Edmond North's Breiya Madison and Bushland's Gwendolyn Hill – Red River Rivals Unite in OSU ROTC
Oklahoma State University ROTC cadets Breiya Madison and Gwendolyn Hill are both sophomores but come from two different states. Hill is from Bushland, Texas and attended high school at Bushland High, while Madison is from Edmond, Oklahoma and attended Edmond North High School. Despite being from rival states, they are both OSU through and through and both are active members in the ROTC program. Hill did not participate in JROTC in high school, but she knew it was the best path to become an officer in the U.S. Army.
“When applying for Army ROTC scholarships, I had made the decision to join the OSU ROTC program whether I received a scholarship or not. I heard it was one of best to go through to become an officer,” said Hill.
Madison did take the JRTOC route at Edmond which led her to join the ROTC program at Oklahoma State.
“I was in AFJROTC which is one of the reasons I decided to try ROTC at OSU. Additionally, after further research into my career options, I found that the Army has a branch of veterinary medicine. With this knowledge I decided to give the Army ROTC program at OSU a try and I soon found my passion in both the military and vet medicine,” said Madison.
There are many things both Hill and Madison enjoy about the ROTC program.
“I enjoy knowing everyone there is working towards the same goal. You always know you’ll be able to find a friend because you’ll have one thing in common (ROTC). It is also a whole new experience. Everything taught in ROTC is brand new to me so I’m constantly learning,” said Hill. “As a cadet, I've been on the Military Ball Committee, Cannon Crew for the football games, and learned how to rappel.”
Madison stated she enjoys making lifelong friends and the mental and physical training.
“I have enjoyed making lifetime friends in the program as well as being trained mentally and physically every day. The ROTC program makes me push myself to be better in everything I do and my fellow cadets alongside me only encourage me further,” said Madison. “As a cadet, I have been involved in many activities such as flag detail, recruiting, field training exercises, as well as the Military Ball Committee.”
Both cadets plan to make the military a career.
“I do plan on to make the military a career. I am hoping to go active duty and Branch Military Intelligence,” said Hill.
Madison added, “I do plan to make military a career once I graduate. I plan to go active as an Army veterinarian officer.”
As cadets, Hill and Madison are setting great examples for other cadets to follow, whether male or female.
“As a female Cadet, I’ve learned that you are treated the exact same as everyone else there. Although ROTC is male dominant, I have been given the same opportunities as them. You are held to the same standards and it makes you a better leader in the end,” said Hill.
“I would encourage other females to try the Army ROTC Program. Not only has my self-confidence grown tremendously since being a cadet of the program, but it has also opened up many opportunities and resources to be successful in civilian and military life in the future,” said Madison.