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Colonel Stephen Ruth
U.S. ARMY CADET COMMAND
Lieutenant Colonel Mai Lee Eskelund
DEPUTY DIRECTOR TF-SORD
U.S. ARMY CADET COMMAND
9800 Centre Pkwy Houston, TX 77036
Tour of Duty
Our History & Mission
The Strategic Officer Recruiting Detachment (SORD) promotes diversity and inclusion throughout the Army profession. SORD endeavors to support Houston/Los Angeles building bridges across the country increasing diversity through localized marketing and daily recruiting.
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National Guard Soldiers serve both community and country. Our versatility enables us to respond to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more. The Guard always responds with speed, strength and efficiency, helping to defend American freedom and ideals.
Paying for college can be stressful. How we can help!
DiversitySORD increase discussion about representation and has created a forum on the importance of officer representation in the United States Army. Fully incorporates Patton and Cavaso Interns to provide insight on how the Army is trying to increase representation at all ranks starting in SROTC. LEADS with The SORD is a new initiative with USMA that provides engaging workshops in underprivileged high school communities to showcase Leadership, STEM, Ethics, and increase SAT/ACT preparation for students' future.
- Increase SROTC awareness in the Hispanic American (HA) and African American (AA) community through engagements with local schools, meeting with city officials, and informing HA&AA support groups.
- Inform and educate on SROTC program incentives through career fairs, individual counseling, and marketing campaigns.
- Volunteer in the local community to build trust and validity.
- Generate support for SROTC with key mentors, influencers, and family support systems.
- We actively presents and discusses SROTC opportunities both virtually and in person. Meeting one on one, with family, instructors, school and career counselors, and even friends to showcase the benefits of SROTC.
- Building professional relationships with educators, coaches, and communities.
- Actively participate in National and Regional events and conferences, High School & Semi-Pro Sporting Events, Parent’s Night, USD events.
What programs are available across the country?
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Scholarships for High Scool Students
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be between the ages of 17 and 26.
- Have a high school GPA of at least 2.5.
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores).
- Meet physical standards.
- Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard).
- An eight-year service commitment with the Army.
- Serve full time in the Army for four years and four years with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
- Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
SORD At A Glance
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What It Takes
Physical and mental toughness are just the basic requirements. This is about commitment. A commitment to yourself. A commitment to those around you. A commitment to make a difference, help those in need and be a keeper of the American dream.
Most recruits are curious about Basic Combat Training (BCT). What is it like? What should I bring? How can I prepare? Along with support from your friends and family, you’ll need to set your personal affairs in order and bring only approved personal items. We’ll take care of the rest.
What You Get
When you join the Guard, you create a world where goals are within your grasp. It's not easy, but you'll overcome whatever challenge is laid out before you. Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime and earn pride for life. When you become a Guard Soldier, your family will thank you, your country will thank you and your future will owe you.
Joining the Guard gives you more than just the pride that comes from serving your country. You can earn benefits to help pay for your education and expenses, and you can complete your education while you serve. The National Guard offers many programs for every type of student, whether you're still in high school, attending college or working toward a vocational certification.
- ROTC National Scholarship application submission is open.
- Current application round will close February 4th 2021, talk to an ROTC Advisor if you need advice.
- Review Board 1 - 19-23 October 2020
- Review Board 2 - 25-29 January 2021
- Review Board 3 - 15-19 March 2021