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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 ROTC as his path from college student to officer.

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  • The Campus Cadre

    Soldiers describe the role of the cadre of the ROTC program.

    The Campus Cadre
    01:38
  • Different Programs For Different Needs

    Soldiers and Professors talk about the ROTC program and their experiences.

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Colleges

    Different Programs For Different Needs
    01:53
  • 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
  • An Enhanced Education

    Soldiers in the Army ROTC Nurse program talks about: the program, benefits of be...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    An Enhanced Education
    02:33
  • Making Officers, Building Leaders

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

    Making Officers, Building Leaders
    02:20
  • Leader Development and Assessment Course

    Video shows nonscripted real- life examples of ROTC activities.

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Training

    Leader Development and Assessment Course
    01:00
  • Greater Responsibilities

    Soldiers in the Army ROTC Nurse program talks about: their experiences, advanta...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    Greater Responsibilities
    02:24
  • A Way to Pay for College

    Soldiers talk about their experience of joining ROTC and its educational benefit...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Money For College

    A Way to Pay for College
    02:06
  • 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
  • Leader's Training Course

    Soldiers describe the ROTC program and their experiences: Leadership's Training ...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Training

    Leader's Training Course
    03:00
  • 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 Most Rewarding Experience

    Hear why First Lieutenant Clint Bickett found ROTC “the most rewarding experienc...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Medical Corps

    First Lieutenant Clint Bickett
    A Most Rewarding Experience
    01:18
  • Jeff Davis

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

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    Jeff Davis
    01:14
  • Getting the Most Out of College

    Cadet Jeff David (Reserve, cadet) talks about experience/benefits - started in j...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Sports Management

    Getting the Most Out of College
    01:26
  • Something to Be Proud of

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

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Tradition

    Something to Be Proud of
    01:02
  • 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
  • A Strong Family

    John Paul’s parents and ROTC superiors discuss how the Army ROTC program incorpo...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Family

    A Strong Family
    01:09
  • 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
  • RJ Custodio

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

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    RJ Custodio
    01:06
  • RJ Custodio

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

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    RJ Custodio
    01:16
  • RJ Custodio

    Cadet RJ Custodio (Reserve, cadet), talks about experience/benefits - ROTC has ...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Life

    RJ Custodio
    01:02
  • The Foundation of a Leader

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

    The Foundation of a Leader
    01:03
  • 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
  • True Camaraderie

    Cadet Marissa Bernadette (Reserve) talks about experience/benefits - Experience ...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    True Camaraderie
    01:50
  • Becoming A Leader

    Cadet Marissa Bernadette (Reserve) talks about experience/benefits - Being in RO...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    Becoming A Leader
    01:43
  • Furthering Her Career

    Cadet Marissa Bernadette (Reserve) talks about experience/benefits - similarites...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    Furthering Her Career
    01:25
  • 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
  • 2 LT Travis Street

    Travis forms a special bond with Master Sgt (MSG) Martin Celestine who helps him...

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Family

    2 LT Travis Street
    02:28
  • 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
  • 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
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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 ROTC as his path from college student to officer.

CADET RICHARD DOLAN I went to military school when I was in the 7th and 8th grade. So I was pretty much on track for the Army since about that time. The Army R.O.T.C. is Reserve Officer Training Corps. When you come into R.O.T.C. you could either commission into the Army Reserve, the Army National Guard or Army Active Duty.
LTC JOSEPH PISHOCK Army R.O.T.C. is a process by which we take a college student who is interested in a career of service to the Nation and we give them the skills, the education and the training required to serve as an Officer in the United States Army. An officer is inherently someone who can turn their thoughts into someone else's action. That's not an easy skill to learn and certainly a very difficult skill to master. I'd submit to you that that's valuable in any career in any walk of life.
CADET RICHARD DOLAN My path into R.O.T.C. was straight from high school into college. I spoke with a recruitment officer here at St. John's University and he put me on track to get admitted to the school. So once I met the age requirements and the medical requirements I contracted into an active duty scholarship.
LTC JOSEPH PISHOCK For those who know that Army R.O.T.C. is what they want to do, then they have opportunities at the Freshman, Sophomore and as late as the beginning of their Junior year to compete for and earn an Army R.O.T.C. scholarship. If you're an Army Scholarship recipient then you're going to graduate college by and large debt free.
CPT DEXTER SMITH The other benefit just in my experience and what I see in the day-to-day life with the cadets is the discipline that's involved.
CADET RICHARD DOLAN Every day you're a cadet and every day you need to uphold the standard of a cadet and you need to understand that you are in the Army, you represent this program. However, you're not wearing the uniform every day. You get to make friends, you get to join clubs, you get to join Fraternities and Sororities. And when you graduate college, not only do you get your degree but you also get a commission in the United States Army.
LTC JOSEPH PISHOCK Graduates will commission into one of 16 different career fields, so these are the more conventionally known career fields such as the Infantry or the Armory. But there's other opportunities such as communications signal corp., chemical corp., engineers. Over the summer times contracted cadets have the opportunity to go to airborne school or air assault school.
CADET RICHARD DOLAN It was a big confidence booster being seventy-five feet in the air repelling out of a helicopter. When I learned Korean through the Army I got to actually go to Korea. You go to LDAC after your Junior year, it's the Leadership Development Assessment Course. They put you in different situations like you lead mock missions with peers, other cadets from Army R.O.T.C. and what that does is it evaluates you as a leader.
LTC JOSEPH PISHOCK The skill that Army R.O.T.C. gives you is that of leadership. How to run organizations.
CADET RICHARD DOLAN You have to be inspiring. You have to inspire your subordinates. You have to inspire your peers and sometimes you have to inspire your superiors as well. The bigger picture is after you finish your last year you get commissioned as an Officer into the Army. You are serving the nation.
LTC JOSEPH PISHOCK Army R.O.T.C. is available at 275 host universities around the nation. But that doesn't mean that you have to go to one of those 275 colleges because you can be enrolled at a nearby school and participate in Army R.O.T.C. which essentially expands our opportunities to over 1100 colleges and universities across the country.
CPT DEXTER SMITH If you're at a school that has an R.O.T.C. program go to the recruiters office, talk to the recruiters, say hey, how do I at least at minimum get signed up for the class. Now if you’re on a campus that doesn't have an R.O.T.C. program what you want to do is do some research, find the campus that has the closest R.O.T.C. program contact the recruiter and see how you can get enrolled in their program.
LTC JOSEPH PISHOCK As long as you have two years remaining in college, you've got a chance to participate in Army R.O.T.C. And this includes graduate students who may be working on a master’s degree or in some cases even a PhD.
CPT DEXTER SMITH It's a four year program but the first two years anybody can sign up and that’s what those first two years are for, to see if the Army and the Army R.O.T.C. program is for you.
CADET RICHARD DOLAN If you're thinking about going to college at all or you're thinking about going into the Military at all, then this is definitely a place to be.
LTC JOSEPH PISHOCK There's no really one type of person that it takes. Because we all bring something, we all bring a level of diversity. Because the Army comes from the nation, and it comes from every race and religion and walk of life across the nation – Army R.O.T.C. represents that as well.
CADET RICHARD DOLAN There was never a doubt in my mind that the Army was the right place to be. I'm Cadet Richard Dolan. St John's University, Army R.O.T.C.
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