Overcoming Challenges: Army Reserve

Army Reserve Soldiers describe the skills they have gained from their training and how the Army Reserve has prepared them to adapt and handle any challenge both at home and abroad.

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Sergeant Marlene Garcia: As an Army Reserve Soldier you get to be a part of an organization in which you're growing, you have structure, and you get to serve your country.

Cristi Bundukamara, Associate Professor: Well you know, deployment gives you a lot of life experience in a short amount of time.

Sergeant Marlene Garcia: If I can complete a deployment over to Iraq, and come home safely, I can do anything.

The first day I actually walked into basic training I was so scared. I felt that I wasn't going to be able to make it and, from that day, compared to the day of graduation, I felt that I could accomplish anything.

Cristi Bundukamara, Associate Professor: It builds everybody up as a team and so everybody succeeds in Basic Training.

Sergeant Marlene Garcia: It taught me that no matter how tall the obstacle is, as long as I put my mind to it, I'm going to achieve it. After coming home from Basic Training I matured a lot. I was more driven and focused and I knew that once I completed school that, you know, the sky's the limit.

The Army Reserve allows you to take a step back and to evaluate how you can make a difference in someone else's life.