ROTC Spolight Nicole Cockcroft: Presented By OSU Army ROTC

A graduate of Lucas Christian Academy in Lucas, Texas, Nicole Cockcroft is currently a sophomore at Oklahoma State University and a member of the ROTC program.

Growing up in Texas, Cockcroft always admired the military and had an interest in joining the Armed Forces, which made joining the ROTC at OSU an easy decision.

“I have always admired the military and had an interest in pursuing an army career, but had a lot of uncertainty in whether or not it was the right choice for me,” said Cadet Cockcroft. “Joining ROTC has allowed me to pursue a bachelors degree as given me time to discover what I really want to do in the U.S. Army.”

Her family has a history of service in the military. Her grandfather served in WWII as well as other members over the years.

“My grandfather served in WWII, and a few of my cousins have joined the military since, but other than that there is no other military history in my family,” said Cockcroft.

Being a part of the ROTC program at Oklahoma State University, Cockcroft has enjoyed the many opportunities ROTC has given her while going to college.

“What I’ve enjoyed the most is the ability to become involved, learn, and gain physical strength through many of the programs offered by ROTC, such as Ranger Challenge, as well as the camaraderie built through it has been my favorite part of ROTC,” said Cadet Cockcroft.

The plan is to turn her time as an ROTC cadet into a full time job in the U.S. Army.

“I do plan to make the military a career in my future,” said Cadet Cockcroft. “Although I am still figuring out exactly what I want to do in the future, I am interested in possibly pursuing a job in military intelligence.”

For current or future students at OSU, Cockcroft offers this advice when considering ROTC as a path to better yourself and your future.

“There is absolutely no harm in simply trying it out to see if it is a good career path for you. You are not required contract until your junior year, so you have time to see if it is a good fit. I was unsure at first, but ROTC has turned out to be one of my favorite parts of my college experience thus far,” said Cadet Cockcroft.