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Turn Dreams Into Reality

Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - talked to a ROTC recruiter while in community college and it was in line with his goals. Benefits: leadership and decision-making skills, opportunities you don’t get in...

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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
  • 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
  • Making the Right Decision

    Sgt Tyree Brown talks about why he joined - stuck at a job, wanted a career. Ben...

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Family

    Making the Right Decision
    01:41
  • SGT Katherine Butterfield

    Katherine talks about the importance of keeping the lines of communication open ...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Signal Support Systems Radio Mechanic

    SGT Katherine Butterfield
    01:02
  • SGT John Calderon

    John talks about his decision to join and how supportive his parents were once t...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Helicopters Army Aviation

    SGT John Calderon
    00:39
  • SPC Shawn Deedrick

    Shawn talks about the challenges of his job and how rewarding it is to serve his...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Avionics Equipment Repairer Army Aviation

    SPC Shawn Deedrick
    00:43
  • SPC Alysha Ford

    See how the Army has helped Alysha and her entire family become Army Strong.

    CATEGORY: Family

    TAGS: Aviation 09W

    SPC Alysha Ford
    0:45
  • Strength to Sustain

    The safety of a Blackhawk Helicopter lies in the hands of the UH-60 Helicopter R...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Aviation

    Strength to Sustain
  • An Education in Benefits

    SPC Antoine Grimes describes a day of life on post: 9-5 day, have time to spend ...

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Family

    An Education in Benefits
    00:39
  • Heading in the Right Direction

    SPC Antoine Grimes talks reasons for joining and mother supports him - joining w...

    CATEGORY: Parents

    TAGS: Parents Family

    Heading in the Right Direction
    00:43
  • CW2 Verdo Jackson

    See how Verdo found his calling as a Blackhawk Pilot in the Army.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Aviation Army Helicopters

    CW2 Verdo Jackson
    00:40
  • SGT Magdalena James

    Find out how Magdalena's training and personal experience have helped her become...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Counter Intelligence Special Agent

    SGT Magdalena James
    00:49
  • SGT Kristen King

    See how Kristen's job in the Army Reserve gives her experience that will help he...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Broadcast Journalist Army Reserve

    SGT Kristen King
    01:10
  • PFC Charles Landeros

    Charles talks about the pride he takes in working on Blackhawks and the camarade...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Helicopters Army Aviation

    PFC Charles Landeros
    00:55
  • Tracey Lyons

    See how Tracey gains valuable medical experience while taking care of Soldiers, ...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs Featured

    TAGS: EMT Medical Corps

    Army Combat Medic
    Tracey Lyons
    00:37
  • SGT William Morton

    See how William's Army Reserve training will help prepare him for a civilian car...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Radar Repairer

    SGT William Morton
    00:49
  • SGT Danny Rogers

    As a Military Police Working Dog Handler, Danny works with a specially trained d...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Military Police Army Animals

    SGT Danny Rogers
    00:46
  • Achieve their goals in life

    Sergeant Whaley talks about helping prospects achieve their goals.

    TAGS: Recruiter Support

    Achieve their goals in life
    00:42
  • Make the prospect feel comfortable

    Staff Sergeant Roger Whaley talks about meeting with prospects.

    TAGS: Recruits ASVAB

    Make the prospect feel comfortable
    01:12
  • 1st Lieutenant Kirkdon McBride - Physical Therapist

    1st Lieutenant Kirkdon McBride, Physical Therapist goes into detail about job, b...

    1st Lieutenant Kirkdon McBride - Physical Therapist
    01:32
  • Major Shane Anderson

    Major Anderson explains his motivation for choosing a career in Army medicine an...

    Major Shane Anderson
    01:41
  • 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
  • Opportunities

    1st Lieutenant Savannah Estes, Critical Care Nurse talks about role/experience/b...

    CATEGORY: Medicine

    TAGS: Nurse Medical Professions

    Opportunities
    02:24
  • Telling the stories of America's heroes

    Staff SGT Marshall Pesta shares his pride in communicating the daily sacrifices ...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: broadcast_specialist internal tags:Careers/Communications

    Telling the stories of America's heroes
    01:32
  • 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
  • Serving my country through Army band

    Listen to how SGT Ian Schmidt has played for Soldiers, dignitaries and communiti...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Bandsman Army Bands

    Serving my country through Army band
    00:47
  • Desire to be an Infantry Soldier

    LT COL Thomas J. Sheehan describes the 14-week training program for Special Forc...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Infantry Special Forces

    Desire to be an Infantry Soldier
    01:19
  • To be a Special Forces Soldier

    Master SGT Bradley Michael Felix explains what it takes to be a Special Forces S...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Special Forces Special Forces Operations Sergeant Special Forces Training

    To be a Special Forces Soldier
    01:04
  • Inside the Band

    Soldiers talk about their interest in music.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Bands Careers

    Army band singers
    Inside the Band
    01:22
  • Inside the Band

    Soldiers talk about their audition experiences.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Bands Audition

    Inside the Band
    01:32
  • Inside the Band

    Soldier's talk about the School of Music.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Bands Careers

    Inside the Band
    01:12
  • Inside the band

    Soldiers talk about being an Army Band member.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs Featured

    TAGS: Army Bands Careers

    Army band drummer
    Inside the band
    02:13
  • Inside the Band

    Soldier's talk about the friendships they develop.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Bands Careers

    Inside the Band
    00:44
  • Inside the Band

    Soldier's advise about joining an Army Band.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Army Bands Careers

    Inside the Band
    01:06
  • Staff Sergeant Johnson

    Our job is to provide clean, drinkable, bathable water.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    Staff Sergeant Johnson
  • Sergeant Paul Kindzierski

    This MOS seemed to be the most interesting.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers Construction & Engineering

    Sergeant Paul Kindzierski
  • Episode 6: Rose

    This crew team captain helps run the family farm — but is her work ethic enough ...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers

    Episode 6: Rose
    06:04
  • Episode 7: Jeremy

    His grandfather and uncle served their country, and his brother is an Army Serge...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers

    Episode 7: Jeremy
    05:47
  • Episode 9: Joseph

    The clock is ticking for Joseph to make a life-changing decision — to stay a civ...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers

    Episode 9: Joseph
    05:00
  • Episode 8: Alanna

    Alanna thinks the Army can help her pursue a career in humanitarian relief. Will...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers

    Episode 8: Alanna
    05:07
  • Starting Strong Trailer

    Have you asked yourself, Should I join the Army? Watch these Army videos that fo...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers

    Starting Strong Trailer
    01:30
  • Special Forces

    Special Forces are as tough as they come. Trained in a variety of skills, this b...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Special Forces Green Berets

    Special Forces
    Special Forces
    01:52
  • 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
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal

    EOD is a job that exemplifies the courage and skills of a U.S. Army Soldier. For...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Explosive Ordnance

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal
    01:52
  • Cryptological Linguist

    Learn how their particular skills make Army Linguists essential to communicating...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs linguists

    TAGS: Linguist Intelligence

    Linguist
    Cryptological Linguist
    01:45
  • Military Police

    Military Police play a vital role in protecting our troops both at home and over...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Military Police Virtual World

    Military Police
    01:14
  • Tactical Operations Center

    Watch why these experts are at the heart of any operation, able to set off quick...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Tactical Operation Center Virtual World

    Tactical Operations Center
    Tactical Operations Center
    01:59
  • PFC Mooney

    Private First Class Mooney from Avon Park, Florida answers Dillon from New Jerse...

    CATEGORY: Family

    TAGS: Soldier Life Careers

    PFC Mooney
    00:58
  • PFC Justin Myers

    Private First Class Justin Myers from Kingsburg, California answers Robert from ...

    CATEGORY: Family

    TAGS: Soldier Life Careers

    PFC Justin Myers
    00:37
  • Making the Right Decision

    Sgt Tyree Brown talks about why he joined - stuck at a job, wanted a career. Ben...

    Making the Right Decision
    01:41
  • The Army As A Career

    According to PFC Causey’s mother, failure for her daughter — in any regard — was...

    CATEGORY: Parents Family

    TAGS: College Parents Family Women Career

    The Army As A Career
    00:44
  • Benefits Overview

    The Army Reserve helps you get ahead after active duty. Benefits include: valuab...

    CATEGORY: Benefits

    TAGS: Army Reserve Army Healthcare

    Benefits Overview
    00:42
  • Army Reserve

    Soldiers describe the Army Reserve as a life-changing opportunity.

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Careers

    Army Reserve
  • SGT Antwan Smalls — Army Reserve: The Flexibility to Excel

    SGT Antwan Smalls explains how the Army Reserve gave him the chance for deployme...

    CATEGORY: Featured Army Reserve Career & Jobs Benefits Education

    SGT Antwan Smalls
    SGT Antwan Smalls — Army Reserve: The Flexibility to Excel
    2:00
  • Sergeant Justin Devon Loyd

    Loyd says his Army experience as a paratrooper gives him confidence, strength an...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: 11B Airborne Paratrooper

    Sergeant Justin Devon Loyd
  • 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
  • Staff Sergeant Marshal Pesta

    When I decided to join the Army is my best friends was joining the Army and aske...

    TAGS: public

    Staff Sergeant Marshal Pesta
  • Achieve their goals in life

    Sergeant Whaley talks about helping prospects achieve their goals.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Recruiter Support

    Achieve their goals in life
    00:42
  • Nervous and excited at the same time

    Victor talks about his nervousness and excitement.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Support Recruits

    Nervous and excited at the same time
    00:46
  • Make the prospect feel comfortable

    Staff Sergeant Roger Whaley talks about meeting with prospects.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Recruits ASVAB

    Make the prospect feel comfortable
    01:12
  • Talking to a Recruiter

    Brandon talks about talking to a recruiter.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Recruiter Support

    Talking to a Recruiter
    00:39
  • Prepared for Anything

    Captain Joe Swiecki describes his personal experience in the Special Forces and ...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Special Forces Training

    Special Forces
    Prepared for Anything
    00:42
  • Five Primary Missions

    Video shows nonscripted real- life examples of Special Forces mission activities...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Special Forces Training

    Special Forces Soldiers
    Five Primary Missions
    00:36
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Turn Dreams Into Reality

Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - talked to a ROTC recruiter while in community college and it was in line with his goals. Benefits: leadership and decision-making skills, opportunities you don’t get in...

One day, walking through my community college, I look over and there was a ROTC recruiter. Talking to that recruiter, I quickly realized that the ROTC program was going to give me an opportunity to attend the school that I wanted to go to and not just the school that I could afford. I immediately said, hey, this is the way to go, and I applied.
I was an ROTC Cadet and I believe first and foremost that you are a college student. All ROTC is going to do is, when everybody else is graduating, you're going to have that step up as far as leadership and decision-making skills.
It's not often that you see someone like Otto who consistently shows that leadership quality. He's a tremendous executive and we've seen him grow over the years. With big dreams and aspirations, you're not going to get very far if you don't have a way to shape and mold those particular aspirations. I think that ROTC gives you an opportunity at a different level that isn't necessarily a curriculum that's offered at a classroom.
We don't just prepare future Officers; we also prepare future civilian leaders, community leaders, governmental leaders. The training that I received at ROTC has applied throughout my entire career - both in my military as well as in my civilian. The ROTC experience was a great opportunity and a great avenue to achieve my goals.
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