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From Soldier to Student to Student Leader

Guest Blogger: Paul Escajadillo Business school is as much about the journey as it is about the ultimate destination. To that end, over the last 10 months, my classmates and I have all been working hard to balance 4 competing categories of activities: academics, recruiting, social/club events, and our personal lives. The beauty (and frustration during core classes) of Fuqua s 6-week terms is how little time we have to meet the rigorous demands of all these categories.

We all learn (or are forced to learn) disciplined time management and make tradeoffs because overlapping events will inevitably occur. I had to learn what was most important to me: one extra hour of studying, preparing for an interview, or getting ready for date night with my wife. As she can attest, I didn t always pick the right one.

After the summer and two fall terms, we were mostly done with core classes (leaving only Operations in Spring 1), and could focus on pursuing the electives and club leadership opportunities that interested us most while winding down our internship hunts. However, amidst the chaos that was Fall 1, I saw an opportunity for a future role that would best encapsulate why I enrolled in the Fuqua School of Business. Transitioning out of 7 years in the U.S.

Army (as an enlisted man, no less), I knew I needed a rigorous foundation for business. I wanted to exit my comfort zone and immerse myself in the necessary elements to effectively implement successful business strategies, which more often than not have become global. The China Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) 1 seemed like the ideal elective: 6 weeks of classes followed by 2 weeks in the country.

Why China? Well, while China s export and import growth have recently slowed down from their unsustainable double digit increases, it is still the country to study when thinking about global business opportunities. A recent PwC report 2 stated China is projected to overtake the US as the largest economy by 2017 in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms and by 2027 in market exchange rate terms.

I knew I wanted to learn as much as I could about the country, both from an academic and personal perspective. But I didn t just want to learn: I wanted to lead. During my time in the Army, I was blessed enough to deploy multiple times and always return safely with those Soldiers under my care.

I worked in a variety of positions and deployed to the countries of Ecuador, Colombia, and twice to Afghanistan. I wanted to complement real world leadership experience with the opportunity to travel to a continent I had not visited, while leading my fellow classmates to better understand and explore the business, economy, culture, and politics of a foreign country. Paul s team at the entrance to the Great Wall of China.

So, I applied to be a GATE Team Leader. As one member of a 5-person Team Leader group (Carson Rockett, Camden Yumori, Jessica Dennis, and Ben Markowitz round out the group), I was excited for Spring II to start. Prior to the trip, most of our duties revolved around preparing for the actual class with our professors ( Jeannete Song 3 and Dan Vermeer 4 ), and enlisting companies to host our 90+ students during our 2-week visit.

It was rewarding work to see how family, friends, and strangers came together to help us in our quest. Now, during the actual visit, our jobs focused on the logistics of moving and maintaining accountability of 90+ students not just to and from different company and cultural visits, but also 4 different cities (Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Shanghai). Looking back, GATE truly represents the best opportunity for student leadership combined with academics.

In order to better tailor the visit I designed a survey for the registered students. My fellow team leaders and I were very pleased to see we had great representation from the major career tracks ( consulting 5 , finance 6 , marketing 7 , general management 8 , and healthcare 9 ), but were actually surprised to learn that the most requested industry to visit was not electronics or energy, but the Chinese government. While we were unable to comply with this request, we were able to schedule a briefing by the U.S.

Consulate in Chengdu, along with visits to Lenovo, Tsingua University, Coca-Cola, Changan Ford, New Oriental Education Company, the NBA, Wangjiang Industrial Co., P&G, Bloomberg, SanDisk, Wells Fargo, the Panda Breeding Research Center, GSK, and the Chengdu Airport Authority.

Ultimately, what we each desired to obtain from the trip was incredibly personal, but I think it can best be encapsulated by this anonymous respondent s quote from our survey: A better understanding of China and its past, as well as its expected future.

References ^ Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) (www.fuqua.duke.edu) ^ recent PwC report (www.pwc.com) ^ Jeannete Song (www.fuqua.duke.edu) ^ Dan Vermeer (www.fuqua.duke.edu) ^ consulting (fuquaconsulting.com) ^ finance (www.fuqua.duke.edu) ^ marketing (www.fuqua.duke.edu) ^ general management (fuqua.campusgroups.com) ^ healthcare (www.fuqua.duke.edu)

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Cold War Gamer: Review

This is a MOD operated web site and does what it says on the tin pretty much. It lists every unit that has been part of the British Army since 1945. These are accessed through selecting the Arm of Service, you can then select from a list of unit titles and access data on the units operational, organisational and geographic deployment history.

So simply put between dates Unit X was part of Y Brigade and based in VWX it deployed between dates to A,B, C operations. The format can make generating brigade orbats a bit laborious although Brigade Name and Unit Title will return hits from google. It also helps if you understand what units were active in your period of interest, so you are not having to look at them all, as given the number of amalgamations and title changes since the end of the War there are a lot of units listed.

It took me about an hour to check the Cold War Infantry Battalions to generate a list of the units in 19 Brigade, from an Infantry perspective. The data for RA units and RE units is less well defined against formations but home stations and operational deployments are quite well covered. To some extent the problem is more difficult here as single batteries , squadrons and regiments might have a variety of relationships with different formations having: administrative relationships current operational relationships wartime roles.

As well as generating lists of what units were in what formations at what times it’s also handy for checking data and in that respect it’s easier to consume so if you believe that x unit was in y formation at date its relatively easy to check if the data is there. I have assumed that as it’s published by the MOD it has a degree of accuracy that other resources may lack, the assumption being it’s generated from their own records. As I have found their can be a level of ambiguity between planned and actual deployments so as ever the source data is important in this respect.

Whilst not that user friendly due to the structure of the data and the fact that you can only view it from one perspective it is never the less an extremely valuable web resource for any one interested in the post war history of the British Army and provides a time efficient route to validating and generating data compared to what was available previously.

Equally once you know what units were where or serving in what formation it becomes a lot easier to track down what the unit and formations were up to through a variety of regimentaly focused resources: Regimental Museums Regimental Magazines Regimental History Web sites Regimental association web sites Regimental facebook pages all of which contain a remarkable amount of information although sometimes a degree of persistence is required to get to the bottom of a problem.

References: British Army Units Since 1945 The Coaster Company – Great for Cap Badge Immmages for the British Army Staffords Regimental History Staffords Regimental Museum 4/7 RTR Regimental History 1 2 3 4 5 References ^ British Army Units Since 1945 (british-army-units1945on.co.uk) ^ The Coaster Company (www.coaster.co.uk) ^ Staffords Regimental History (coldwargamer.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Staffords Regimental Museum (coldwargamer.blogspot.co.uk) ^ 4/7 RTR Regimental History (4and7royaltankregiment.com)

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