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Cadet Connor McHugh and Cadet Dylan McHugh, Baylor University Army ROTC

Photo Credit: Skye Duncan, The Baylor Lariat

Cadets Connor and Dylan McHugh
Baylor Army ROTC
Waco, Texas

We are Connor and Dylan McHugh. We are brothers and are attending Baylor University in Waco, TX through the ROTC program. Connor is a sophomore and Dylan is a freshman. We both received ROTC scholarships to attend Baylor. We come from a military family. Our father is a lieutenant colonel in the Army stationed at Fort Leavenworth. Our grandfather was also an officer in Army.

Why did you decide to join Army ROTC and commit to a post-college career with the Army?
Connor: I not only decided to join the Army ROTC program at Baylor University to honor and continue the legacy of my family’s military service but also in order to give back to the country that has given me so much. I think it is great our nation gives people the choice to serve in the armed forces; it means that much more when you commit yourself to the cause because you are doing it of your own free will.

Dylan: There are many factors that played a role in my decision to attend Baylor as an ROTC cadet. I do believe, however, that the main reason I chose this program and university was indeed because I feel obliged to continue in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. My family helped inspire me to apply for the scholarship, and so they felt like it was a great decision for building a solid future.

What aspirations do you have as an Army officer?
Connor: I am hoping to commission as an active duty officer in the Military Police Corps. I plan on making this a long term career but if my plan A does not follow through I wish to join a Texas National Guard unit and work as a State Trooper or Border Patrol agent.

Dylan: I am hoping to attend medical school after Baylor and then pursue a career as an Army physician, then later retire and start my own business.

In 2014, the two of you became the first siblings in Baylor University history to contract in the Army together? What has the experience been like to go through ROTC together as brothers?
Connor: It was a very unique experience to contract together because now not only are we literal brothers, but we are also now bound by an organization much bigger than ourselves. It is helpful to be in this together. I’m older and have been here longer, so I know the program and the upper classman. I can be a source of support for Dylan.

Dylan: When we contracted, I was a little nervous and apprehensive, but at the same time, I was proud of my brother and me. I know I have someone that I can go to when I need advice. It’s also pretty convenient because we room together, and we can encourage each other to wake up and get PT done.

What advice do you have for high school students considering their college and career paths?
Connor: I would tell anyone interested in serving the Army that as long as you have motivation to join then you should go for it. It is not something you just “try out.” It is a commitment, not only in regards to enlisting, but also within the ROTC sector. Regarding my experience in ROTC, I would say be prepared for the challenge of balancing school and ROTC because it requires a lot of physical and mental toughness. It is a great learning experience and I have built many friendships with great people, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is interested. I think anyone that has a desire to thank their county for the freedoms we have been provided with should consider not only the Army, but any branch of the armed forces.

Dylan: I would tell anyone interested in serving in the Army that if it is possible for them to go through an ROTC experience and attend college to try their hardest to do it. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities regarding their future career, education, finances, and teaches some great core values. I would also tell them that though in the beginning they might be nervous or intimidated, it is worth it to stay strong and give the Army a chance because they will make many lifelong friends and secure their future as a leader.

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