Surfer & Citizen Soldier: Army Reserve

CPT Saco Nazloomian joined the Army Reserve to become a citizen Soldier. His unique mission is to get every one of his cadets out on the waves.

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Hi, I'm Captain Saco Nazloomian, Civil Affair Officer, United States Army Reserve.

I specifically wanted to join the reserve component because I always wanted to be a citizen Soldier. Because I think that today's citizen Soldiers really embody the essence the founding fathers thought of when they created a citizen Soldier. And it was that citizen Soldiery that those Lawyers and Architects and Brewers and Farmers that defeated the most professional Army that the world had ever seen. And I think that's the spirit of a citizen Soldier today and I kind of really wanted to embody that and be a part of that.

My civilian job currently is, I'm an ROTC instructor. Which means I'm the training officer for the Surf Rider Battalion Santa Barbara. Pretty much I'm a teacher, I teach Cadets to be trained Army Officers. I'm a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a counselor; it's a unique teaching position because we really work with these cadets closely.

I also do a lot of surfing out there, and my mission is to get everyone of our cadets at least on a surfboard once. You start to build certain comradery, certain trust, certain levels of bonding and that pays off in dividends. It kind of brings their class together and they have someone they can relate to.

The skills that I've learned in the Army Reserve have really helped me in the civilian side. Those leadership skills, the ability to communicate effectively, the ability to treat people with respectively and work together, all those things are so important in the civilian world and I don't think, honestly don't think that I would've developed those had it not been for the Army, Army Reserve.

Teamwork is an important aspect of military life in the Army. In Army Reserve especially we work in small teams, four person teams, eight person teams. You really have to be proactive in building a team and building those relationships and building that comradery and by doing that, that's when you become cohesive and you're able to accomplish the mission.

It's amazing what changes you'll see after you join the Army after a few years in the military, it's not something you don't change overnight. But you're constantly learning, you're constantly developing, and in five, ten years you'll see a dramatic change in yourself you've never thought possible. Just in the way that you carry yourself and the skills you've learned and the way you interact with people and the opportunities that are going to be available.

So I f you're thinking about joining the Army Reserve I would say, that you're definitely thinking about doing the right thing.