Is the the stuff they teach over on the Army side of ROTC at UIC?!?!
Lmao, but good for you for committing to the program. I have been an enlisted Leader of Marines for nearly a decade with my only education being on the job leadership training. I now attend UIC as well as one of the Active duty members of ROTC for the Navy/Marine Corps team out of IIT. I commission next spring and while I believe the education I have received in college has been valuable, I do not agree the degree creates a leader. Experience, common sense, and honor do. None of which however can be found on a class schedule.
Dude, I hear what you are saying but I think that education is a big plus. I will say that a lot of my officers when I was in the army were not natural leaders and just because they went to college didn't make them ones. Conversely, a lot on NCOs were natural leaders and they didn't go to college.
However, education does bring a lot to the table and it's a needed sheepskin for sure. An educated officer who's also a natural leader is often very successful.
It's a decision the individual has to make. For me, I decided to enlist 1st and take ROTC courses my Fresh/Soph yr of college before the committment period in order to decide what was best for me.I had fully decided at the time of my enlistment that I would complete the ROTC program and even chose a college around that decision.
In the long run I just got tired of the Army. It's a big committment and it kept getting in the way of me attaining my Bachelors and Masters degrees. That's the main reason I got out.
For the most part my officers were lackluster and the senior NCOs were outstanding leaders. However, the senior NCOs I speak of represented only 5% of the NCOs in the battalion. The rest were generally foul mouthed, crude, drunk, and counterproductive or simply average joes who did the job but didn't want to rock the world or anything.
However, the officers who I most respected really were leaders and they took education seriously. These officers respected the NCOs and confered with them often then weighed the concerns of the soldiers with the mission and essentially put some thought into the solution. That's real leadership.
So the NCOs are the backbone of the military and to ignore that is trouble but to ignore a natural born leader and the education they bring to the table is worse.
Recently, I watched an old Gary Cooper movie, Sargeant York. This is about a WW1 pacifist who was a medal of honor winner for capturing 123 Germans single handedly at the battle of Argonne. York was an excellent shot and was recognized as an asset by his NCOs during basic training but recommended for discharge by them based on his application as a conscientious objector. However, his officers decided to retain him based on their educated reviews of his prospects in light of his request.
York ended up killing 20 Germans in order to save the lives of hundreds of his men. Based on his NCO review he wouild have been drilled out of the Army.