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    A Career Boost(02:21)

    1st Lt. Terrance Wilson discusses how his Army Reserve training has enhanced his career as a civilian project manager. Wilson, who entered the Military as an enlisted service member, took advantage of the Army's Green to Gold Active-Duty Option Program to earn a college degree. After graduation, Wilson was commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve.

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1st Lt. Terrance Wilson: I am 1st Lt. Terrance Wilson, and I am in the Army Reserve. When I first heard about the ROTC program, I was a sergeant, and I heard about the Green to Gold packet. And that was a great route for me, that the Army Reserve offered tremendous benefits. Going through college, financially the Army Reserve and ROTC were invaluable. I was able to do graduate school with very little financial aid or assistance, you know, in taking out loans.

Currently I'm the company commander of the 200th Military Police Command Headquarters and Headquarters Company. And my main job is to take care of Soldiers. I inspect vehicles. I make sure I coordinate with the family readiness groups. I make sure that the unit is trained and able to meet their wartime mission.

I enjoy the camaraderie that I get out of the Army Reserve because it's a sense of belonging. You're part of the team. You're part of a chain. You're part of a family. Coming off of active duty I knew that I would miss it, so that's why I joined the Army Reserve because I'm able to serve here close to my home.

The experience and the education I received in the Army was crucial and vital to my success now as a civilian. I'm a certified project manager as a P and P. I work with quality control, and I do site visits. I conduct trainings.

My current employer is wonderful as far as allowing me to deal with my military responsibilities and duties because they realize that the better a Soldier I am, that experience and that skill set also transitions readily to my civilian career. And a lot of times, a lot of the educational opportunities that I'm afforded as a Soldier directly correlates, so it's almost free training for them.

Army Reserve has shown me that life is a marathon: It's not a sprint. And one thing that all Soldiers, all good Soldiers have in common is that we finish the race. You can't win if you don't finish. And the Army Reserve has taught me to finish the fight. I serve the people of the United States and I live the Army values. I am an Army Reserve Soldier, and I'm very proud of that.