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Interview with William Hunter Bradford, October 9, 2020

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:28 - Early Life/Joining the National Guard

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Partial Transcript: Tell us...

Segment Synopsis: Hunter Bradford, born in Fort Collins, Colorado talks about growing up with a passion for the outdoors. Bradford explains that both of his parents are UGA graduates, which influenced his decision to attend UGA and join the Georgia National Guard.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; Engineering; Expenses; Service Cancelable Loan Scholarship

00:09:33 - Training Pt. 1

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Segment Synopsis: Bradford explains participating in Drill at UGA and Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. He describes doing well on his physical fitness test and graduating top of class in training.

Keywords: 12 Whiskey; AIT (Advanced Individual Training); Gulf Port, Mississippi

00:18:37 - Training Pt. 2

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Segment Synopsis: Bradford shares his experience at AIT (Advanced Individual Training) in Gulf Port, Mississippi as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist. He discusses his unit's tasks, which mainly included building, constructing and demolishing training stations.

Keywords: Air Force; Army; Drill Sergeants; Joint Operations Base; Navy Seabees

00:25:05 - RSP and ROTC

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Segment Synopsis: Bradford describes going to RSP (Recruit Sustainment Program) and being handed off to 863rd, an engineering detachment, in Toccoa, Georgia. He recalls later enrolling in the ROTC program at UGA and attempting to contract multiple times, which continued to be unsuccessful.

Keywords: Administration; Battle Hand-off; E-2; Rank

00:36:14 - Current and Future Status

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Segment Synopsis: Bradford explains that he is currently a sophomore at UGA studying Mechanical Engineering. He discusses being transferred from 863rd to 874th detachment and drilling in locations such as Fort Steward, Fort Gordon, and Toccoa, Georgia. He offers a final statement, comparing the way the military is portrayed in media and how it actually is.

Keywords: Bureaucracy; Commitment; Construction Management; Internship; Manager; Self-Employed; Travel