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Cadet Ryan Slattery

Seeking an opportunity to challenge himself to grow, Ripon College senior Ryan Slattery joined the Fox Valley Army ROTC Battalion and is on track to become an officer in the U.S. Army.

“I love challenges and to be honest, college was not challenging enough for me before I joined Army ROTC,” Slattery said. “I needed to be pushed out of my comfort zone in order to grow and improve as a person as much as possible.”

Slattery said there are benefits to being involved in the Army ROTC, with those benefits leading to success.

“The two main benefits of Army ROTC are: being a part of a successful culture, and doing, learning and practicing skills which lead towards success,” Slattery said.

Slattery said being surrounded by other successful people, makes it easier to form good habits since his peers are practicing the same skills and habits.

"Whether it is the exceptional Cadre or other hard working Cadets, Army ROTC allows me to associate and learn from some very successful individuals,” Slattery said.

According to Slattery, the ROTC has taught him the skills essential to leading soldiers and succeeding on the battlefield can be transferred to civilian life as well.

“Skills such as time management, leadership and mental agility are useful for any job,” Slattery said. “Army ROTC builds up confidence and gives Cadets the tools and opportunities to improve themselves in several positive ways.”

Through the Army ROTC, Slattery said he has gained a sense of fulfillment and happiness every day.

“The general schedule is roughly the same each and every day,” Slattery said. “While it may sound dry and boring on paper, I attest the complete opposite, each day is both unpredictable and thrilling and I have never been happier in my life.”

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