Last week the cadets got a valuable lesson about commitment from our very own Master Sergeant Matney. He started off by posing simple question to the cadets; what does commitment mean? As each cadet gave their rendition of what commitment was, it became very clear that commitment meant something different for everyone. Traditionally commitment means being dedicated or obligated to something. However, many of the cadets answered in the sense of how they would show commitment. The answers from across the room were very inspiring and demonstrated the diversity among the group. It was insightful to hear the variety of perspectives.
The concept of commitment should hit home with our cadets because their success as cadets and future officers depends on it. There are three areas that the AFROTC program highlights and expects commitment to; academics, fitness, and character. When a cadet chooses to be committed to these three pillars, they demonstrate that they are serious about becoming an Air Force officer. Once commissioned, though, that commitment becomes both deeper and more important. This may seem like a huge undertaking, but with the help and guidance of the cadre and senior cadets it is possible. The take away from the lesson is that commitment starts with the small tasks and increases with responsibility and, sometimes, unexpectedly.
This was demonstrated when the cadets were taken outside to perform some basic military movements. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Cooney made sure to reiterate the lesson that was just taught to the cadets by encouraging them to perform all drill movements with pride. She stated that even these small movements show the amount of commitment to the program that each individual has. In light of both MSgt Matney and Cadet Lt Col Cooney’s encouraging words, they improved their drill movements and their commitment to the Air Force and each other.
Written by C/3C Casey and C/Capt Barnhorst