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    Learning to Lead at Military Colleges(04:04)

    Students at military colleges are taught the skills to lead in both military and civilian environments. Rigorous academics and small classroom sizes offer students an excellent education. These colleges offer comprehensive financial aid packages for eligible students.

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Speaker One: They're learning how to be leaders, in what I like to call a leadership laboratory. And they learn from those experiences day in and day out.

Speaker Two: The leadership experience that you get here, it's not just theory. You put it into practice, and you can't really find that many other places.

Speaker Three: We actually step into the roles of squad leaders, of platoon sergeants, of first sergeants and so forth, and you get graded on that.

Speaker Four: If we -- this happens forward, and then this happens forward.

Speaker Five: I commanded a cadet company for an entire year, and I actually had a full staff. It was mirrored exactly off of an infantry company in the military.

Speaker Six: You get out of college, you still have more experience leading people than any other college kid.

Speaker Seven: I'm not going to be afraid of being able to take on a leadership position. That's the biggest difference. It's going to be second nature to take on those leadership roles.

Speaker Eight: You need to be able to instill motivation, and learn how to inspire other people. And that's what I've learned here.

Speaker Nine: One of the aspects of learning to lead is learning to follow. And we do that by ensuring that they are well advised, that they are mentored, that they are counseled.

Speaker Ten: I really like the academics here. For one it's the smaller classes, as opposed to a traditional school. So there's more opportunity for that one on one with the teacher.

Speaker Eleven: What are we interested in? Yes sir, (inaudible)

Speaker Twelve: They know you by name, and when you go in for help, they can help you personally, because they know what your study habits are, and how you learn.

Speaker Thirteen: The difference here is we're just waiting for the kids to come in, and see us, because it makes our day.

Speaker Fourteen: And they will sit down and personally help you if you want their advice. That right there is a big advantage. How many times have you sat at home and couldn't figure out a math problem, and your teacher wasn't around? Right now, we have teachers in the building, three or four of them every night to help you out with that.

Speaker Fifteen: The Army is investing in the leaders of tomorrow. One way they're doing it is the college scholarships.

Speaker Sixteen: I'm on four year Army ROTC scholarship, and it pays for tuition, your books, and your student fees.

Speaker Seventeen: I love talking about scholarships. At this point, cadet command has more scholarship dollars available than we have qualified applicants.

Speaker Eighteen: It's a good opportunity for cadets to come in and have their school paid for, so that they don't have anything to worry about, they can focus on their studies, and once they get commissioned in the Army, they can have all the skills necessary to be a good officer.

Speaker Nineteen: I have no student loans. So overall, I'm almost getting school for free.

Speaker Twenty: When I was in the Corps of Cadets, that was your life. All the challenges that were placed on you, you had a bond with those that had a shared interest and went through the same challenges of being here. It wasn't something that was given to you, it was something that you had to earn. And I think the same is very true today. Those are endearing friendships.

Speaker Twenty-One: Something different, something unique. You know, you go through trails together and you overcome those trials together, and I think that builds stronger friendships for later on down the road.

Speaker Twenty-Two: We're like a big family, we love each other, we hate each other. But we all have to work with each other, and come game time, we're able to make the impossible happen.

Speaker Twenty-Three: I've made some of the best friends. You go through so much with them, you just make a bond. They're your brothers and sisters here.

Speaker Twenty-Four: It means a lot to be a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. It means that I get the opportunity to lead the sons and daughters of this nation. It gives me the opportunity to contribute to my part in serving this country. And it doesn't only mean a lot to me, it means a lot to my family.

Speaker Twenty-Five: I have much more ambition than I ever had before, to see so much more that I could be doing with my life. And I have so much more drive to do it.

Speaker Twenty-Six: We all have something greater to consider. So that right there makes it all worth it. You have to experience it to understand how great it is.

Speaker Twenty-Seven: Personal motivation. Academic excellence. Physical courage, and intellectual courage. This is not just military service, this is service to (inaudible). That comes from that spirit. That is why they are here.