University of Oklahoma’s David Golden: ROTC Spotlight Presented By OU Army ROTC
The University of Oklahoma has a proud tradition of ROTC cadets moving on to do great things in our nation's military. Lieutenant David Golden is adding to the storied tradition. In the fall of 2018, Golden joined the ROTC program as a junior at the University of Oklahoma.
Coming to Norman from Las Vegas, Nevada after graduating from a small Christian school, Calvary Chapel, Golden decided to follow his passion for service and a desire to give more to his community.
“I joined ROTC due to my passion for service and my desire to find some sort of purpose in my community. Getting my college expenses paid for did not hurt either. ROTC is kind of like a fraternity or sorority, but the cool part is that you have a special kind of influence and you get paid rather than having to pay for it,” said Golden.
Military service was not something Golden grew up with or was even close to despite having a few family members that served in the Korean War.
“Joining the military for me really had little to do with my family history and belonged largely to my own personal passions,” said Golden.
During his time as a cadet, Golden said there were several things he enjoyed while serving and attending class.
“The thing that I enjoyed the most about ROTC is getting close to your peers. The military has a funny way of getting people really close, almost like brothers and sister. There are challenges and uncomfortable moments while one is in ROTC, but that all the more makes one value the friends that they are able to go through it with. Labs, classes, physical training, summer training, and FTX’s are tedious, but they are also what I enjoyed most because of the people that go through it with you.”
Upon graduating, Golden decided to stay in the Oklahoma Army National Guard while pursuing graduate school.
“I have largely taken this year off to attend FA BOLC, but have been accepted into OU College of Law and will start in the fall of 2021. I am currently with the 158th FA, a HIMARS unit in Fort Sill,” said Golden.
The Lieutenant had this advice for prospective students considering the ROTC program at OU.
“The most important advice that I would give to other cadets is to try to be involved as much as you can, make sure that you stay physically fit, and always be humble," suggested Golden. "Try to volunteer for some of the community outreaches, fundraisers, or extracurricular programs offered. This not only makes you stick out as a cadet, but this all the more enhances a positive experience in the program. Another big part of sticking out is being physically fit. If you find that the PT that your program does is not sufficient to be physically fit, then you should be trying to workout on you own time as well. Anyone wanting to lead soldiers in the Army should most definitely lead in PT.
"Lastly, make sure that you are humble. Some of you may be coming from military families, JROTC, or have already enlisted. Regardless, one should be willing to give ear to upperclassmen, cadre, and staff at all times. I would say that this could actually make you stick out the most. This does not mean that you shouldn’t put out the ideas that you have or show confidence, but you should also not be quick to think that you are right. Working together as a team is instilled into ROTC and most definitely in the Armed Forces in general. There are going to be people who think they know everything, but the cadet that humbly approaches their opportunities gets the most out of the program. Best of blessings to all the new and current cadets; your success is right around the corner. Boomer Sooner!”