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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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  • Cavalry Scout

    Private First Class Alley talks about joing the Cavalry.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Soldier Life Cavalry Scout

    Cavalry Scout
    00:37
  • All-American Bowl History

    History of the All-American Bowl.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Events AAB

    All-American Bowl History
    06:33
  • NHRA Webisode 1

    Tony Schumacher and his Racing Team explain what they do to keep the team winnin...

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: Army Racing Dragster

    NHRA Webisode 1
    02:23
  • NHRA Webisode 2

    Tony Schumacher and his Crew Chief explain what goes on behind the scenes.

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: Army Racing NHRA

    NHRA Webisode 2
    01:40
  • NHRA Webisode 3

    Mike Green will take you for a tour around the race trailers.

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: Army Racing NHRA

    NHRA Webisode 3
    02:17
  • NHRA Webisode 4

    Tony Schumacher and his Racing Team explain what they do to keep the team winnin...

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: Army Racing NHRA

    NHRA Webisode 4
    02:13
  • NHRA Webisode 5

    Tony Schumacher and his Crew Chief explain what goes on behind the scenes.

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: Army Racing NHRA

    NHRA Webisode 5
    01:09
  • NHRA Webisode 6

    Just like every airborne or special forces soldier checks their equipment every ...

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: NHRA Army Racing

    NHRA Webisode 6
    01:24
  • NHRA Webisode 7

    Just like every airborne or special forces soldier checks their equipment every ...

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: NHRA Army Racing

    NHRA Webisode 7
    03:56
  • NHRA Webisode 9

    Our soldiers work under the expectations of being the best in the world every da...

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: NHRA Army Racing

    NHRA Webisode 9
    02:00
  • Racing Episode 06

    U.S. Army Racing Team members discuss how people are the most important factor i...

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: Army Racing NASCAR NHRA

    Racing Episode 06
    01:23
  • Racing Episode 9

    The man keys for great team work.

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: Ryan Newman Tony Schumacher

    Racing Episode 9 - Keys to Teamwork
    Racing Episode 9
  • CPT Nick Anderson

    Nick Anderson receives incomparable experience for life in the U.S. Army.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs Featured

    TAGS: JAG Law

    Army lawyer
    CPT Nick Anderson
    00:37
  • 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 2

    Trainees learn rifle and bayonet defense techniques, and then practice what they...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 2
    01:41
  • 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 4

    Trainees learn first aid as it relates to combat situations. Also included in th...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 4
    01:45
  • WEBISODE 5

    Trainees learn more team-building skills as they complete the confidence course....

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 5
    01:50
  • WEBISODE 8

    Set in an urban training environment, trainees learn how to safely enter and cle...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 8
    01:45
  • WEBISODE 9

    As trainees near graduation they must first pass the Warrior Challenge, an event...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Army Experience

    WEBISODE 9
    01:15
  • 2010 - EPISODE 1:

    Tensions are high as Soldiers prepare for 59 hours of grueling competition.

    CATEGORY: Events Featured

    TAGS: Best Ranger Start - Ep. 1

    2010 - EPISODE 1:
    03:58
  • 2010 - EPISODE 2:

    42 teams march into the darkness on a course of unknown length.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Buddy Run - Ep. 2

    2010 - EPISODE 2:
    04:47
  • 2010 - EPISODE 3:

    Soldiers operate the standard issue M4 Carbine. This is a warrior skill: Shoot, ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Stress Shoot - Ep. 3

    2010 - EPISODE 3:
    04:29
  • 2010 - EPISODE 4:

    Soldiers perform an aerial jump from 1,500 feet, attempting to land in a target ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Spot Jump - Ep. 4

    2010 - EPISODE 4:
    04:59
  • 2010 - EPISODE 5:

    With very little sleep or none at all, operating in extreme climate conditions, ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Day Stakes - Ep. 5

    2010 - EPISODE 5:
    05:07
  • 2010 - EPISODE 6:

    The Ranger’s medical First-Responder skill will be tested with the downed pilot ...

    TAGS: Best Ranger First Responder - Ep. 6

    Best Ranger 2010 Episode 6
    2010 - EPISODE 6:
    04:48
  • 2010 - EPISODE 7:

    Under physical conditions of stress, rangers must effectively fire five differen...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Stress Shoot - Ep. 7

    2010 - EPISODE 7:
    04:48
  • 2010 - EPISODE 8:

    26 obstacles spread over 2,000 meters make this one of the most difficult obstac...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Darby Queen - Ep. 8

    2010 - EPISODE 8:
    05:06
  • 2010 - EPISODE 9:

    Construct a poncho raft containing rucksacks and M4’s, then jump out of a UH-60 ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Helocast Swim - Ep. 9

    2010 - EPISODE 9:
    04:44
  • 2010 - EPISODE 10:

    Rangers must run an unknown distance while carrying an M4. Team members must sta...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Buddy Run - Ep. 10

    2010 - EPISODE 10:
    07:06
  • 2009 EPISODE 1 of 12: READY TO COMPETE

    Tensions are high as Soldiers prepare for 59 hours of grueling competition.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Start - Ep. 1

    2009 EPISODE 1 of 12: READY TO COMPETE
    03:13
  • 2009 EPISODE 2 of 12: THE BUDDY RUN

    49 teams march into the darkness on a course of unknown length.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Buddy Run - Ep. 2

    2009 EPISODE 2 of 12: THE BUDDY RUN
    03:49
  • 2009 EPISODE 3 of 12: THE DARBY QUEEN

    Soldiers tackle one of the most difficult obstacle courses -- the Darby Queen.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Darby Queen - Ep. 3

    2009 EPISODE 3 of 12: THE DARBY QUEEN
    04:14
  • 2009 EPISODE 12 of 12: CANOE EVENT

    In the final two events Soldiers will have to canoe down a river then complete t...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Canoe - Ep. 12

    2009 EPISODE 12 of 12: CANOE EVENT
    07:03
  • 2009 EPISODE 4 of 12: SPOT JUMP

    With more than 160 pounds of equipment on their backs, competitors race to see w...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Spot Jump - Ep. 4

    2009 EPISODE 4 of 12: SPOT JUMP
    04:01
  • 2009 EPISODE 5 of 12: MACHINE GUN RANGE

    Sharp shooting skills are put to the test as Soldiers will have to complete thre...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Machine Gun Range - Ep. 5

    2009 EPISODE 5 of 12: MACHINE GUN RANGE
    03:35
  • 2009 EPISODE 6 of 12: STRESS SHOOT

    Soldiers must move as a team through six designated firing positions and engage ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Stress Shoot - Ep. 6

    2009 EPISODE 6 of 12: STRESS SHOOT
    03:57
  • 2009 EPISODE 7 of 12: FOOT MARCH

    Soldiers must conduct a foot march at night for an unknown distance while carryi...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Foot March - Ep. 7

    2009 EPISODE 7 of 12: FOOT MARCH
    04:43
  • 2009 EPISODE 8 of 12: RANGER FIRST RESPONDER

    The Ranger's medical First-Responder skill will be tested with the downed pilot ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger First Responder - Ep. 8

    2009 EPISODE 8 of 12: RANGER FIRST RESPONDER
    04:07
  • 2009 EPISODE 9 of 12: TRI-TOWER

    Ranger teams will test their basic climbing skills, mountaineering, overcoming o...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Tri-Tower - Ep. 9

    2009 EPISODE 9 of 12: TRI-TOWER
    04:04
  • 2009 EPISODE 10 of 12: HELOCAST-SWIM

    With a 60-pound rucksack on their backs, Soldiers will perform a Helocast, then ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Helocast Swim - Ep. 10

    2009 EPISODE 10 of 12: HELOCAST-SWIM
    04:42
  • 2009 EPISODE 11 of 12: WATER CONFIDENCE TEST

    Soldiers will have to overcome their fears to conquer the Water Confidence Test.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Water Confidence - Ep. 11

    2009 EPISODE 11 of 12: WATER CONFIDENCE TEST
    05:26
  • Hi-tech space-oriented jobs

    Monitoring in-coming missiles in theaters of operations is an intricate dance be...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    Hi-tech space-oriented jobs
    01:00
  • I drew on a lot of my Army experience

    Lt. Col. Shane Kimbrough explains how his Army experiences helped him in his pre...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    I drew on a lot of my Army experience
    01:18
  • It is a pretty great job to be an astronaut

    Col. Timothy Kopra talks about his experiences in the Army that lead him to beco...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Astronaut Space

    It is a pretty great job to be an astronaut
    01:27
  • What is it like in space

    Col. Timothy Kopra answers Anthony Harris from Costa Masa, California, who asks;...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    What is it like in space
    01:50
  • My efforts to figure out what I am doing in life. I want

    Col. Timothy Kopra answers Jonathon Johnson from North Chicago, Illinois, who as...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    My efforts to figure out what I am doing in life. I want
    01:03
  • I was wondering what it is like work on

    Col. Timothy Kopra answers Steven Warren from Tallahassee, Florida, who asks; "I...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    I was wondering what it is like work on
    00:33
  • Infinite Possibilities

    Hear from Col. Tim Kopra what it\'s like to be Army Strong aboard the Internatio...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    Infinite Possibilities
  • Field Artillery

    The Howitzer artillery gun team is discussed by Soldiers who actually perform th...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Field Artillery Virtual World

    Field Artillery
    01:27
  • Many Benefits of Army Training

    PV2 Salas’ mother knew the Army would teach her son the discipline, focus, and t...

    CATEGORY: Parents Family

    TAGS: Parents Family Discipline Team

    Many Benefits of Army Training
    00:40
  • Army Reserve

    SPC Michael Olivero (Reserve, Enlisted), talks about job role/experience - why h...

    Army Reserve
    01:38
  • Start Strong

    Soldier's talk about their ROTC experiences.

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: Army ROTC Leadership

    Start Strong
    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
  • Meeting in ROTC

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

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    Meeting in ROTC
    00:41
  • The Strength Of Unity

    A Soldier talks about the Seven Values of the Army.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Soldier Life Army Values

    The Strength Of Unity
    01:17
  • Protecting Freedom

    A Soldier talks about tradition and protecting freedom.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Soldier Life Army Values

    Protecting Freedom
    01:39
  • The Army Experience

    Soldier's talk about the Army experience.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Soldier Life Training

    The Army Experience
    01:00
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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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