The high-pressure, constant-deadline world of television and radio news was an eye-opener for Wright State University Army ROTC cadet Tyler Scott.
Scott served a three-week internship in the news department at KADN/KLAF News 15 in Lafayette, Louisiana, last summer.
“I did field reporting. I sat in on interviews. I worked with producers. I worked with the news director,” he said. “I learned a lot.”
The pace was grueling.
“They get up and they work long shifts,” he said. “And it never stops.”
The 22-year-old Scott said he quickly acquired knowledge and skill in how to manage people in high-stress environments.
“I learned a lot about high pressure, leadership and interpersonal tact with people,” he said.
Scott grew up in Jamestown, Ohio, in a military family. His father is a retired Air Force master sergeant, his mother worked as a nurse at the Dayton Veterans Administration Hospital and his brother is a communications officer in the Air Force.
After graduating from Greeneview High School in 2015 with a 2.0 GPA, Scott enlisted in the Army National Guard. He acknowledges not taking high school too seriously, saying he lacked motivation.
That has since changed, he said, because of the Army.
“My grades have greatly improved. I’m a much better student,” he said. “You learn skills in the Army that help you with your life, become a leader and become a better student.”
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is a college-based program that trains students to become commissioned officers of the armed forces.
Scott said Army ROTC offers full-ride scholarships and not just to students with 3.5 or 4.0 high school GPAs.
“We care about how you are going to move forward,” he said. “We are looking for people who are determined, who aren’t quitters. We ask that you want to be here.”
“I love history because it allows you to learn from the past and gives you a broader perspective,” he said. “History is not about knowing dates and events; it’s about analyzing historical events, learning from them and using that in today’s world.”
Scott serves in the Army National Guard but plans to go into the regular Army as an officer after he graduates in 2021. He plans to make the Army his career and wants to be an officer in the transportation, logistics or engineering branch.
“I’ve learned to love and appreciate the logistics world,” he said.