As the United States Army progresses into the 21st century and becomes more technically advanced, it is looking for more college educated adults to fill its ranks, according to SSG William Patterson, one of the recruiters who serves Campbellsville University (CU).
Patterson is a combat medic and Iraq war veteran who has served for over 12 years. Sgt. Alexandria Kenny is also an Iraq war veteran and a communications soldier who has served for the past seven years. They are part of a team of Army recruiters who covers the Central Kentucky region. Both are new on the job and are excited to be involved with the university.
“We seek to engage the student body in every way possible, like possibly establishing a color guard for home football games, working with Semper Paratus Servire, the campus veterans club, and just being very visible on campus,” Patterson said.
Kenny spoke about their primary mission at the university.
“By enlisting in the reserves, you can serve your country and help pay for your education, all while staying in school,” Patterson said. “We feel that the values Campbellsville instills in its student body, such as discipline and integrity, align with the Army’s seven core values.”“Our primary focus at CU is to recruit students for the U.S. Army Reserve,” she said.
The Army Reserve offers many benefits for CU students. Once enlisted, members work one weekend a month and travel no more than 50 miles to their unit where they serve in an occupation they often choose themselves.
“Most college students usually come in the reserves as an E-3, where they receive over $3,500 in drill pay, which they can use for movies, gas or anything they want to. Members are also entitled to the Army reserve tuition assistance program which can give them up to $4,500 a year and the GI Bill, which offers over $3,000 toward their educational costs. We also offer scholarships for theology students who are interested in pursuing a ministry career in the Army,” Patterson said.
Students such as Malcolm Reece believe serving as an RA at CU helped prepare him for a career in the Army.
“As a RA, I practiced servant leadership through taking care of my residents, and I feel I can apply my experiences to my Army career.”
Reece is in the process of enlisting to attend officer candidate school.
“Sergeant Kenny and I are available on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to talk about the many opportunities the
Army Reserve offers,” Patterson said.
“If we are not in the office, our numbers are located on the bulletin board across from our door and we can be contacted at any time.”
The office is located in Druien Hall, room 7.
Wed, October 10, 2012
by Gerry James