The Fighting Crusaders
As students prepare for the transition to college, ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) is an option worth exploring. ROTC is a military scholarship program that pays or reimburses student college tuition. There are over a thousand colleges that offer ROTC.
A few of the benefits of ROTC are, upon graduating from college, students have a guaranteed job, graduate as a military officer, and receive health care benefits. Another benefit of the ROTC is the development of leadership skills which are applied in both a military setting and in careers. The ROCT identifies and enriches the passion in a person which helps mental and physical growth.
In order to receive the benefits, the ROTC requires the person to attend military training, dependent of the military branch. After graduating the student must also complete a number of years of military service.
Josh Gorczynski ’17 is a Moeller student who has always wanted to join the Military. He grew up in a military family and was even born on an Air force base. Josh has many family members in the military. However, his dad and brother have always been the main role models for him. Josh wants to follow in their footsteps and continue the family legacy and give back to his country. Josh stated, “I’m blessed to live the life I have. The best way to give back is serving others, and not only helping the ones in our country, but also the ones who are innocent.” Josh has applied to the Naval and Air force academies and is looking forward to the military experience. Gorczynski stated that he’s, “mainly just looking forward to being in the military, doing something that is beneficial to other people, and giving back to that which has provided me with so much”
Blake Stephens (’17) is another fellow Crusader interested in serving his country. He wants to join the military because of his family. Blake’s uncle is currently in the army, and both of his grandfathers were in the Vietnam War. Furthermore, Blake stated, “It’s been my dream ever since I was about three to become a fighter pilot.” He is also looking forward to traveling the world and not having to pay for an airplane ticket. Mr. Stevens stated he wants, “To pay back the country for all of the great things that it’s done for me and my family.”
Man of Moeller, Ryan Griffin (’17) plans on entering the ROCT program. Influenced by many of the people around him, Ryan states, “My dad was in the air force for a number of years, and I've had lots of friends and mentors with a background in the military.” He wants to experience a more traditional college verses a military-run university, and he is looking forward to standing up for America and the values that it stands for. “Most people complain about the status of the country and how the government is making horrible decisions," he says, "but no one ever seems to want to take steps to change that.” Ryan wants to make a difference and protect the basic rights of the people.
All of these men have great plans for their futures and ready to achieve their dreams. Wish them the best of luck as they enter their careers in the military.