GOLD - Guard Officer Leadership Development

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Guard Officer Leadership Development
The GOLD (Guard Officer Leadership Development) Program is a challenging premier leadership program unique to Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers and sponsoring universities. The academic leadership training you receive is built into your college curriculum. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Army Officer. Upon completion of the GOLD Program you will earn the rank of Second Lieutenant and become a commissioned officer in to the Army National Guard to become a leader of soldiers.

What you will learn by academic year:

Military Science 1: Military structure, organization, leadership fundamentals and individual level tactical skills.

Military Science 2: Ropes Course, group exercises and team building with an emphasis on professional leadership competencies and insights, and team level tactical skills.

Military Science 3: Operations, orders, general leadership skills and squad level tactical skills.

Military Science 4: Staff functions, military laws, diversity training, situational management and platoon level tactical skills.

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How Does GOLD Benefit Me?

Skill Sets:

  • Life skills in time management, problem solving and organization that will immediately enhance academic performance and carry over into professional competency.
  • Professional skills in effective communication, PowerPoint presentation, small group leading, team building and management that will set you ahead of your peers in the workforce and the classroom.
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  1. Non-deployable through graduation
  2. 100% paid college tuition
  3. Residence hall scholarship
  4. Federal tuition assistance
  5. Receive MGI Bill
  6. Perform Leadership Labs instead of Drill
  7. Commission at 90 hours with GOLD versus 124 hours with ROTC
  8. Get paid for training
Time Line: After academic review by GOLD, students will be placed in appropriate MS level based on academic standing.

East Central University
CPT Michael Scanlon
(405) 313-7744

SSG Paul Davis
(405) 996-0264