LTC Cadet Jenkins

 Golf Company ready for LTC challenge

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Golf Company Cadets line up alongside their bus as they wait to be transported to Fort Knox for the start of their training. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

By Crystal Allen
Leader’s Training Course

Michael Bradshaw joined ROTC three weeks ago to show his 3-year-old son that leadership can get you far and that he can be whatever he wants to be in life.

A junior at Georgia Tech University, Bradshaw is one of the 197 Cadets who arrived Sunday to the Leader’s Training Course with this summer’s final group, Golf Company.

Jatarrious Jenkins, of Jackson State University, also came to LTC to show his family what he can do. His family has deep military roots, and it’s showed him the Army will provide him with resources he can always fall back on.

“I want to use the military to help myself in life,” he said.

Like most Cadets, Jenkins has come to the course to improve his leadership skills and become the best officer he can be.

“I want to achieve as much knowledge as possible,” he said.

But many don’t know  exactly what the next 28 days will hold for them.

“The thing I’m most scared of is doubting myself,” Jenkins said. “I feel like I can’t accomplish my tasks, but I know I can.”

Amy Mireless, a junior at Boise State University, heard about LTC at her college. She said the course sounded exciting. Although she has a brother in the Army, she has minimal military experience.

“Knowing that it’s Army 24/7 for 28 days, and that’s something that I’ve never experienced, it’s a little bit scary,” she said.

Eugine Youn fears her physical inability will be a hurdle. She’s the first in her family to consider joining the military, and she’s not yet in ROTC.

She’s using LTC as an opportunity to determine if the Army is the career path she wants to take. Her training before LTC, which involved running and sit-ups, may not have completely prepared her for what she’s going to see at LTC, but she said it’s worth it.

Youn, of the University of Virginia, will gain the leadership and courage she wants in life.

“I’ve always wanted to do it,” she said. “I like the idea of discipline and I’d like to be a part of something bigger than myself.”