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Captain Maxine Reyes, Commander, Orlando Recruiting Company

Captain Maxine Reyes
Orlando, FL
Commander, Orlando Recruiting Company

Q: Why did you join the Army?
I joined the Army because I wanted to be a leader in an outstanding organization where I could grow professionally and personally. I also wanted to become more resilient while continuing to serve my country alongside my husband, and I desired to experience the adventure of traveling to different regions of the world.

Q: What has been your most interesting or memorable experience in the U.S. Army?
My most memorable time in the Army so far has been experiencing brotherhood and sisterhood with others while we serve in distant lands away from our families. I became very close with a group of people from a different branch of military and all walks of life who shared the same values and belief system. This experience has allowed me to grow spiritually and brought me closer to my family. The camaraderie we share is what makes the U.S. Army a unique organization.

Q: In what ways has the Army enabled you to further your education and/or career goals?
I completed my Master's degree four years after joining the Army.

Q: How has your Army career prepared you for the next phase of your career, whether that be in or out of the Army? 
My leadership skills have expanded since I became an officer in the Army. My present assignment as a Recruiting Company Commander has challenged me to become a better leader and be more resilient. This experience has prepared me the most for the next phase of my career and the next chapter of my life.

Q: Why do you feel military service should be considered a viable post-secondary option?
I believe that it gives a young person a head start to life – period. It allows you to mature in a never-ending learning environment while you think about continuing on this career path or pursuing another career. Education is always an option in the military, so if you want to further your education through school, you can do that while earning an income. In the Army, Soldiers continuously learn new skills, meet people from all over the world, live in different places than where they grew up and gain valuable life experiences.

Q: What advice do you have for young adults considering the Army?
I believe all young people should consider joining a branch of service suitable for them. Young adults considering the Army must know that they will be successful if they focus on completing the task at hand. I always reminded myself of the reason why I joined. This reminder allowed me to stay motivated throughout my training. Young people must know that the effort they put into their training will determine the result. The Army is a team-based organization and there will always be others facing similar challenges, so they must always stay encouraged because they will not be alone; there will be others right there with them.

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