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Get The Education You Want

Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - how/why he joined ROTC (better education, challenged as a student), talked to a ROTC recruiter while in community college and it was in line with his goals. Mother is g...

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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
  • PVT Andrew Todhunter

    Learn more about the discipline, specialized skills and expert training behind a...

    CATEGORY: Technology and Weapons Featured

    TAGS: Snipers Basic Training

    Army sniper
    PVT Andrew Todhunter
    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
  • 11B – Airborne Infantry:

    Learn parachuting protocol and orienteering, utilizing the most cutting edge equ...

    11B – Airborne Infantry:
  • PRIVATE CAVE

    Private Cave answers Moritz from Rochester, Michigan who asks; "How long basic t...

    PRIVATE CAVE
  • 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
  • Sapper Tab

    The Sapper tab is worn by those elite Soldiers that have passed the Sapper Leade...

    Sapper Tab
    2:12
  • Delta Company 425h

    Delta Company 425h Civil Affairs Battalion will be deploying in support of Opera...

    Delta Company 425h
  • Otto Padron

    Otto describes how his Army Reserve service helped him develop leadership skills...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Infantry

    Otto Padron
    01:20
  • 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
  • Private First Class Brandon Kalaskey

    Kalaskey joined the Army during his senior year in high school. He feels a sense...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: 11B Infantry

    Private First Class Brandon Kalaskey
  • 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
  • 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
  • First Lieutenant Tony Reinhard

    I come from a background of Soldiers and fighters. Both my uncles on my mom's si...

    TAGS: Infantry Officer 11a

    First Lieutenant Tony Reinhard
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Get The Education You Want

Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - how/why he joined ROTC (better education, challenged as a student), talked to a ROTC recruiter while in community college and it was in line with his goals. Mother is g...

Otto always wanted to go to a private university; we didn't have money to send him to a private school. Basically I was getting the education that I could afford, not necessarily the education that I wanted for myself. But Otto's dream was always to go to the University of Miami. I had to find a source that would allow me the opportunity to go to a better school.
So one day, walking through my community college, I look over and there was a ROTC recruiter. And I started asking him questions and all of the answers that I was getting, they seemed to all line up in the direction that I wanted to move. I wanted to move to a better school; I wanted a higher education; I wanted to be challenged as a student. And at that point, the light bulb went on and - Eureka! - here I am.
The Army helped him find his path in life and Otto came out a grown man. I'm grateful to the Army for everything they've done for my son. It's an indescribable emotion. I feel it with all my heart.
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