Cadet William Dinsmore joined the Army Reserves in 2005, and was stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, from March 2006 to 2007. He credits the ROTC in helping him achieve his education goals and getting him to the point of becoming an Army officer.
“I can’t say enough about ROTC,” Dinsmore said. “It really has helped out a lot.”
Dinsmore will graduate in May 2010 from Ohio Dominican University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. He’s been accepted to Ashland Theological Seminary. Upon graduation from the seminary, Dinsmore will be an Army captain. His goal is to become an Army chaplain.
“I received the calling to become an Army chaplain while I was overseas in Iraq,” Dinsmore said. “I’m going to be practicing my faith in the U.S. Army as a chaplain. Wherever they send me, I’ll always be there for the soldiers as a faith-based man, as a counselor and as a pastor. It’s really exciting, and I’m really pumped about it.”
Dinsmore believes continuing education is important, especially for returning veterans. “Continuing education can help returning veterans get acclimated back into civilian life. It can give them more opportunities in the civilian community.”
While at Ohio Dominican University, Dinsmore believes he’s learned skills that will help him advance professionally. He’s learned to communicate effectively with individuals and groups. He’s learned to budget his finances and to manage his time. Because of these and other positive university experiences, Dinsmore encourages all veterans to take full advantage of the GI Bill.
“The benefits are there to help you as a veteran succeed in a civilian career,” Dinsmore said. I firmly believe that you should take full advantage of those educational benefits.”