Leaving for AROTC in 2 weeks; any last minute advice?

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  1. FutureSoldier44

    FutureSoldier44 Member

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    I'm leaving for the University of Wyoming in two weeks to begin my Army ROTC training and I was looking for any last minute advice and wisdom before I go in! Everything is helpful!
     
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  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Jump right in 110%.. Knock the APFT out of the park. Focus on grades above all. Volunteer whenever you can. Be a team player.
     
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    Thank you! I can max out the pushups and I'm close on the 2 mile, but situps need work. Any recommendations on boosting that PT score?
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Exercise! :D Just keep doing situps. I'm sure you can find a program online, perhaps by Stew Smith. You don't need to max it out day 1 but if you're close that would be great.The closer you can get to the 'outstanding' range, the better. If you can get a 'good' or better score then you will be in good shape. Of course you must at least get a satisfactory to avoid unwanted attention. And remember all things are a friendly competition.
     
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    Some suggestions for a new MS-I:
    • Focus on GPA above everything. Bad grades cause cadets more grief than anything else except maybe for the APFT.
    • Be a good team player, as Kinnem said. Help lift others who need assistance.
    • In your first year, get to bed earlier and go to PT every day. The routine will help you become more productive.
    • Major in something you are passionate about, your grades will follow suit.
    • Be organized. Get into a routine for both studying and fitness.
    • Make sure you have a place to study that allows you to do your best. For some that is the library, others it can be their dorm. Find your spot.
    • Remember this phrase: "If you aren't early, you are late." It is a great habit that builds a reputation.
    P.S. edit:
    • Build relationships with everyone but stay clear from negativity and losers. Don't get dragged down. Emulate those who also are striving for excellence.
    • Stay out of trouble. Avoid drugs and alcohol and bad behavior.
     
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  6. FutureSoldier44

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    Thank you guys for the advice it is much appreciated!!! This is what I've wanted my entire life and I just want to be as prepared as possible so that I can be the best soldier possible!
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I was going to add, bring enthusiasm to it.... but it seems you're already there!
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    And if any of your thinking starts with “I can probably get away with...” - just stop.
     
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  9. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    I can't add too much to the above posts. It has been covered in different verbiage but, don't be last in anything.

    "I just want to be as prepared as possible so that I can be the best soldier possible!"

    I know what you mean writing this on a public venue, but remember, you aspire to be an officer of Soldiers. That carries much more responsibility. To whom much is given, much is expected. When I made Chief in the USN, I quickly realized the nature of servant leadership. Those who say "they have people
    working for them" are bass ackwards. Leaders work for their subordinates. One mantra is Mission First. But guess what, if it were not for the people, the mission could not get done.

    My son is the CO of a unit in the 1st Marine Division and has gone to bat for his people to the point of almost getting [blanked] upon himself. Fortunately his reputation keeps him away from the wrath of the colonel. Remember leadership means "We is greater than me."
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Great post Doc!
     
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  11. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    Thanks, I roll one out every once in a while.
     
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  12. Humey

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    On a general note, do what you need to do in order to excel, but enjoy yourself because the next four years will be the best time of your life.
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    More than that, TeufelDoc.
     
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    Thank you very much! You did get my drift, I want to be a great soldier, and a great servant leader! You summed it up perfectly!
     
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  15. Devil Doc

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    I think you'll are gonna do great things. Also, enjoy the ride.
     
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