Georgetown University

“ My name is Kathryn Bycura, I’m originally from Austin, Texas, and I’m a nursing student in the Georgetown School of Nursing and Health Studies. During my senior year of high school I was waitlisted at Georgetown and decided that the University of Colorado was where I’d be enjoying my college experience. A phone call from the admissions office at Georgetown, however, changed my mind almost immediately. My parents supported my decision, offering to sell our home in order to finance my dream, but I couldn’t allow them to make such a large sacrifice. My dad had told me about ROTC before, but I didn’t think the “military route” was for me. My experiences with the military had been based on my dad’s service in the Air Force, and I could only think of all the times he hadn’t been around when I was younger. However, I knew I wanted to attend Georgetown and to study to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and had heard that Army ROTC was unique in what it had to offer. After doing some research, I learned that ROTC would give me the opportunity to pay for a school I couldn’t otherwise attend and would provide me with experiences in health care that I wouldn’t have as a civilian nurse. By the time of graduation, I would have had hands-on training and experience in an Army hospital, would take my NCLEX to become an RN, and would be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Over the course of my career I could work in military hospitals in Hawaii, Germany, or Korea. With all these opportunities, I was regretful that I hadn’t ever considered Army ROTC before. Now I am glad I have made the decision to do so. My experience with Army ROTC so far has been challenging and interesting, as I have never before done anything like it. I have learned a lot and have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. Probably the most satisfying part yet is knowing I am working to overcome the sheltered, timid girl I used to be. I now have an opportunity to become whoever I want to be in an organization that challenges me to step outside of myself and what my life was back in Austin, Texas. ”

Kathryn Bycura, Austin, TX


The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other completing military tasks. In addition to a written examination where Cadets test their Army knowledge, there are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Battalions leave a Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.


The National Society of Pershing Rifles gives Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to develop to the highest degree possible. Cadets can take part in precision trick rifle drill teams that provide them with the outstanding traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline.

Confidence Training

Doing things like rappelling or traversing an obstacle course to much morefor cadets than simply teach them useful skills or train them physically. Theseexciting activities help build individual confidence; confidence in yourself,your equipment and your peers. Once gained, this confidence can be seen inother areas of your life as well.

Commissioning Ceremony

Every May, after the graduations at the individual universities, cadets ofthe Hoya Program gather at Georgetown to watch as that year’s MSIVs arecommissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army. This event is theculmination of what, for many, has taken them four years of demanding trainingand study.

Holiday Party for Needy Children

Every year, in December, the Hoya Program holds a holiday party forunderprivileged children from the Washington, DC area. Complete with a cadetdressed as Santa, the children have a wonderful time opening gifts and playinggames with cadets. It is through programs like this that the Hoya Program tries to make a lasting impression in the Washington, DC community.