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El Dorado Hills, CA, February 7, 2012 -- New this month is The Ultimate ROTC Guidebook by David Atkinson, a book that offers tips on how to excel in ROTC.

The Ultimate ROTC Guidebook
by David Atkinson (Savas Beatie, 2012)

When Atkinson joined ROTC, he had no idea what to expect. There is a lot of information on how to join ROTC, but less about how to succeed in it.

“I had almost no knowledge whatsoever; not only about ROTC, but about the Army in general when I joined,” said Atkinson. “My preparation was based entirely off of my experience from the military science class I took freshman year of college. I learned everything else as it came up. Now I want to provide cadets with a resource that would have benefited me. I took my experiences and lessons learned and put them in a format that is easy to understand, practical and applicable so others can benefit from the same mistakes I made.”

Cadets come from all walks of life, including students from high school beginning their first year of college, veterans who want to get an education and return to the military as officers, and enlisted personnel who are taking advantage of receiving a free education as they work to transform from an enlisted soldier to an Army officer. The expectations, learning curve, requirements, and tasks in cadet life will be new or will be conducted in a manner never experienced.

The Ultimate ROTC Guidebook teaches, step by step, how to do the same thing Atkinson did—and much more. This book will provide information on what to expect and will give specific and practical tips on how to excel at every level of training. There are already documents that explain how to wear a uniform correctly and what awards are available, but only this guide will tell how to complete a mission above the standard, explain how to reach a peak fitness level, and how to improve a battalion as a whole.

Atkinson is ready to get his book into the hands of any and all enlisted ROTC members to help them prepare for training. The Ultimate ROTC Guidebook shortens the learning curve and will help cadets perform better than they believed possible.

About the Author: David Atkinson is an active duty Medical Service Corps 2LT with the 3rd of the 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC. He is a 2010 Distinguished Military Graduate from Truman State University (bachelor of science degree, Magna Cum Laude) and was certified as a Health Fitness Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). While in ROTC, 2LT Atkinson ranked 80th out of more than 5,300 cadets nationwide and earned several awards including Cadet Battalion Commander (highest cadet rank) and the Superior Cadet Decoration Award (the highest award given in each battalion). He also finished in the top 20% of his Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) class (the highest category in performance summary), and is Airborne qualified. This is his first book.

The Ultimate ROTC Guidebook

By David Atkinson
List: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-611210-96-5
Published January 2012 by Savas Beatie LLC

Available at bookstores nationwide and online.

For more information, visit the book's webpage.

About Savas Beatie LLC:

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