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Hometown: East Sandwich, Massachusetts
Class: Junior
Major: Criminal Justice

I chose to enroll in the Army ROTC program at ECU because here at the Pirate Battalion we are all expected to rise to a higher standard than the average university. This expectation of excellence makes for a higher quality of Cadets, and one day officers, and I want to be part of the experience. I came into ECU and ROTC my freshman year and loved all it had to offer; from the rigorous physical training and weekend training events, to repelling from the repel tower just outside the campus and the strenuous Ranger Challenge competition. For these reasons I contracted and received a three year scholarship to be a part of the Pirate Battalion family.

Because of the opportunities available through ROTC, I have been lucky enough to travel to Dakar, Senegal as an ambassador of the Army and ECU ROTC to teach the Senegalese Military English and in turn they taught me their culture. It was an incredible experience. I was also selected to attend the challenging Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There we learned helicopter operations and specifications, how to rig and inspect sling loads, how to repel from helicopters and a grueling twelve mile ruck march on the day of graduation. Those two experiences have made me a better Cadet, future officer, and person.

When I graduate and commission I plan on branching Active Duty Infantry. I want to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment one day, and eventually go to Selection and make it in the Special Forces as an Officer. Being from a small town about an hour outside Boston, Massachusetts, I was surprised at myself that I wanted to come down south to pursue my degree and participate in Army ROTC at ECU, but I have no regrets. If becoming a better leader, person and future United States Army Officer is a desired goal, then look no farther than East Carolina University's Army ROTC program.


Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Class: Junior
Major: Political Science

When applying to colleges in high school I knew that East Carolina University had to be on my list. When I was faced with the question of what I wanted to in life the answer was simple, military. I knew that ECU was extremely well respected for their Army ROTC program because of their level of commitment and dedication to excellence in training which is what ultimately led me to enroll in the program. As with anything in life, starting something new is a challenge. The Pirate Battalion has very high standards because there is more expected of cadets from ECU due to our distinguished graduates. The program is mentally and physically demanding but trains our cadets to be the best Army leaders of tomorrow.

Upon graduation I hope to continue my education in graduate school and serve our nation in a combat arms role. Whether it is Physical Training bright and early in the morning or Field Training Exercises, I have no doubt that the preparation we receive will enable myself and my fellow Pirates to be more than capable of facing any challenge we encounter in future.


Hometown: Middletown, RI
Class: Sophomore

Since a very young age I knew I wanted to serve in the military. I come from a Navy family; my father, his father, my mother's father and my older sister have all served in the Navy. I wanted to do something different. I discovered the Pirate Battalion by looking up Army ROTC programs on the east coast. There was nowhere else I wanted to go.

Since I have been in the program I have had the opportunity to do amazing things. The Pirate Battalion has shown me many things about myself, how much I can do if I put my mind to it, how far I can push myself, mentally and physically. I've met so many different people and have some lifelong friends in the process. I have two more years in this battalion until I graduate and there is much more to learn. I am eager to complete my time here at ECU and commission in the spring of 2015!


Hometown: Wake Forest, NC
Class: Junior
Major: Criminal Justice

I decided to join the Army ROTC for multiple reasons. My dad was enlisted in the Army for 22 years, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps and serve my country. I also came to college not completely sure what I wanted to do for a career. Being an officer in the Army will give me experience and training that I can apply in anything that I do. In the two years that I've spent as a cadet I can see a big difference in myself. Not only am I more physically fit, but I have developed better study habits and it is easier to keep my priorities straight. I can honestly say that though AROTC can be demanding, it is the best decision I have made in my college career. I am an infantryman in the NC National Guard, and when I commission I would like to stay in the Infantry.


Hometown: Macclesfield, NC
Class: 2016
Major: Nursing

My first year at ECU wouldn't have been the same if I hadn't been a part of the Pirate Battalion. I am currently starting my second year in the program, and I can already see significant changes in confidence and leadership. I decided to join the National Guard out of high school, and I became interested in the ROTC program at ECU. I was looking to challenge myself physically and mentally; that's exactly what the program did for me. I also decided to join to make a make a difference in other people's lives and to do something great and fulfilling with mine. When I commission, I plan to become a nurse in the United States Army and put my education and leadership abilities to the test. I am looking forward to traveling and seeing different parts of the world while caring for our soldiers and their families.

While in the ROTC, I have had the opportunity to meet dedicated and inspiring cadets and cadre, participate in Ranger Challenge. and be a part of the best organization East Carolina has to offer. Through the Pirate Battalion, I have experienced many things that your average college student isn't lucky enough to experience. Deciding to take this path was one of the best decisions I have made and I'm excited for another great year in the program.


Hometown: Willington, CT
Class: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice

My name is Cadet Caleb Nelson and I just finished my Junior year of college and will soon begin my Senior year here at ECU. I'm originally from Willington, Connecticut although my family recently moved to Bedford, Pennsylvania. Being from New England people always ask me why I decided to go to college so far away from home but the fact of the matter is I feel more at home here at ECU than I ever did back in Connecticut. I've made lifelong friends, both inside and outside of ROTC , and have had experiences I will remember for the rest of my life. I decided to join Army ROTC when I was a junior in high school because my older brother did the same when he attended the University of Connecticut, except he joined the Air Force ROTC. I got the opportunity to shadow him for a day and follow him for a day and follow him around to all his classes and ROTC functions and while I enjoyed some aspects of the Air Force ROTC they did not have everything I was looking for. I knew that if I wanted to learn true discipline, excellent leadership abilities, and become physically fit I would need more of a challenge and Army ROTC was where I would find it.

While conducting my college search my college search and trying to determine where I would attend school I came across East Carolina University, upon looking into the school I soon found out that they had one of the top notch Army ROTC Programs in the nation and I knew I wanted to be part of that legacy. Since joining ECU Army ROTC as a Freshman I can truly say that I got everything I was looking for and more, I have been pushed to my limits and then even further only to discover how mentally and physically tough I truly am. I have been challenged in the classroom and in the field and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Army ROTC is an experience that has molded me into the person I am today and I am proud to say that I am a Pirate and a member of East Carolina University Army ROTC.

Current as of Friday, November 6, 2015