Each month, Jagwire features a cadet who is enrolled in Augusta University’s ROTC program and a member of the Jaguar Army ROTC Battalion. For September, we spoke with Cadet Tannasia Rhodes.
Where are you from and what high school did you attend?
I am from Augusta. I attended Hephzibah High School.
Why did you choose to attend Augusta University?
I decided to attend Augusta University because of the opportunities I would have with ROTC and future opportunities pertaining to my career with the College of Education.
How did you become interested in the ROTC/military?
Growing up, I’ve always volunteered on a consistent basis. However, I knew I wanted to continue to serve and be a part of something greater than myself.
Why did you choose to pursue the degree that you’ve selected?
I am currently in the MAT program with a concentration in special education. I taught as a co-teacher in an inclusion classroom at Hephzibah High School located in Hephzibah. I know some day I would love to go back into teaching after retiring from the military.
What are your long-term plans for the military?
My long-term plan is to commission into the branch of health services and serve at least 20 years active duty while being one of the best soldiers within the ranks and continuing to learn and support those around me.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of being in the ROTC?
One of the misconceptions of being in ROTC is that all ROTC cadets have no prior experience before commissioning.
Use one word to describe cadet life.
What has been the hardest adjustment to preparing for the military?
Being away from loved ones throughout training.
What are you most excited about now that you are a part of Jaguar Nation and the Jaguar Battalion?
I am mostly excited about the experience. I am grateful that I get the opportunity to further my education while being a cadet in the Jaguar Battalion.
Use one word to sum up your experience as a Jaguar?