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“Growing up, most kids aspire to be something heroic or at least something that is perceived as cool. I never knew what I wanted to be when I got older, I went through school wondering and the only thing I ever really knew was that I wanted to be involved with the military in some manner. My father enlisted in the Army out of high school and as a result I lived the typical Army Brat life. In my senior year of high school, after many long decision making processes, I finally figured it out. I applied for the Army ROTC scholarship and began my adventure into the military world. Over a year ago, that journey officially began. I started studying Mechanical Engineering and living the Army ROTC life. It has had its ups and downs as with anything in life but I have gained invaluable training, memories and knowledge that I wouldn't trade for anything. I have learned how to balance a heavy class load with the responsibilities that come with being a Cadet and I am better for it. Being a member of Army ROTC has been a highly enjoyable experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to do something more. Rockets lead the way!”
Savannah Hill 2016 Mechanical Engineering Major
“I was very excited to start back with Army ROTC this semester; to see all of my friends
that have been gone over the summer and hear all their crazy stories from their summer
training. Also to officially be considered as an upperclassman and take the responsibilities
that comes along with it. I’ve always loved the idea of being in the Army. As I deliberated
college the option of ROTC was brought to my attention and I was interested immediately.
I began researching the idea and found that opportunities it brought were far beyond
my realm of imagination. Not just the scholarship, but the chance to be a part of
the greatest fighting force in the world is an amazing opportunity. I will not only
be a part of it, but I am being trained for a leadership position to command the finest
troops in the world. The training will not only prepare me for my position in the
Army; it has also helped my everyday performance in class and work. It can be difficult
at first to balance work, school and Army ROTC. You just have to find the right routine
that works you.
“When I applied for an Army ROTC scholarship, I truly did not have any idea of what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that it involved the Army, and some of my schooling being paid for. I quickly learned that Army ROTC is a professionally structured organization, with Cadets leading Cadets. Within this chain of leadership were many outstanding individuals who have all played a role in my own development. I have met some great people and have even established friendships on the civilian side with people at the Rocket Battalion. Army ROTC is widely known as one of the best leadership programs in the country, and I am proud to be a part of it. The fundamental skills and discipline I obtain while in college will prepare me as I embark on life’s journeys. Army ROTC has also equipped me with excellent skills and experience that will aid in my pursuit of a civilian job. Having the opportunity to serve my country, and being able to continue developing as a professional are all pivotal aspects of Army ROTC and the Rocket Battalion. Oh, and getting my tuition paid for… that’s icing on the cake.”
Tyler Akers 2014 Criminal Justice Major
“Joining Army ROTC was one of the best and most important decisions I have made thus far in my life. Army ROTC has provided me with opportunities I never would have had as a regular college student. The training Army ROTC has provided me with has made me more outgoing, confident and quick on my feet both metaphorically and literally. I look forward to taking advantage of the amazing opportunities to visit exotic countries and experience different cultures later this year. I have met some great people, made better friends, and had experiences I will never forget in the Rocket Battalion.”
Rebecca Ruehl, 2015 Biology - Concentration in Pre-Med
“Coming into ROTC, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself in to. I'm a nursing major so I figured I would be doing things that went along with both Nursing and the Army. I knew I had to go to PT three days a week and go to MSL and lab every once in a while. I can pretty much say that the first few weeks of my freshmen year totally shocked me. PT was so much harder than I thought it was going to be, people were ordering me around telling me to do stuff that I had no clue how to do, and I didn't know a single person! I am so glad I stuck with it though. I think that if I wasn't in Army ROTC, my college experience wouldn't be the same. I have met some of the greatest people through the Army ROTC program. My favorite memory was Bold Warrior Competition my freshman year. Even though I was lost half the time, everyone helped me out and we all had a blast being the first all female team the Rocket Battalion ever sent. Overall, I have learned so much from everyone in the Battalion and I hope to continue to learn and contribute as I complete the program.”
Peggy Williamson UT 2014 Nursing Major
“My first few weeks of college being a part of the Rocket Battalion has done nothing but help me. Waking up every morning to attend Physical Training has really started my days off the right way. I know that this has helped me stay attentive and awake in class. If there is one thing I can take away from Army ROTC so far, it is that everyone is part of the same team. It’s a good feeling to know that as a freshman in college with only three weeks in to the semester, I already have a support group that is ready and willing to help me with any problems I may experience. I’ve been on several teams in the past. Army ROTC has been the best of them all. I have made more friends in the last few weeks than I ever thought possible. I have been given the opportunity to improve my physical condition and learn some of the basics of what it means to be a United States Army Cadet. I am looking forward to the challenges that my future will bring.”
Michael Cosenza 2016 International Business Major
“While being in Army ROTC I have met friends that I will have for the rest of my life. I have created bonds with people that I didn’t know could be made in such a shot time. Army ROTC has made me a better person mentally, physically and emotionally. I do not feel I would have done this great so far in my college career without having Army ROTC help me through it. Nursing school is a lot for me but Army ROTC has helped me become more efficient at managing the way I spend my time.”
Karen Quinn UT 2014 Nursing Major
“ The University of Toledo's U.S. Army ROTC program has afforded me a wealth of education, experience, and opportunity. For example, during the summer of 2011, I participated in the Project GO! language instruction program at Indiana University, Bloomington, where I undertook eight, arduous and intensive weeks of Russian language instruction.
During the summer of 2012, as part of Cadet Command's Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP) and through the support from the University of Toledo's Rocket Battalion, I was one of thirty American Students who were the very first Americans to attend, train, and graduate from the Republic of Georgia's NATO-sponsored, Partnership-for-Peace military mountaineering course, hosted at the Sachkhere Mountain Training and Education Center in Sachkhere, Imereti Province, Georgia. Throughout our training, we learned the fundamentals of military mountaineering, including: creating fixed ascending and descending rope systems, learning the basics of technical mountain climbing, negotiating mountainous obstacles, tactically descending mountainsides and crevices, and traversing through the Southern Caucasus Mountains.
The University of Toledo's Army ROTC program has provided me with the means and opportunities to create a profound and positive impact in the world. Without being a proud member of the Rocket Battalion, I would never develop the lasting friendships with previous (and current) Cadre, Cadets, and individuals from across the globe. I highly suggest giving this program a shot. The opportunities are, without a doubt, worthwhile to one's professional and personal development.
Jordan Annis 2014 Pre-Law Major
“I knew that along with a career in the Army, I also wanted a college education. Joining the Army ROTC program has given me this opportunity. I am now able to complete my college degree on a full scholarship as well as commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Army ROTC will help me achieve my goals of being a college graduate, and it will give me the knowledge and skills needed to be a leader for other Soldiers.
Army ROTC has enriched my college experience by still allowing me to participate in things that will help me later on in my military career. By joining Recon platoon, I have been able to master complex infantry tactics. I was able to compete in the Bold Warrior Competition and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge last year. I also participate in a Cultural Understanding and Language Program in Portugal for a month over the summer. These opportunities have opened my eyes to the many things I will be able to do once I commission after graduation.
I am looking forward to the remainder of my Army ROTC experience at The University of Toledo, also I am looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Nathaniel Osborne 2015 Exercise Physiology Major
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