In recognition of Veterans Day; Sunday, Nov. 11, the growing Texas Wesleyan Army Reserve Officers Training Corps program and continuous student veteran enrollment, faculty and students in the program look forward to the federal holiday.

Douglas Spellman, mailroom clerk at Wesleyan, participated in the drill team and ROTC program in high school. He said his proudest moment was achieving the ranking of lieutenant colonel. Since then, he has marched in and aims to attend the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade every year.

“On each Veterans Day, I try to make the parade when I can,” Spellman said. “Whether I participate in it or not, I like to make it as a camaraderie that the veterans feel around other veterans and the appreciation that we’re receiving.”

ROTC teaches training, discipline and knowledge in military, leadership and beyond. With the combination of ROTC and the educational curriculum, students are provided with the skills needed to succeed as a leader both in and outside of the Army.

There is a strong connection and community with those involved in ROTC on the Texas Wesleyan campus. Spellman and Giovanni Monsanto, senior psychology major, shared stories about their involvement in ROTC.

“[Monsanto] is a good person,” Spellman said. “He is always trying to do something positive.”

Monsanto took his leadership skills to the next level and joined ROTC. Monsanto was first convinced to join ROTC to help him excel and afford his education. After being accepted into Texas Wesleyan, Monsanto talked to a programmer.

Monsanto describes his proudest moment when he was sworn into the Army and his most exciting moment was being able to fly in a Black Hawk helicopter down to Fort Hood, Texas, from TCU.

Monsanto has received honors for having an outstanding GPA and feels proud to be active in ROTC. Monsanto describes his challenge in balancing classes and ROTC due to the demanding schedules. He says being a leader is undoubtedly the skill he has gotten out of the ROTC program. Monsanto said he is proud when he is wearing his uniform. He has a sense of respect and prestige.

“What I have gotten out of ROTC is how to be a leader, to knowing how to lead, what it takes to be a leader planning organization, and dealing with different people,” Monsanto said. “I feel proud. It gives me pride to be a part of something that not everyone else is a part of.”