AN OFFICER

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

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    BECOME AN OFFICER
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  • ARMY ROTC

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    ARMY ROTC
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  • DIRECT COMMISSION

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

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  • OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL

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  • Second Lieutenant Ingrid Alvarez

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

    Second Lieutenant Ingrid Alvarez
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  • Captain Saco Nazloomian

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    Captain Saco Nazloomian
  • Episode 2:

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  • Episode 7:

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

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  • Episode 9:

    See what the Army and the NBA have in common.

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  • Episode 10:

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

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  • West Point Instructor / Athletic Director

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  • Broadcast Journalism Instructor / ESPN Producer

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    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

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    Broadcast Journalism Instructor / ESPN Producer
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  • Green to Gold

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  • The Campus Cadre

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    The Campus Cadre
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  • Making Officers, Building Leaders

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    Making Officers, Building Leaders
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  • A Balanced College Experience

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    A Balanced College Experience
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  • Making Officers, Building Leaders

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

    Making Officers, Building Leaders
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  • Skills That Last A Lifetime

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  • With Strength Comes Responsibility

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  • The Making of an Army Officer

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  • Making of an Officer

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  • Making of an Officer

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  • First Lieutenant Maureen Bickett

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    Meeting in ROTC
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  • A World of Options

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  • Becoming a Leader

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  • Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime

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    Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime
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  • Get The Education You Want

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    Get The Education You Want
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  • Turn Dreams Into Reality

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    Turn Dreams Into Reality
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  • The Foundation of a Leader

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    The Foundation of a Leader
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    The Strength to Take Charge
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  • 2LT Travis Street

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    CATEGORY: Parents

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    2LT Travis Street
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    2LT Travis Street
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  • 2LT Travis Street

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

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    2LT Travis Street
    02:02
  • Captain Marisol Chalas

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    Captain Marisol Chalas
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    Captain Kendrick Forrester
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    TAGS: 11B Military Police

    Specialist Nelly Medel
  • First Lieutenant Steven Rendon

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    TAGS: Infantry Officer 11A

    First Lieutenant Steven Rendon
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  • 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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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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