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DVIDS – News – Enlisted at Officer Mustang Rodeo held at NMRTC Bremerton

DVIDS – News – Enlisted at Officer Mustang Rodeo held at NMRTC Bremerton

Sailors from a number of commands attended an Enlisted Officer Mustang Rodeo to learn about available paths to a commission.

The fact-filled – and collaborative opportunity – event was held on May 2, 2024 at Naval Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton.

There were breakout sessions that gave sailors a chance to network with Navy officers, including those known as mustangs, which meant they had previously been enlisted before being commissioned.

The two-hour event started with a presentation discussing all the different pathways to commission, prior to the aforementioned breakout sessions for each client. More than 13 Navy officers of all designations and ranks participated as mentors. They answered questions and shared advice with the sailors in a mentoring and educational setting.

“I came today to confirm if the research I have already done on commissioning is current,” said Electricians Mate 2nd Class Anthony Montesano of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

In the military field, the transition from soldier to noncommissioned officer is considered by many to be a remarkable achievement that accentuates both dedication and leadership potential. Challenges, sacrifices, ambition and moments of profound growth often mark such a journey.

Montesano found new information and said, “I discovered I could get an assignment in meteorology, something I was interested in before applying but didn’t think was available to me now.”

Ensign April White of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, manager of the Naval Hospital Bremerton Laboratory, led the coordination of this event and said, “Our goal was for every sailor to find an officer he could connect with and see himself following ( their steps towards commissioning). .”

White joined the Navy in October 2006 as a hospital corps recruit and was commissioned into the Medical Service Corps as a medical laboratory scientist in April 2023. She chose to become a medical laboratory scientist because it gave her continuity in the career field she was most familiar with, including a greater scope of responsibility and impact.

As laboratory manager, White oversees all medical laboratory activities and provides subject matter expertise to suppliers and command leaders.

White said thoughtfully, “I love being a Mustang.” It allows me to use the experience and wisdom I have gained from rising through the ranks to influence change while shaping future leaders through meaningful interactions and mentorship.”

Any currently enlisted man or woman can become a commissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces. Enlisted members who become officers can expect to continue to progress throughout their military careers

Date of recording: 05.08.2024
Date posted: 05.08.2024 17:55
Story ID: 470728

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