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The Women of Syracuse ROTC: They are strong, independent women who have dedicated our lives to serve our country, but are people too. They have interests, passions and lives that intersect with each other. They are volleyball players, rugby players, rock climbers, artists, photographers, snowboarders, scientists, martial artists and so much more In an especially male dominated field it is important to be connected and empower one another. See what the women of our Stalwart Battalion have to say about their experiences.
"There have definitely been moments where I can’t deny the advantages that the male cadets have had over the female cadets, however, over all I feel as though we have a group of very strong and capable women in this program. We have all been supportive of each other and to me, that has made the experience so much better all around."
"There are definitely some challenges but I like being a women in ROTC because it allows me to push myself and be the best I can be."
"I think it’s important for youth the see women in the military and be successful."
"I know it’s cheesy, but my favorite part of ROTC so far has been the people. While no exact moments stand out, I have gained friendships and relationships that I wasn’t expecting and that I will fight to keep for a long time."
"My favorite ROTC memory so far has been working with the Public Affairs Team and getting to create content about my peers!"
"I would like to see the younger female cadets understand that the opportunities they receive are directly related to the effort they put in. As women we will always be fighting uphill, but don’t let that stop you from taking what is yours and earning the opportunities you deserve."
"I want people to know that women are an essential part of the military and that even when you feel powerless, just know there is a little girl out there looking up to you and being inspired by your every move."
"I hope women see the Army as an opportunity to lead and serve alongside their male counterparts. Women are just as capable or more capable of becoming strong, compassionate leaders and ROTC provides a good baseline for that."
"Stand your ground and just work your hardest. Don’t let others push you to the side if you can’t do as many push-ups or run as fast. If you work at it you can definitely at least keep up with everyone and they will respect you for that."
"I would like to see the younger generation of women in ROTC take every opportunity given to them. Even if they believe they can't do it I want to see them push themselves to try new things and grow as future leaders."
"I hope to see more women join ROTC in the future, and continue to inspire other women to join. Even though it is a male dominated program, women are tough and can still be very successful."
"I hope women see the Army as an opportunity to lead and serve alongside their male counterparts. Women are just as capable or more capable of becoming strong, compassionate leaders and ROTC provides a good baseline for that.
"Becoming a leader is a beneficial skillset no matter what organization you end up in. ROTC is a leadership program and as such, teaches young men and women how to develop leadership skills. Leadership is a crucial skill in general and ROTC helps set you up for success early in life."
"Mentorship is key! Establishing strong professionally relationships now will only help you in the future, as well as prepare you to become a mentor one day yourself."
"I would like to see them taking charge and being courageous to speak up within the program and advocate for themselves and for one another."
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