Josh Grove

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Josh Grove shortly before graduating in 2018.

Since the time Bethany senior Josh Grove turned sixteen years old, he had an idea, let’s say a plan, about his post high school education. In his mind, the plan was set in stone, and it had nothing to do with Bethany Lutheran College.

“因为我的高中二年级,我是在参加西点[美国军事学院]死心塌地。一切都在高中我所做的是在连接到bolstering我[西点]的应用,以帮助提高我接受的几率某种方式。失败不是一个选项,但直到我的父母说服了我,我需要一个应急计划[如果西点没有提供接受],我开始寻找替代的院校。

“So, while I was continuing to develop my West Point application, I applied for a four-year National Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship and looked for a college that I could use it at. I knew that my older sister, Rebecca, was attending Bethany, and she loved it. I decided to apply [to Bethany] as my backup to West Point.”

The advice of Grove’s parents turned to reality when he wasn’t accepted at West Point. Grove was devastated by the news, and he wasn’t exactly excited about following his older sister to Bethany. But, that’s where his story takes an interesting twist.

“之后,我收到了来自西点军校的拒绝信,我是绝对粉碎。我有我的建立三年的简历,我会被录用的希望的工作,它几乎感觉就像所有的工作已经毫无意义。我真的不想去伯大尼,而我觉得,我的职业是西点军校。在总,我申请的两所大学,西点和伯大尼,我做梦也没有想到,我会在伯大尼结束。

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“我发现自己爱上的人在伯大尼,成长更接近社区,并加强我与上帝的关系。在这一点上我知道我是在正确的步伐,并决定留在伯大尼和完成我的学位,并在密歇根州立大学的四年ROTC节目。 (明尼苏达州特立独行营由来自伯大尼路德大学生,古斯塔夫二世大学,明尼苏达州立大学,曼凯托。)

Grove was recently honored as one of the top Army ROTC Cadets in the nation. The honored Cadets are nominated based on scholarship, leadership, physical fitness, and community involvement and are designated George C. Marshall Award recipients for their respective year. The two hundred seventy-five honorees from across the nation are college seniors, and most of them hold senior leadership positions within their Army ROTC detachments. As a result of this award, Grove was invited to attend the 39th annual George C. Marshall Leadership & Awards Seminar at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

作为后备军官训练队成员,林一直保持在他在伯大尼4年非常繁忙。在学年期间,林等特立独行营学员参加在上午的体能训练,每周三到五次,参加每周领先的实验室,进行实地训练演习(FTX)一旦一个学期,在各地不同的比赛争取国家。林还找到了由军队提供额外的培训机会。在暑假他花时间在土耳其的训练与土耳其地面部队,参与并同时从空中和空中突击学校毕业,并在化学防御的军队医学研究所在香港仔,马里兰州实习。

“后备军官训练队的经验是太棒了!我已经能够发展成为未来的领导者,掌握技能是成功的既作为一名军官,并为未来的民用。我非常喜欢我已经参加了海外和美国国内唯一的培训机会。他们不仅是有关我的职业生涯,他们也曾经在一个千载难逢的机会。有时,它一直是一个具有挑战性的和刚性的经验,但非常值得,我不会回去,改变任何事情。对于获奖,很高兴看到所有的辛勤工作和时间,我已经投入ROTC还清。我今年在军队ROTC学员的前10%毕业的特权,我的调试类有被排在了全国最高的荣誉“。

While Groves’ commitment to his ROTC program is quite evident, he is even more candid when you ask him about his Bethany experience.

“伯大尼,毫无疑问,超出了我的期望!我非常喜欢在伯大尼的经验和我所获得的知识是无价的!在心理学专业不仅搭载我的工具是成功的在心理学领域,但职业发展课程教会了我独特的技能,这将更好地帮助我侍奉上帝,我的家人,和其他领域我可能会发现自己英寸它是通过伯大尼,我是能够满足我的漂亮的未婚妻,jemimah,我真心祝福让她在我的生命。最终,伯大尼立我为我的方法可能从来没有想象的成功。我不会交易伯大尼的世界,我要感谢每一天,从西点的拒绝信发现到我的邮箱神“。

林赢得了他的学士学位心理学在企业管理和军事科学未成年人5月11日,2018年他和吉姆结婚了5月19日,2018年ROTC学员被任命为大学和格罗夫在毕业现役军官将成为一个活跃在美国的责任医疗服务队少尉军队之前,他毕业BLC一个星期。在七月中旬,他将到堡垒山姆·休斯敦,得克萨斯,报告完成基本的军官领导课程,之后,他将在斯科菲尔德兵营,夏威夷,他的第一个工作地点报告开始他的服务在美国军队。