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Making Officers, Building Leaders

Soldiers describe the ROTC program and their experiences - what it takes to become a leader, the curriculum, physical training, time management, military science, practical training, basic map reading, land navigation, firing a rifle, water...

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • BECOME AN OFFICER

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

    Officer crest
    BECOME AN OFFICER
    01:15
  • 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
  • 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 10:

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

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Episode 10:
    04:37
  • 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' mother inspires him to work hard and pursue his dreams.

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Family

    2LT Travis Street
    02:02
  • 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
  • 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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Making Officers, Building Leaders

Soldiers describe the ROTC program and their experiences - what it takes to become a leader, the curriculum, physical training, time management, military science, practical training, basic map reading, land navigation, firing a rifle, water...

In terms of being a leader, a lot of it has to do with you taking care of yourself first, after that you can manage other people. Physically it's challenging because we have physical training in the morning Monday, Wednesday, Friday. And then additionally you have your classes and your leadership lab and so it did take a big chunk of time, but then one of the things they teach you in ROTC is time management.
This school puts what we train in the MS, the Military Science department, and we train discipline and we train all the military lifestyle and then we get to put it in practical application here. They have tremendous dedication. They will get up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 4:45 and they will show up properly dressed and ready for their PT. They'll spend a full day in academics, they'll go back to the Corps and they will take on leadership responsibilities and put in late hours. And still with all of that on their plate end up with very high academic averages.
We're doing basic map reading, land navigation, we're teaching them to fire the rifle. We also conduct water survival training. One of the things ROTC does is it challenges people in varying degrees as they move through the programs beginning very early on as being a freshmen and a sophomore.
I find that my experience in ROTC has been very empowering because I've done things I never ever thought I could do or was capable of but it's also been very humbling because you realize your dependence on other people and teamwork.
A few hours after I graduate I commission into the U.S. Army. Actual Army rank will be pinned on us and everything we have worked for in ROTC will have paid off with this rank and it's a symbol as a United States Army Officer someone who is held in utmost respect. It's an exciting new rank, it's an exciting new job, and commissioning is where it all begins.
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