Spc. Javier Garrido earns Minuteman Scholarship

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Guam Army National Guard Spc. Javier Garrido has been awarded a scholarship from The Minuteman program.

The program is a Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship that covers full tuition and fees or $10,000 per year toward room and board at any college or university served by an Army ROTC program.

Scholarship recipients also receive a yearly book allowance of $1,200 and a monthly stipend of $420 while attending school enrolled in the ROTC program.

Garrido is the son of retired Sgt. Eric Timothy Almandrez Garrido and Tara Elise Castro Franquez, and with multiple family members who are serving or have served. He is the latest family member to continue this legacy of service.

Sedrick Serisola of the Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion spoke with Garrido about his decision to serve.

S: Tell us a little about yourself.

J: I graduated from Notre Dame High School, Guam in 2018. I enlisted into the 721st Guam Army Band as a 42 Romeo (musician) in the Guam National Guard. I enjoy lifting, playing piano, walking my dogs, and listening to podcasts about religion and philosophy. I always knew that I would enlist in the military.

S: How did you get the Scholarship, and what was the process like?

J: My recruiter, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Ferrara brought it to my attention when I first enlisted. At the time, I turned it down just so I could go to Basic Combat Training. Now that I’m back on Guam, I believe that the next step to further my career is through the Minuteman Scholarship. The NCO’s were very welcoming and excited to have a candidate interested in the Minuteman Scholarship. Although there were a lot of documents to complete, I was assisted every step of the way.

S: You will commission as a 2nd Lt. after graduating. What does this mean to you?

J: It’s simultaneously exciting and frightening. Although more opportunities for schooling and training to better myself will appear, I will also take more responsibility for the Soldiers that will be assigned to me. This kind of pressure just seems so exciting. I know that as long as I do my best, I will be a positive role model and won’t let them down.

S: Anything else you’d like to say?

J: I believe there is no better way than the Guard to serve your country while staying with your family and friends. And speaking of family and friends, thank you all for all your support. I hope to make you all proud with the progress I’ve made.