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Fall 2018 FROG Week transcript

My name is Jacob Starett. I am a cadet

Lieutenant Colonel here in the Corps of

Cadets. I'm currently the deputy brigade

commander for operations, otherwise known

as brigade XO. And this week I got the

privilege to be the FROG Week

commander. FROG Week, it's always

something new. I came from basic training

so I thought I knew it all when I came

to the FROG week but it's a whole new

learning experience, learning how to be a

student, how to be a cadet and also going

from high school and just the

challenges of being a college student,

learning military tactics, history. I

think it's an awesome thing, they're

learning so much every day. It's a lot of

great training. They learn a lot and they

just learn how to balance their lives

and it's the introduction to how

to become a leader. Pine Valley is really

our first I say hands off day. The cadre

they kind of step back and the FROGS

take charge. They go through what's

called leadership reaction courses

kind of like obstacle courses that it

takes something to get to get through so

we kind of just let them loose and we

see leaders emerge from each group. I

think it's a really cool thing.

My favorite part of FROG Week has been

just the camaraderie that everyone has

come together. A lot of the guys from

coming from different backgrounds, from

different areas of the country have all

come together. I definitely say there's

no other way to do it. UNG's a great


You gotta train, you got to work hard. You

got to come here with a hard work

ethic, that's the only way to do it.

So I think what makes North Georgia so

good at producing leaders is that we

make them lead. We don't just talk about

leadership theories. Yes, we learn about

them, but we execute them every day from

being a squad leader all going to being the

brigade commander. You're thrown into

the mix. Obviously you have active duty

and military science cadre helping you

but ultimately if you're given a task

it's your job to figure out how to do it,

your job figure out how to lead your

troops to accomplish a mission. And I

think that's what makes great leaders

from this school.

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