A day in the life of an ROTC Cadet Christian Hernandez


Although I was a reservist before contracting to commission, I had some specific active duty time. Besides Initial Entry Training, my active duty experience consisted of annual training with my reserve unit and my time in Fort Campbell in Air Assault School. As a 25U, Signal Support System Specialist, I was tasked with maintaining my unit’s communication systems when conducting tactical training missions, so my duties were unique to my unit. Generally, my typical day was as such:

0500: Physical Training 
0730: First Formation
0800: Breakfast Chow
0900: SP to mission
1200: Lunch Chow
1700: Dinner Chow
2000: Lights out

It is challenging to accurately describe a normal day because of how variable one could be. There were days where we slept out in the field until we completed the mission the next day. Or days when we did not have the time nor resources to go to the chow hall for food so we ate MRE’s instead. The missions determine how we execute daily tasks and what our schedule looks like ultimately. Tasks included range training such as firing and qualifying with weapons, classes involving skills like tactical casualty care, combatives, or practicing our jobs. Mine in particular was serving as the radio telephone operator, or RTO, which included communicating over comms with other units on behalf of my commander. This meant I was in the field with the most friction and conducted tactical exercises as well. In all, the average day is never truly average when conducting training, yet consistent with constant actions to be executed.