Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency
Degraw: My deployment to Indonesia was an experience that all cadets should take advantage of. Although it isnít training that results in a badge, the exposure to foreign military action develops skills that improve leadership tremendously. My situation was unique because I was able to experience the interaction between a large Indonesian force and a large US force. In other CULP deployments, the cadets get more experience dealing with foreign military personnel. In my experience, I was able to shadow a platoon leader as he interacted with Indonesian officers. The chance to experience foreign relations at such an early stage in my career has taught me skills that I can utilize both as a cadet and as a commissioned officer.
In addition to foreign relations, I also got the chance to experience what itís like to live amongst the Muslim culture. Throughout my deployment I was able to learn many of the dos and doníts from their perspective. Because many international conflicts revolve around Muslim countries, I feel better prepared to deploy to those areas if need be. I am thankful for the opportunity I was given and I recommend it to any cadet seeking a great experience.
Nursing Summer Training Program
Nursing Summer Training Program: Tripler Army Medical Center, Oahu
During my 30 days of the training program I was able to log 132 clinical hours in different specialty areas such as the ICU, progressive care, operating room, pulmonary and cardiac clinic, and the emergency department. I mainly worked on the progressive care unit where I was paired up with a 1LT who showed me the ropes on being an officer and a nurse. I also participated in a state wide mass casualty event that all branches of the military participated in. Whenever I was not working a clinical rotation I spent time traveling around the island, meeting new people, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and anything else available on the island. Towards the end of the program I gave an inservice to my progressive care unit on reducing IV push medication errors and presented a project on the role of nursing during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Leaders Training Course
This past summer I attended Leaders Training Course (LTC) at Ft Knox, KY. My fellow cadets and I received an intense greeting from Drill Sergeants as we arrived on busses. The course was a fast paced survey of basic army tasks and warrior skills needed in the Army and ROTC. The training included Drill and Ceremony, the Combat Water Survival Test, map reading and land navigation, obstacle courses, marksmanship, tactical lanes (STX), and leadership responsibilities.
Before LTC, I was anxious about what to expect. So many of my concerns before LTC were unfounded. The pace of training and daily tempo were so quick that anxiety was swept away to make room for greater priorities. The rigorous training events, preparation for the next dayís training, or assisting squad members seemed to fill every moment of the days and nights. The Army values and Army ethos were put into practice each day. The experience is one of a kind, and will remain a formative event in my life.