ROTC taught me how the Army works. It provided the basic foundation of the Army system. These are all things that we take for granted. It taught me where to find answers, be it, knowing the right person to talk to, or where to look things up in FMs and TMs. It also taught me how a battalion operates: planning, executing, utilizing the chain of command, and conducting meetings and briefings. I learned fundamentals like maintaining military bearing, proper wear of the uniform, and Army customs and courtesies. Additionally, I learned some of the basics about being an Army leader; I actually deployed with a folder of notes that I had from my ROTC classes. I've reflected back on these notes to help me write NCOERs, OER support forms, and counseling statements.
ROTC also forced me to challenge myself and push my limits. I enjoyed the camaraderie experienced on FTXs, at PT, and training for Ranger Challenge competition and the Bataan Death March. I also have a lot of great memories from ski trips, white water rafting trips, and the battalion Christmas parties. I appreciated having a completely different college experience than the average college student.