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2018 Military Opportunities Presentation

2018 Military Opportunities Presentation


Let me give you some purpose behind this this
presentation if you think you’re being brought in here to be recruited by the
military you’re wrong okay this is an opportunity that I want you to learn
about and hear about because right now you’re in a time frame that you’re doing
a lot of research of what you’re gonna be doing ash will then it be high school
here at let it be high school we we were very proud of all of our students that
are going on doing a variety of things we celebrate the two graduations two
diplomas here at Len be hosted we have the College Hall celebrating where you
can go and where you are going where you have been right and that’s a big push by
all of us and we want you to do everything you possibly do because
there’s a direct correlation of having a higher education to being more
successful in life of beyond beyond Lenape high school okay and beyond what
you want to do and success is rated by all of you and how you what you want to
do but I know I’ve talked to several of you lots of you and every single year
I’ve been doing this for 14 years is that when you come down to your College
decisions and seniors you’re dealing with it right now juniors you’re gonna
start looking at different college is now going through this past summer if
you haven’t done any tours already and you start looking at you know what
majors are being offered what what they’re looking for academically to be
accepting you and then you say I love these two schools I love Clemson I love
LSU or Rowan and TC and J but whoever gives me more money that’s where I have
to go because I don’t have endless money I can tell you I’m a product that myself
when I what I went through when I went through college and I got down you know
when I went through high school I went to Rowan University there were a long
long time ago 18 years ago my father worked in a factory my mother is it was
a nurse neither of them went to a higher education I walked out they didn’t know
what we were doing I was the only one of my family to ever went to college and I
walked out with about thirty thousand dollars of debt thirty thousand dollars
is nothing now that took me about 12 to 13 years to pay off nickel and diamond
as I went through it was extremely tough plus then when I got married my wife I
inherited about twenty-two thousand dollars worth of debt that both of us
had to try to pay off extremely hard when you’re making not as much money to
pay those bills off now students I have four daughters that are preparing for
this my first orders they’re gonna be a freshman right and I’m already looking
at where and what she can possibly do to try to get opportunities for
scholarships now you’re looking at schools that what I talked about the
Clemson LSU’s or you Penn in Rowan University you’re looking at some
schools being fifty to sixty to forty five thousand dollars per year then
you’re looking at Rowan University in state which is one of the cheaper deals
you can find but in about twenty eight thousand dollars per year
right I don’t know about all of you but I know you know some of our demographics
all of us don’t have all the money to pay for all this schooling that we want
you to do so you can have a little bit better chance of past Lenape high school
if you’re walking out of school with you know seventy five thousand dollars and I
told you I walked out with about thirty than inherited twenty-two
you could be sitting on that for the next 15 to 20 years right people are
walking out with minimally forty and fifty thousand dollars of debt this is
not to deter you from going to going that route but there are opportunities
out there I encourage you now it’s not too late seniors definitely not too late
for juniors to start researching the opportunities of what schools offer and
what scholarships are available whether directly from that school or from
different sources and you could talk to mr. Jacobs our scholarship coordinator
or all of your councils anytime today you’re gonna hear about a program
through the military in which they have pretty much a lot of money to offer for
a commitment to the military for periods of years we’re for a career as well all
right I was talking to captain Hartman just for a little bit last year and his
division they cover sent New Jersey in Philadelphia right
just New Jersey all of New Jersey all New Jersey and Philadelphia last year
just in that division they turn back 11 million dollars of scholarships 11
million dollars that could have been habit we’re not applied for that’s just
in those two small areas so you multiply that all over the country they said if
they had if they had utilized the eleven million dollars and students were
applying for it what they would do is they would take money that wasn’t being
used in California North Dakota Florida wherever it was and they could get the
money for the students if they so wish to do so there’s a lot of money out
there to be had to pay for education okay so it’s an opportunity to listen to
this is not a military recruitment but just in another one of another
check-the-box of doing some research of what you can do to help yourself be
successful post Lenape high school so I’m gonna introduce a gentleman right
from that’s going to talk to you that has a lot of knowledge list that’s going
to present they’re also going to be available to you outside the North
cafeteria during lunch and learn and this will go wherever to lunch and learn
and then you can ask individual questions thereafter
Kathleen Hartman speaks captain Hartman is it originally from Coventry Co
venturi Rhode Island he enlisted in the United States Army through ROTC
simultaneous membership program at Texas A&M University
captain Harmons duty assignments have included platoon leader executive
officer maintenance officer and plans officer for the 3rd Armored Cavalry
Regiment at Fort Hood Texas as well as as well in an Iraq in support of
operation new dawn he was assigned to the hundred and seventy third Infantry
Brigade Combat Team airborne in Vicenza Italy where he served as logistic
officer company commander transition transportation officer and deputy
Support Operations Officer in addition the US Army Africa assignments Captain
Harville who’s currently serves as a commander in Central Jersey recruiting
company I please wish for you to pay close attention listen to this up this
is an opportunity if you’re not interested I get it okay
but you just may learn something that may help you post Lenape high school
without further ado captain Hart why he’s getting that uh set up so I’ll
introduce myself a but before I do that before start first class gentleman the
back punches me in the face after this presentation you got a little bit of you
won’t punch me in the face and guarantee you alright so there’s a little bit of
piece of paper that they hand it out to you if you don’t have one don’t really
worry about it the reason for that is I live an hour and a half away and I had
to wake up at five o’clock this morning so I’m amped up on a lot of expresso so
I’m going to speak very quickly because I got about 40 minutes to change your
lives potentially and I might speak very quickly I might Jack drop a couple
acronyms so throughout the presentation please write those down and then if you
want more information before you leave whatever you do just have respect for
your school and don’t throw them on the ground or recycle them or we use them
for different presentations so thank you to your principal your faculty staff
room superintendent for this opportunity to come talk to you so
I am the army recruiting company commander for Sencha New Jersey and I’m
also the senior joint recruiting officer in central New Jersey and what that
means is we have representatives from the Army in the Marine Corps here today
but I could point you in the right direction as far as the Air Force the
Coast Guard the Navy etc etc I am NOT going to ask any of you to join the
military today that is not the point of today’s presentation but I was asked
here today to share some information over the last two years that I’ve been
in command really the last two and a half years of information that I have
seen with regards to my generation the millennial generation and what what is
happening to them throughout the last couple years here in New Jersey so there
is absolutely a paradigm of military service here in New Jersey and they
didn’t really understand it I’ve been to pretty much all of the high schools all
of the colleges in the footprint in the military service is seen as a tertiary
option go to college go to the workforce get some money go to college or hey if
all else fails join the military I didn’t really understand that I live in
Jersey City on Mondays I run past half a dozen memorials to September 11th right
next to the one World Trade Center I can’t go anywhere in this uniform and
not be thanked for my service I went to go buy a coffee from a place up in Del
Mar and somebody had already paid for it before I left the little cafe so I
didn’t quite understand why this paradigm existed and this is why I think
before we get into some of the competition charities that we talk about
why that paradigm exists so for our parents Generation X the conversation at
the breakfast table was hey what college you’ve gone to and the better college
you got into the better because you’d be judged for it then you would come home
or excuse me you go to high school the next day and you’d be in the cafeteria
with your friends your boyfriend your girlfriend like hey what degree plan
you’re gonna study you had nothing to do if anything about pursuing a passion and
anything to do with four career fields doctor lawyer engineer is something on
Wall Street why because those are the only careers that actually made money it
was all about money I would never joined the military and am
never dream of becoming a teacher why didn’t make any money that was the
thought process so they go to college colleges a lot more affordable and then
when they graduated more importantly they have the job they had the piece of
paper and they had the job waiting waiting for them so you flash forward to
the millennial generation my my generation
or Generation Y our parents fueled a college for all mentality based off the
fact that they could get a job after college so for us Millennials we had
that exact same paradigm it was hey go to college get the job and I’ll be good
to go we grew up in an education system No Child Left Behind where we trained to
a test and we really couldn’t solve complex problems as part of the team we
grew up in an athletic system where you just showed up and got a participation
trophy so you didn’t have that competitive chip to solve your own
problems and dig yourself out of a hole so for us we’re not as we can’t really
solve our own problems we’re hopelessly optimistic we think we’re going to be
millionaires before were 30 35 and we think people are going to solve our own
problems force but the world changed on us we went to college like we were told
to college became a lot more competitive and a supply and demand economy colleges
can do that but it also became a lot more expensive so I’m a faculty member
at the college of new jersey through the ROTC department and they have an
acceptance rate of forty nine percent forty nine percent of those who apply
actually get accepted to a public school here in New Jersey Princeton University
just released their admissions numbers for last year they turned away 50
perfect SAT scores 50 of your peers that scored perfectly on the SAT did not get
into Princeton University they have a 7% acceptance rate it’s extremely
competitive who is your competition right now for your public schools for
example Rutgers right now what state anybody it’s not New York it’s not
Pennsylvania its international students and here’s why they have a 5.0 extended
scale on to GPA they score a million on the SAT scores but more importantly
their parents pay cash and in an environment where 50% of our peers do
not finish school 87% of you will go on to some post-secondary education whether
it’s a two or four-year program but only 50% of you will actually finish and
that’s the national statistic predominately because of money so paying
cash is actually very very important Rutgers University just increased their
tuition to $32,000 a year that’s in-state and if you multiply $32,000
times four and you never do math in public that’s north of $120,000
for one piece of paper who here has brothers and sisters I have three
multiplied 120,000 dollars in state time to that many number of siblings who here
has ever asked their parents hey mom and dad how much money you got for me to go
to college and retire I never did my generation was entitled I actually
called my parents and apologized I never once asked them how much they have saved
up for retirement frankly I didn’t care I’m going to college like I’m told to
and I’m gonna get that I’m gonna get that job so money magazine 20 2015 in
February they wrote an article that said for a family five and this footprint to
fully educate your kids and retire it cost anywhere between 1.2 and 1.4
million dollars in that article what further advises your parents to retire
before they send you to school and sync all of their retirement you can look it
up I’ll leave these articles with your faculty and staff so you can actually
fact check me afterwards or afterwards you could watch a smart computer your
cell phone and fact check me afterwards so national student debt per student if
you watch the Super Bowl last year they said nationally it’s $33,000 here in New
Jersey it’s closer to 50 because colleges here in New Jersey are very
good and they know that and they they cost a lot more so that is the national
student debt if you total up all of the credit card debt compared to the student
debt per person there’s a trillion dollar industry in Washington DC that
lobbies around student debt there’s more student debt in this country than there
is credit card debt there’s actually a movie called the house with Will Ferrell
that makes it comedy about the situation the debt problem that students students
have faced so this is Future Soldier Wilkinson Future Soldier Wilkinson had
never ever seen a recruiter never ever had a reason to walk up to them and ask
them hey how could the military help me avoid these pitfalls so it was very
keeping up with the Joneses his words not mine his parents had the car they
had the house but they borrowed his entire undergrad education at George
Washington University it’s a pretty good school and Washington DC for two hundred
thousand dollars and there’s an article will by Consumer Reports called college
climb to ruin my life and it’s a silly title for a very serious topic last I
talked in his student loan interest was $230,000 on that $200,000 loan he is
upside down in his student loans then it’s a very real problem and this
article will outline ten of your peers in this local error that have to take a
job any job just start paying off those student debts why because they can’t
show for excuse me they can’t show three of the four things necessary to get a
job in this environment I’ve been to over 50 college fairs and I’ve talked to
most of the employers that go to them they can find college students all day
they get throw a rock and hit a dozen but they can’t show the other three
things that are necessary to get a job in this market so what happened to the
millenials we went off to college we got two degree we have that student debt but
we couldn’t get the job we go five six seven job interviews and we get
frustrated because we don’t have any experience in our field to put our
academic pursuits in context we don’t have this thing called certifications
who remembers that woman from McDonald’s who spilt coffee in her lap and sued
McDonald’s for like 11 million dollars you guys remember that was a really
expensive cup of coffee I read the article again she originally
sued him for 28 but it got litigated down to about eleven million dollars
your academic degree will not protect your employer from getting sued it won’t
but those national certifications will you can’t name a serious profession that
doesn’t have a degree with the appropriate certification that goes
along with it you cannot be a teacher in New Jersey or
a guidance counselor without a certification in order to do that I’m a
logistics officer so you want to talk hazardous material the second you don’t
put the drip pan under the vehicle or store the batteries incorrectly you’ve
just bought that plot of land from the EPA for a half a million half a million
dollars you want to do anything in finance or some of these local record
checks you have to have a record check I have a top secret clearance it’s good
for five years and cost the company seventy thousand dollars to run the NCOs
that are in the back that sergeants are there in the back have a secret
clearance it’s good for ten years and cost the company thirty thousand dollars
to run you want to do anything in cybersecurity there’s three national
certifications the list goes on and on and on if you want to be an engineer
like the marine in the back you have to have a project management certification
those are the certifications that you need to have and if you bring those to
the table you’re already more valuable to that company thirdly and you’ll just
have to take my word on this is called the intangible
what business is called the gray or soft skills I call them the Army Values the
Marines call the Marine Corps values are you going to show up to work on time
and not be drunk or high and I hope you guys on Durst and there’s absolutely a
drug epidemic here and enjoy New Jersey through opioids I had a future soldier
excuse me an applicant in my office in Willingboro
last week and I saw it and he’s fidgeting on it’s tone it’s a very real
problem in this footprint we have a zero-tolerance policy for it in the
military period you will get drug tested in every major corporation in business
that you go to apply for for me I tried to get a a part-time job over the summer
driving a forklift at Lowe’s you know what the first thing that did to me was
they swab my mouth for a drug test so even if New Jersey legalizes marijuana
do you think you’re going to get a job absolutely not because you are a risk to
that company if their supply chain management you will steal all their
stuff to sell to get that high you absolutely will you will be a safety
risk to the team in that that company are they going to hire you absolutely
not so things to consider are you going to have respect for the other races
increase in jenner’s that are in your workspace are you going to stand up put
your arm around and when you see somebody being violated with that and
take action say hey that’s not cool I’ve got your back and reported those are the
intangibles or the great skills of soft skills that our businesses are looking
at Millennials generally can’t provide it generally is that four-year degree
there’s a 7 minute YouTube video I encourage everybody don’t do it while
you’re driving home today maybe on the bus when you get home called success in
a new economy you can YouTube it at 7 minutes it’s going to outline it’s not
an army video those four things and the problems that are facing the Millennial
Generation so we can’t go 5 6 7 job interviews and we get fresh air we get
stuck in what’s called the gray collar and the great college taking any job
just to pay your medical expenses and your your student loans I challenge the
NCOs in here to go to a Wawa Dunkin Donuts Starbucks the next 25 year-old
well-dressed clearly articulate looks you in the eye when they hand you your
cup of coffee ask him one question what’s your degree you’ll they’ll
absolutely tell you my battalion commander who’s standing over here told
me a story the other day he met a waiter with a 3 5 GPA from Rutgers with a
physics degree waiting tables because he couldn’t get a job in his field it’s
alive and well it’s called the great caller message that’s here who
here has ever asked their parents how much they pay in medical expenses or
medical insurance anybody have a couple normally I honestly have to ask because
in the military I don’t pay for medical insurance or life insurance of dental
insurance for my wife and I most families families of five pay four
hundred dollars a month with a $1,200 deductible for one wellness check and
under the current system if you don’t have health care guess what you get tax
on it come come April you’re paying for it one way or another so that is the
problem with the great call and that’s why my generation generally just gets
frustrated take his job any job but they’re not building those three things
they have that degree but they’re not being competitive so for you what
generation are you has anybody told you you’re not
Generation Y or millennial it’s almost a derogatory term who are you you guys are
Generation Z it’s sociologists say you guys are going to be the next Greatest
Generation so you were born around your generation they say it was born around
95 96 everybody in this room should be born around 2000 2001 so they say you
have a different perspective of service and not just military service any
service you guys experienced the last 16 years of your military being deployed
globally against the war on terrorism generally for something good compared to
my father and grandfather who came home in the the Vietnam generation I came
home from Iraq to a completely different environment they say that you are
digital natives in 2006 I joined this thing called Facebook when you could
only have a dot e-d-u email address and I did it so I could
keep up with my friends in Rhode Island when I would come home from the summer
can you guys go five minutes without knowing the world event because you have
that supercomputer in your back pocket that we asked you to turn off your
smartphone you can validate everything that I could say right now by just
pulling out your supercomputer in your back pocket you guys are thinking
differently and that’s because you are digital natives that it’s actually
pretty cool my cousin who’s in middle school right now he called me he said
hey I just got thrown out of school because I got in a shouting match with
one of my female classmates for whatever reason he is a self-proclaimed
Democratic she was a self-proclaimed Republican they knew exactly who the
presidential cannons were and roughly what their
policies were and they got a shouting match over it I didn’t care who the
president was until 2008 when I became a lieutenant in the army that person
became my boss and I took a vested that’s an interest my nephew who was
five years old my sister gives him a new piece of technology he’s got that thing
up and running in ten minutes because he goes on YouTube it checks out how to do
it you guys are digital natives and it’s causing you guys to think very
differently Ryder University has anybody heard of
that University it cost 50 grand a year to go to that school up and up near
Trenton they are losing thirteen million dollars a year in declined enrollments
because of the way that you guys are thinking you can validate everything on
your phone so hey how do I know I want to pursue something I’m not even
passionate about and seek my parents retirement and there’s a competition
strategy that we will talk about that here in a minute
so now that I’ve attended to put everything into context where why are
you sitting here for this this 30 minute presentation I could sit up here and
tell you I could talk your era for 45 minutes about my army story I was in an
armored Brigade I hope people blow stuff up with 80 ton tanks I thought it was
pretty cool I’ve err sorted out of helicopters I jumped to have an airplane
26 times in six different countries but I don’t want to talk about me to put
this all into context I want to talk about the young lady I met the second
week on the job up at Picatinny Arsenal by the name of
Caroline and why recruiters are all excited saying hey sir you gotta go talk
to her she’s got a pretty cool story so I was like okay so I’ll walk with your
shaker and she said hey sir my name is uh Caroline I’m a sergeant up for
picatiny I run the hospital I’m a charge of nine soldiers okay well I’m not
overly impressed with that so okay well sir I think your recruiters want me to
talk to you because I’m a third-year medical school I’m number three in my
class yeah absolutely how did how did you do that super interesting than that
well sir I was a junior and I wanted to be a doctor I wanted to be a doctor
because I had watched Grey’s Anatomy for the last ten years of my life
and I thought it looked cool and never never said a broken bone never stopped
bleeding he never did anything medically so how do I know I really want to become
a doctor thirdly I knew how expensive it was I had two brothers at the time or
she had two brothers at the time and mom and dad might be able to pay for her to
go to Rutgers for her undergrad in a biology but she knew that her parents
would struggle in order to do it for her two brothers she also knew that medical
school is extremely extremely expensive mom and dad were not to be able to pay
that thirdly she wanted the competition strategy I didn’t know what she was
talking about at that time but after two years and talking to 11 universities to
include Princeton University up there in Trenton I absolutely need know now what
she’s talking about because of that 50% retention rate issue
that a lot of schools are having right now they are looking for service members
she wanted the competition strategy in order to get in at school this is not a
cheat strategy every University in this footprint gets hundreds of thousands if
not millions of dollars in grant money from the federal government and that
grant money is tied to the number of service members that go go to that
school so that was her competition charge that she wanted to pursue so she
enlisted in her junior year as a medic is a 68 whiskey at combat medic we like
in the army would like to throw comment in front of everything and though it has
nothing to do with combat so he goes to basic training between her junior senior
summer where she earns nine college credits she comes back through senior
year she applies to Rutgers biology as a service member it gets in then she goes
to advanced individual training the Air Force calls it advanced school along
with the Navy and she gets certified nationally as a paramedic and she gets
29 college credits nine plus the 29 she transfers all of that in the Rutgers she
starts as the academic sophomore it’s never parallel when you’re gonna go to
college when you join the military the second you go off to basic training you
get college credit so for her she goes off to her freshman year at Rutgers her
first summer her first two weeks during the summer she goes down to Hawaii where
she works in the emergency room she learns how all that works the following
summer she worked at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC where she
worked in the recovery room and she learned how the emergency room tied into
the recovery room her third summer she said it was boring she had to stay at
Fort Dix and clean equipment her words not mine
and then her following summer she was three weeks in Kosovo where she is the
noncommissioned officer in charge of the field hospital there she said sir I’m
not number three in my class necessary because I’m smarter than everybody I
have my entire profession in context so when I walk into a hospital or the
classroom my peers see me as a leader I’m not afraid of what I’m actually
walking into I know how the emergency room ties into the recovery room how
pharmacy x-ray ophthalmology all tie in to support that how important it is to
put the right doctor a nurse together on third shift because if they don’t get
along it’s gonna be miserable for everybody so that was how I’m
putting that into context for you so going into this and how can the military
help you overcome the pitfalls that happen to my generation the millennial
generation even if I wanted everybody in here to join the military 70% of you are
not qualified that’s the national statistic 70% of you would not even be
qualified for military service I want you to go to college as the military
officers in my best interest to make sure that my civilian leadership is as
well educated as possible you guys gotta understand that college
is extremely competitive it’s also very expensive
70% of you don’t qualify for military service because you predominately can’t
pass the ASVAB who here is actually taking the ads to have the Armed
Services vocational aptitude battery a couple people right now out until I
think 2019 is the equivalency for the park so if he passed the ASVAB you could
pass the park high-five you can graduate high school but what most people don’t
know is the number one determiner for your vocational aptitude how well you’re
going to do in our in a career so for me I wanted to be an aerospace engineer I
went off to Texas A&M University because it was significantly cheaper than going
to school in Rhode Island used to doodle airplanes in high school I paid
attention and I took all the right math classes but I had my ti-83 calculator
and all the equations stored in it plus it helped my girlfriend at the time was
a math whiz so I passed all of my high school math so I thought I was good to
go so I went off to aerospace engineering at at Texas A&M and no one
ever told me hey PJ you actually suck at math so I went off to school and I had
took five classes three of them engineering physics of calculus what do
you think my GPA was it was a one point six GPA I bombed three out of my five
classes and it set me up for failure going into it so why do we use the ASVAB
in the military before I go off and put 22 million dollars in the
eighteen-year-olds hands through training and equipment I kind of want to
make sure that the person is going to do well on that tree so for you how could
you use that information to set you up while you’re in high school well maybe
you for the juniors in here you understand what you’re good at and what
you’re not so good at and you take different classes while you’re here in
high school to set yourself up for success for you seniors maybe you go to
community contra get some remedial classes or knock out all your electives
before you go off to that four-year college of your dreams so you can have
the best deep possible we’ll talk why it’s important
to have a really good GPA in college when you when you come out the second
part of the a slab is called the career exploration program so for those who
have taken the asshat who has done the career exploration program nobody so
after you take the ASVAB and you give an authentic try and you just don’t do si
si si si si all the way down the sergeants in the back could come back
and tell you hey this is what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at
do you think that’s some information that you want it has nothing to do with
join in the military the SAS lab you could take here in high school and you
don’t actually have to release your information to me I would love for you
to give you to get your information so I can have a conversation with you but
it’s a free tool for you you will absolutely know where you’re joining the
military when a sergeant back there picks you up and takes you to Fort Dix
and you’re on a red carpet somebody like me says raise your right hand and repeat
after me you will absolutely know when you’re joining the military so 15 years
ago we realized that the nationalist statistic for people to pass the outside
was extremely low so we developed this thing called march to success in March
the success is a free online web-based there’s an app for your phone that helps
train people on their SAT and a CT scores it’s completely free we use it to
shake the rust off of our applicants before they take the assets so they can
have the best possible score you laugh I’m on my seventh Rutgers grad that has
to apply for a waiver because they can’t pass the math on the ASVAB because you
can’t use a calculator two weeks ago I had a young lady with a 3.6 GPA from
fairleigh dickenson university bomb the ASVAB single digit scores this is Brian
he scored a nine on the practice test and you laugh you’re like wow Brian’s
not that smart but it happens all the time
subparts in new jersey is closer to 83% that can’t pass my aptitude battery in
order to join my team so he did this program for three weeks and he tripled
his score from a nine to a 33 not only was he able to graduate from high school
but he ended decided hey I want to be essentially a message scientist for the
army he became a patriot maintainer as a 14 tangle which is something that
sergeant Frederick in the back does as well so what we could do for you is we
could set up classes here before during and after school help you enroll your
guidance counselor’s could do it as well and they can also provide mentorship so
that you can actually log in and they see what you’re doing while at what
you’re not doing so well that you take a practice test and it’s going to tell you
hey you’re good at this you’re not so good at this
it’ll automatic enroll you in modules the key to this
though is you have to show the discipline initiative to actually get on
this and actually use it it works and Brian’s the perfect example of how to do
that so for a competition strategy this is Chris Chris rent the Red Bank High
School he applied to two schools he had a pretty good GPA and a pretty good SAT
and a CT school this is a competition strategy not a teach strategy so he
applied early acceptance to University of Rhode Island in the University of
Michigan he really wanted to go to the University of Michigan and I’ll take
this one as a punch in the gut being from around URI has a pretty good
engineering program but it pales in a comparison in the University of Michigan
so he applied he got it me or I did not get into Michigan so after hearing a
similar press in a presentation like this he went up to Soren Simpson say hey
you talked about something called the concurrent admissions program in that
competition strategy as a service member to get into the school of my dreams yeah
absolutely so Chris enlisted in the part-time option the one weekend a month
two weeks a year every service has a Reserve Component
as a 42 alpha or Human Resources specialist paid finances legal that kind
of thing and he reapplied to the University of Michigan Sargeant Simpson
picks up the phone and he calls the Veterans Affairs Department up at the
University of Michigan State chris is now reapplying as a service member the
VA walks it over to the mission that says Chris is now a service member he
got in and he started this fall at the University of Michigan that is a
competition strategy who here has heard of the service academies West Point
Annapolis Air Force Academy pretty good schools West Point was ranked I think
five years ago the number one university in the country it’s a really difficult
school to get into and it’s very good so lieutenant Campbell or Jim he applied to
West Point as a senior out of Middletown north I believe he didn’t get in
he had the GPA he had the SAT scores so how competitive is is it to get into
West Point so we went up to West Point said hey there’s a competition strategy
for normal colleges as a service member does that apply to the West Point yeah
absolutely there’s a 187 slots that we have for prior service applications and
we don’t use about a third of them they just go unused
so what lieutenant Campbell did was he applied again as a service member after
enlisting in the Reserve Component and Special Operations is a job
called civil affairs specialist because he thought it’d be cool to jump out of
airplanes on the weekends on Fort Dix and then he reapplies as a service
member he got a battalion commanders signature similar to Carl to Zack and
Colonel Brian over here they become the Congressional nomination for him in
order to go to school well hard it how hard is it to get a congressional
nomination so he went to a congressman up in Morris County and said hey sir how
many applications to West Point do you do you get a year I get 2,000
applications every single year from my for congressional nominations my staff
whittled it down for 50 for a telephonic interview we bring 10 in for a
face-to-face to give away for congressional nominations you can see
how competitive it is to get into one of these service academies and he did it as
a competition strategy in all of the services have this competition strategy
so this is Emily this is what your principal was talking about one of the
reasons why Colonel Brian and I went to the lieutenant governor at the time and
said hey ma’am this is almost criminal so Emily she’s got a sister and her
brother she applies to those those three schools up there Drexel temple and st.
Joseph’s how much does it cost to go to Drexel right across the river in Philly
anybody somebody said 60 let’s start going up 72,000 who said it somebody
over there good for you it cost 72 thousand dollars a year in
state to go to Philadelphia do the math times out by four that’s a
lot of money Emily knew that she couldn’t that her parents couldn’t
afford for her and her siblings in order to go to school so she applied to what’s
called the Minuteman scholarship that two hundred eighty seven thousand
dollars right there I turned in thirty eight of those scholarships that’s about
eleven million dollars that went unused last year so she applied for that
scholarship she used the competition strategy to get into Drexel University
she becomes a simultaneous membership cadet like I did and she gets paid 800
to 1200 dollars in her pocket a year her excuse me a month to go to school
I sold plasma while I was in college for fifty bucks a week and she gets twelve
hundred dollars a month in order to go to go to Drexel and that covers tuition
housing and fees in order to go to that school if you’re a service member you
can actually go to school at the in-state rate in in Pennsylvania as well
so what is she not using I used to ition assistance for my bachelor’s degree
when I went off to am after I found the army simultaneous membership program I
used my post 9/11 GI bill to pay for my first master’s degree and I just found
out yesterday that I’m going I got accepted to grad school that the Army’s
paying for for me to do so I’ve been to over 37 countries I don’t have to pay
for medical insurance or life insurance I can hop on an airplane with the Air
Force or over there at McGuire Air Force Base for 10 bucks fly anywhere in the
world space space available if you do the math I have a pension in which I
could collect starting in nine years that’s worth 3.2 million dollars out –
my life expectancy of 87 years old so I think it’s been pretty successful for me
and my family so that paradigm that existed for military service I don’t
really understand why it is there so actually starting down on the same guy
that told you who’s gonna punch me in the face actually told me my number up
here is actually incorrect it’s not $65,000 for your post 9/11 GI Bill it
covers all of your tuition and fees for your school plus housing so Rutgers
thirty two thousand dollars a year times four it’s actually closer to one hundred
one hundred thirty thousand dollars for your post 9/11 GI Bill and it depends on
what school that you actually go to in what state and adjust accordingly so
what can Emily do with that post 9/11 GI Bill she can go to grad school like I
did she could give it to her spouse if she decides to get married one day or
she could give it to her kids she’s 18 years old you could transfer your GI
Bill to your family so for this how do we solve the gap year whether you guys
believe it or not you guys are in the academic belt of the country the Army
has tasked us to come out here and find the smart kids the guys that could do
the other 146 jobs there’s four jobs in the military that have anything to do
with combat infantry armor Special Forces or Calvary or excuse me artillery
you can’t name a serious profession that your military doesn’t have a young lady
at Delran high school asked me if I could be a mathematician in the army I
said no not in the army but you can actually do it as an officer in the Air
Force the Army’s got two astronauts the Army’s
got more boats than the Navy you could be a cosmetologist in the Navy which is
something I found out the other day you can’t name a serious profession that
your military doesn’t have that you cannot pursue and I challenge any one of
you for a t-shirt a piece of swag during you want to learn you come up and place
the chump I’ll give you a t-shirt if you name a profession that we don’t have the
Navy just put a Navy SEAL up into space as an astronaut so there you go so to
solve the gap your prom the army created what’s called the 2 & 2 program you do
two years active duty you get you the GI Bill you transfer in the reserves the
part-time option and you go to school this is Malik this is a competition
strategy for medical school I found him up in Princeton my Princeton Center I
say hey Malik what brings you in the office today well I go to East
Stroudsburg University and a full-ride football scholarship but I want to go to
medical school I don’t have to worry about my undergrad but mom and dad are
not gonna pay for me to go to medical school hey how much does it cost to go
to medical school it costs $250,000 to go to medical school and mom and dad
don’t have that he also told me that most surgeons in this country don’t pay
off their student debt until they’re 49 years old so for him he joined the army
has a laboratory specialist and he’s going to use that as a competition
strategy in order to get in Medical School
if you get into any medical school the Army Air Force in the Navy will pick up
the tab that also applies to physical therapists and lawyers as well so these
three individuals this is what the problem of the gray car all three of
these individuals had great grades from schools in the Philadelphia area in
biomedical engineering but they were all making less than $30,000 a year and had
north of $50,000 in student debt the army through the student loan repayment
program paid off all of their student debt they enlisted as biomedical
engineers and we took them to the reserve unit and the leaders of that
reserve unit in Philadelphia all the hiring managers for Newman’s Lake
Regents and Phillips through the partnership Fuyu success they got jobs
when they came back from AIT why do businesses want service members to come
join to come work for them one we bring a unique perspective to that workplace
but more importantly they get tax breaks there’s three categories of tax breaks
that businesses get for service members are you a service member
are you a combat veteran or a wounded warrior that’s why they were looking for
you it’s a financially incentivize for them to do that so for law enforcement
this is this specialist he ended up in listening as a 35 Mike as a human
intelligence collector and he wanted to be a Secret Service agent so why did he
go in as a human intelligence collect every law enforcement
agency they are going to send you to a police academy so what else can you
paint in the table so human intelligence collector walks in a room and is
actually able to read all of the people in here do you think that would be
valuable to a police department I think so
competition strategy to Jonte university which has an awesome criminal justice
program he applied to the NYPD as a as a service member through the partnership
through you success and through veterans hiring preferences because the
three-letter agencies like the Secret Service do a DOJ you name it they all by
federal law have to show veterans hiring preferences so he used that competition
charge and that’s him shakey President Obama’s hand as a Secret Service intern
these three individuals are prime examples of the great collar right here
in Burlington County so this is Carl Louie Don Carl Louie Don has a master’s
of IT he was making less than $30,000 a year and he had over $60,000 in student
debt and he couldn’t get promoted in his job he was in a catch-22
he couldn’t get promoted in his job because he didn’t have any leadership
skills you can’t get any leadership skills unless you actually get put into
a leadership position so he enlisted in the Army Reserves as a heavy equipment
operator he thought it’d be cool to drive big trucks on the weekends the
army paid off all of his student debt and when he came back to tellus employer
he needs some time off to go to basic training and AIT he was a specialist
he’s in charge of for soldiers that employer said hey when you get back I’ll
give you that promotion because you now have leadership potential but he didn’t
get one promotion he got two promotions he went from thirty thousand dollars a
year to 120 thousand dollars a year this is James McCarthy
James McCarthy had a 3.1 GPA you know how I told you to pay attention your GPA
in college have fun but you’re there for a reason your GPA absolutely matters if
you don’t have three of the four things that businesses are going to ask you and
this is what I learned from James what are they going to ask you during your
interviews what college did you go to and what was your GPA so with a 3-1 GPA
in aerospace engineering do you think he’s going to get a job when he’s
competing with people that 383 9:00 to 4:00 O’s absolutely not he was drowning
in a student debt and medical expenses so he enlisted to be an Officer
Candidate this is Justin prices is almost pretty
sad he was a valedictorian in his school he speaks seven different languages we
found him homeless were pretty much homeless working at a Wawa he said his
student debt and his medical expenses were crushing him and he couldn’t get a
job he speaks seven different language so for him he
enlisted the army paid-off Aust student debt he went into the army active duty
as a linguist all he does is he translates for a commander like me I
speak English and that’s it he speaks seven different languages and
all he has to do is translate for somebody such as myself so this is
Raymond Raymond Polk Raymond Polk was an NFL player he played
for two NFL teams he couldn’t get hired in the profession that he wanted to get
into he’s volunteering with the Department of Homeland Security up in
Hackensack he was a scholar athlete from the University of Colorado and he
couldn’t get a job in his field so he enlisted as an officer candidate
in order to become a green beret so here’s some of the other things that are
that are available to you in your own backyard in line with the academic belt
of the country is the Army’s research and development command spread
throughout the entire northeast they offer internships competitions and
things of that nature through the east cyber mission which is a program through
the army you could get up to fifty thousand dollars in grant money for your
school there’s another scholarship that awarded fifty eight thousand or fifty
eight million dollars last year to three hundred forty scholarships through the
smart scholarship and that smart scholarship you don’t actually have to
join the military a majority of the military is actually scientists and
researchers business professionals that actually run a Department of Defense if
you have 18 of these stem degrees and you get into that College the army will
pick up the tab and all you have to do is work two years as the department in
the Army civilian so you get your entire undergrad education paid off for you
automatically get a job working for the largest corporation in the world which
is your military then poised three over three million people throughout the
entire joint joint pitcher going back the second scholarship I’ll send this
out they will actually pay for your graduate school as well again all you do
is you owe two years as a department the army civilian this is that each cyber
mission that I was talking about you write a white paper you design a program
or improve its system and you could get up to $50,000 for your school in grants
so in conclusion I’ve got five minutes before you guys get out of here I need
you guys to understand the differences between your generation my generation
and our parents generation and how you guys are are thinking differently I want
you to understand that high school is important it absolutely is important for
the seniors that are in this room the kings and queens of the
castle or so you think you can absolutely mess it up in June’s right
around the corner so keep your heads in the books because you can absolutely
mess it up and for you juniors you’re in the right spot to actually start
planning for this to go home and have those conversations so that you can
actually put in accordingly your GPA and your SAT scores are the only two things
you can’t get back when you leave from high school and they absolutely matter
make yourself competitive in a new economy watch that video success in the
new economy it’s seven minutes on YouTube please feel free to watch it
when you get home today and in conclusion the military can help you get
into a better college than you think they could pay off all your student debt
both proactively and reactively you have the minutemen scarf to pay for all that
you can have you in and out of the army in six years with a master’s degree such
as myself and on to a better paying job then you can think of and before you
guys leave today your teachers your faculty staff – a lot of work so
transform you and make you the better leaders that you’re in today
we go into basic training and afterwards parents come running up to say oh my god
my son or daughter is awesome thank you so much and honestly we didn’t really do
anything we just put you guys in an environment where your character rises
to the top so for your seniors do something that I
never did find your favorite coach teacher faculty member and thanked them
for what they do on a daily basis and with that being said I will turn it back
over to your your principal and we’ll see you at the table set up during your
lunch in our period so I just want to reiterate something
obviously it’s a lot of information right a lot of information it’s
overwhelming and a lot of times in the spot you’re in right now and you’re
taking a lot of things in consideration of obviously your grades location what
schools the right fit for you but obviously that dollar amounts an impact
on you we talked about your siblings and different situations with your moms and
dads and guardians what have you it’s a challenge just take this one as some a
little bit of something to think about you know if you have any questions where
I have a table outside the North cafeteria you can ask the the folks here
representing the military and you can get your questions answered today and
then you can follow up in a variety of different ways just another piece of
something to do a little bit of homework wanting to think about what you’re doing
with future


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