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Lieutenant Colonel Josh Brooks, Professor of Military Science, Georgia State University Army ROTC

Lieutenant Colonel Josh Brooks, Ph.D.
Atlanta, Georgia
Professor of Military Science, Georgia State University Army ROTC

Lieutenant Colonel Josh Brooks, Ph.D., is a career U.S. Army officer who is currently in charge of the Army ROTC program at Georgia State University. In partnership with Georgia State, Army ROTC administers a world-class leader development program designed to prepare Student-Cadets for service in positions of leadership in the Army. Once a Cadet earns a bachelor's degree and completes all of the requirements of the Army ROTC program, he or she is commissioned as an officer in the Army. To help Cadets during their time in school, ROTC offers scholarships that cover 100 percent tuition, $1,200 per year for books and a monthly cash stipend of $300-$500. Also, in addition to a robust on-campus leader development program, ROTC has a number of exciting summer internships available to Cadets including military schools (such as Airborne School), overseas cultural immersion internships and Army leader development courses. 

Q: Why did you join the Army?
I joined the Army because of my family heritage. My oldest brother is a captain in the Navy, and my other brother attended West Point and served as an engineer officer before honorably separating from the Army to pursue a civilian career. My father is a retired commander in the Navy, where he served as a light attack pilot for 26 years. My grandfather was a retired chief petty officer in the Navy, who served in the Pacific theater during World War II. In my family, service to the United States through the military is in our blood; it’s what we do.

Q: Why do you feel military service should be considered a viable post-secondary option?
Military service is a lucrative career option for three reasons: benefits, experiences and service. First, the benefits package that comes with military service is very competitive with reliable and competitive pay, free medical care, 30 days of paid vacation each year, an outstanding retirement package and much more. Second, military service offers a number of unique and exciting experiences that are not available through civilian employment, including worldwide travel, training and operation of all sorts of equipment and early-career leadership assignments. Finally, military service enables individuals to join a team, to subordinate their own personal interests for the good of the organization and their fellow Soldiers and to truly understand what selfless service is all about.

Q: What would you consider the most valuable skills you have learned through your Army service?
Through the Army education system, I have attended dozens of schools and courses and have attained a number of qualifications (military parachutist, AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot, UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter instructor pilot, etc.). However, the most valuable skill that I have gained through my Army service is leadership. Through formal Army education, civilian education, self-study and on-the-job training, I have been thoroughly trained in all aspects of leadership and feel confident leading any organization to conduct any activity. Additionally, it is important to note that those leadership skills acquired in the Army are broadly transferable throughout the civilian sector. Those that serve in or retire from the Army have strong employment prospects in their second career, as effective leadership is and will always be in high demand.

Q: What has been your most interesting or memorable experience or interaction with the U.S. Army?
I have had so many awesome experiences in the Army, that it becomes very difficult to identify one as most interesting or most memorable. For example, I have flown helicopters at night, using night vision systems at ten or twenty feet off the tree line in the dark. I have been trained on and fired all sorts of weapon systems, and I have parachuted out of airplanes. While in Iraq, I worked on large-scale transportation problems in an effort to allow the ground transportation network to operate more efficiently and safely. I also served and lived in Korea for three years where I was able to immerse myself in Korean culture.

Perhaps the most important experience I have had in the Army, which has occurred numerous times and continues to occur, is the opportunity to help and serve others. When you assume a leadership position in the Army, you have the power and the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone's life. Helping others is one of the most rewarding things I do, and the Army gives me frequent opportunities to do so.

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