Guam – After a rigorous eight weeks at the Reserve Component Officer Candidate School on Fort Meade, South Dakota, five Guam National Guard Soldiers returned recently after completing their requirements to become the newest 2nd Lieutenants in the organization.
Soon to be commissioned are Officer Candidates Plamin Rabino, Jin Yi, JoJohn Quinata, Stephen Cahill, and Michael Taman. All are currently enlisted non-commissioned officers in the Guam Army National Guard.
The Guam Soldiers went through about an eight month long program, taught in a high-stress environment that was mostly run by the 203rd Regional Training Institute of the GUARNG.
[Officer Candidates Stephen Cahill, JoJohn Quinata, Michael Taman, Plamin Rabino, and Jin Yi pose in front of Mount Rushmore National Park where their graduation was held recently. The five Guam Army National Guard Soldiers recently completed Officer Candidate School training at Ft. Meade, SD, and will be commissioned soon as the newest 2nd Lieutenants in the GUARNG. (Photo courtesy of the SDARNG]
The last portion of the program, about eight weeks long, is spent at the Fort Meade OCS training center, run by the 196th Regiment’s 1st Battalion (Officer Candidate School).
LTC Ronnie Delfin, 203rd RTI commander, praised the effort shown by the officer candidates as they went through the course.
“The five candidates just completed eight months of high intensity training to prepare them to be the future leaders of our organization. They have demonstrated their ability and desire to serve as officers leading the finest Soldiers our nation and island has to offer. I congratulate them for their determination and commitment and I thank the cadre of the 203rd Regional Training Institute for their hard work in preparing these Soldiers to become commissioned officers,” said Delfin.
The training phases in this program include basic soldiering skills, drill and ceremony, physical training, and administrative preparation. Training also focused on the individual, squad and platoon level leadership skills. Candidates receive further training on a variety of military subjects, land navigation, small unit leadership skills and confidence instruction.
The candidates also assumed additional and increasing responsibilities, designed to refine their leadership skills through additional challenges, as the phases progressed.
A commissioning ceremony is expected for the candidates within the next few weeks.