Published in


Year 2

After nearly a year at Fort Benning, I returned to my unit, the 181st Infantry Regiment of the Massachusetts National Guard.

181st Infantry Regiment coat of arms

The first drill upon returning from OSUT is usually with the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP), not one’s unit. It is a debrief, of sorts. There, I was awarded a challenge coin from a retired Sergeant Major for completing Ranger school, and an Army Certificate of Achievement for a 300 APFT during OSUT. My next drill was with my unit.

44th Infantry Division shoulder patch

The first serious time spent with my unit was during the summer annual training (AT). The same group of instructors who facilitate Ranger Training Assessment Course (RTAC) at Fort Benning traveled to Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) to lead Light Leader’s course, a less intensive version of RTAC. Though in a Rifleman position within my squad, I was made RTO because of my experience from Ranger School. I was awarded an Army Achievement Medal for my performance as RTO and assisting the PL and PSG in the planning bay.

Later in the year, I was nominated to compete in the Best Warrior competition at the Company level. Before the competition, however, I joined a different unit.

Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) shoulder patch and insignia

While at Fort Benning in 2019, I met multiple soldiers serving in the Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB). Toward the end of 2020, I interviewed with 54th SFAB out of Fort Benning. My civilian experience in software engineering, international travel, and foreign language experience was enough for the team to assign me to an intel advisor position with the expectation that I would reclass to a military intelligence MOS―in addition to completing SFAB selection and the Combat Advisor Training Course (CATC).


  • Position: Infantryman (Rifleman) → Infantryman (RTO) → Intelligence Advisor
  • Unit: 54th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB)
  • Rank: Specialist
  • Grade: E4
  • Primary MOS: 11B10V
  • Secondary MOS: none
  • Years of service: 2
  • Deployments: 0
  • Service stripes: 0
  • Overseas service bars: 0
  • Awards: 1x Army Achievement Medal, 1x Army Certificate of Achievement
  • Decorations: none
  • Service ribbons: Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon
  • Medals: Army Achievement Medal
  • Combat badges: none
  • Skill badges: Parachutist badge
  • Marksmanship badges: Sharpshooter (Carbine)
  • Identification badges: none
  • Tabs: Ranger tab
  • APFT: 300
  • ACFT: none on record
  • AITs complete: 1
  • Schools: Basic training, AIT, RTLI, RTAC, Ranger school, Airborne school, Light Leaders course




This is a publication meant to document my experience and career growth in the United States armed forces.

Recommended from Medium

Musings on the Regenerative Mindset for Business

5 Things I Learned from Uncertainty

Find The Best Business Specialist By Using Some Of The Best Tips

What’s one thing about building a business you won’t learn in business school?

Why diversity is better

What I Look Forward to About Going Back to the Office

The Most Important Thing in Workers’ Compensation Claims: Safety First!

Thinking beyond salary: How to negotiate your best comp package

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Johann Lilly

Johann Lilly

AI Researcher

More from Medium

The Self-Reported Benefits of CBD for Parkinson’s Disease Are Underwhelming

CBD for seniors with Parkinson’s disease.

Route 66 Buzz-All Things Wanderful Dot Com About OKC

Lemures: Primates Of Madagascar

Evolution Apes Whitepaper