Cadet Jason Hoyle’s Story
Cadets are learning invaluable skills here at CST and one of them is how to navigate their way through the woods with only a compass, a map and a protractor, but who are these soon to be officers.
Cadet Jason Hoyle, a student at Old Dominion University from Williamsburg, Virginia, is a communications major with one goal in mind after he commissions.
“I would like to be a pilot,” said Hoyle. “I want to be in the aviation branch— fly either the Black Hawk or the Chinook.”
Hoyle’s father was in the military and that is someone who has always inspired him in his journey of becoming a commissioned officer. His desire to become a pilot for the Army was always a part of his plan, but it was at the beginning of high school where he realized ROTC was the route he wanted to take.
“I joined ROTC because I wanted to be an officer. I wanted to be a leader of men and women in the armed forces,” said Hoyle. “My father was in the military and I wanted to follow in his footsteps but I figured I’d take it to the next step and become an officer.”
Regardless of any struggles he has faced during his time as a Cadet he has kept his sight on one goal—commissioning.
“In those moments you have those negative thoughts, but in the end, I kept telling myself that I can do this,” said Hoyle. “This is only the beginning of a long path, a long journey that I can continue if I’m willing to push forward and keep going and not give up.”
So far, he has nothing but good things to say about his time at Advanced Camp and the land navigation training marks a little over half way to graduation.
“It’s been great. I have met a lot of fantastic people from around the country. Overall, I am learning and improving on things I was already taught,” said Hoyle. “Being put into a leadership role really helps me see what to expect when I do become a lieutenant.”
Everyone has different versions of success and his version of success, here at CST, is not just about him, but his entire platoon.
“For me, it’s being with my entire platoon and we’re all cheering as we are ready to go home knowing that we succeeded together, and we graduate together from CST,” said Hoyle.