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Women in the Corps

Women in the Corps Video Transcript

(Cadet Estrada recites oath of enlistment)

(Lt. Estrada) I remember waking up every night during FROG week, being like what did I get myself into.

(Robert Estrada) Every step she took forward, every path she took, she conquered it and moved onto the next step and the next step and the next step.

(Lt. Estrada) It’s awesome being able to have friends outside of the Corps and having that civilian side.

(Joseph Morgan) We have future military leaders that not just on a daily but a minute to minute basis, are dealing and interacting with civilian populations.

(Lt. Estrada) When the opportunity is there and everyone is like, doesn’t know what to do, that’s when you jump in, you’re supposed to be a leader.

(Narrator) Every cadet at the University of North Georgia begins as a FROG. For Abbey and other new recruits, it is both mentally and physically demanding. But with a tried and proven system implemented to maximize student success, she, along with her peers, accomplished more than they ever thought possible.

(Robert Estrada) My daughter 4 hours away? Oh god, I can’t even come to her aid.

(Estrada being assigned a room)

(Robert Estrada) She just fell in love with it.

(CWST training)

(Lisa Estrada) She’s very strong willed, she always has been. Very independent

 (Lt. Estrada) they’re gonna push me as far as I can, I wanna see how, like, far they are gonna push me and, like, I wanna show them the drive and motivation that I have.

(Christopher Estrada) A lot of people were kind of adverse to the fact that they had to get in this mud and she was just like, yeah whatever, do what I gotta do.

(Lt. Estrada) the most challenging was the Crown Mountain run. By that time, you’re just exhausted, you’re just tired. And now, looking back at it, like, it was the start to something great.

(Narrator) Choosing a military path can provide opportunities for women that are often unexpected. For North Georgia graduate Dawn Brookshire, it was the chance to fly Blackhawk helicopters.

(Dawn Brookshire) I came here wanting to be a biology major and I don’t recall knowing what I wanted to do once I got done with college. I had one of the cadre here ask me about aviation. Once I had that discussion with the cadre, I said you know, sure, I’ll try that. And then was selected, to go aviation and ended up flying Blackhawk helicopters for the United States Army.

(Narrator) For many students, they are simply trying to discover personal interests and aptitudes early on in their college experience and Abbey was no exception.

(Lt Estrada) I didn’t know what I wanted to do yet, and I actually knew I always wanted to do like the law enforcement kind of side so I looked into doing the criminal justice major and I started taking some classes, thoroughly enjoyed it so I decided to do criminal justice.

(Joseph Morgan) From the perspective of the Corps, we mesh really really well with the construct of the US military and the US military Police Corps. I dare say that we have probably produced as many second lieutenants for the United States Army Military Police Corps as any other institution in the nation.

(Lt Estrada) With being in the Corps, you can add a minor in leadership with whatever major you have. So I’m adding my minor in leadership to my criminal justice major with a concentration of Forensics.

(Narrator) One distinct advantage offered to cadets at the University of North Georgia is that they are exposed to a civilian student population on a daily basis, which prepares them for the realities of the US Military of the modern world.

(Joseph Morgan) You’ll see young men and young women in the Corps that are having to live to this standard that is set forth by the Corps but yet they’re still having to keep the world in view.

(Dawn Brookshire) It’s a wonderful combination of military and civilian. It’s what you actually experience in military installations, umm, so our military is founded upon that principle. We have civilian contractors and various other civilians working for our government.

(Joseph Morgan) That’s the great thing about the University of North Georgia and our civilian population that we have with students. It forces these relationships to take place. It forges these relationships and you learn how to communicate.

(Narrator)At UNG, female cadets are provided an environment where they can enjoy civilian activities and organizations and embrace their femininity. 

(LT. Estrada) It is awesome being able to be in a sorority or be in something else on campus because I can still have, a feminine side to me, being able to enjoy what girls like to do. Being able to go out, have fun with sorority sisters.

(Lisa Estrada) Her sorority sisters find her unique because she is doing something that most of them probably would never even consider doing in their lifetime, so they find her a novelty too.

(Joseph Morgan) Our Cadets take quite a bit of pride in their identity as Cadets but also they enjoy being part of the student body and being able to get out there and interact with their colleagues that are not in the military.

(Narrator) In her senior year, Abbey has a more focused vision for her future, which includes preparation to commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army. Her leadership skills are challenged as she takes charge of commander headquarters, Headquarters Company. Her Corps of Cadets responsibilities are preparing her for life as a leader.

(LT. Estrada) A leader is always constantly trying to better themselves and always constantly trying to learn something from a situation, a pass, and I’ve done that plenty of times here. You know, I’ve always constantly learned from something I’ve messed up or maybe I could of done it not so much this way but another way.

(Robert Estrada)The Cadets, the young Cadets, the females, she brings them in and she mentors them.

(LT. Estrada) When I can go out and hang out and go to the movies, people are still looking at me all the time as a leader.

(Robert Estrada) You know a lot of times you go by the, come to the college here and she sees people and oh Abbey how are you and all these girls they all look up to her.

(Lisa Estrada) I have all... The utmost confidence that she’s ready. I think this four years here has made her even stronger.

(Narrator) As her graduation approaches, Abbey prepares for life in the US Army. To walk through a door of unlimited opportunity and her family couldn’t be more proud.

(Robert Estrada) Very proud, she’s the first female in my whole family to commission.

(Christopher Estrada) I’m really proud of her. I’m proud of her accomplishments, she’s worked really hard for them.

(Lisa Estrada) She’s chosen her path and she’s even more determined.

(LT. Estrada) I think that overall four years you’ll see a big difference, whether you are commissioning or not. Your gonna see a huge growth in yourself and I think that’s worth four years being in the Corps.

(Narrator) Abbey is just one of hundreds of women who have discovered the enormous opportunities provided by the Corps of Cadets at the University of North Georgia. She will proudly join others before her who have made their mark as women who have effectively lead with conviction, honor, and courage in the US Army.

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