It wasn't only until about a year ago when I became introduced to the large black and gold leadership patch that many ROTC cadets proudly bear on their left shoulder. With seven years prior enlisted service, as a long-time national guard soldier, I can't say that my progression through college (in pursuit of my nursing degree) was actually the 'norm'. In fact, with a deployment to Afghanistan under my belt, as well as numerous state and federal activations (Hurricane Katrina Relief, etc...), it's no wonder that it took me roughly 7 years to accomplish what the 'ordinary' college student manages to complete in 4 years.
I have no regrets.
Serving my country has offered me many experiences that I wouldn't trade for the world. I've learned new skills, and have fostered amazing friendships. As an enlisted soldier, I learned many lessons that I hope to carry with me over to the officer ranks, now that I have recently earned my commission through ROTC. While this is my first post on ArmyStrongStories, I hope to share many of these stories of lessons learned. Throughout my time in ROTC, on into my recent completion of LDAC (the Leadership Development Assessment Course), I kept a journal detailing these 'lessons learned' in an attempt to provide future cadets with a comprehensive guide in order for them to apply towards their individual pursuits of Excellence.
I look forward to sharing these stories.