Leaving home and going away to school is a big step for anyone. But for West Point’s cadets there is the added challenge of adjusting to a regimented schedule and the rigors of military life. That’s why every cadet has open access to supervision and mentorship – not just while they adjust to their new normal, but throughout their entire time at the U.S. Military Academy.
A TAC officer is a mentor. It's a room adviser. We're a counselor. We're a life counselor. We're a Army adviser. And then we're also the disciplinarians, we're the legal company commander over these cadets.
So the TAC officer's just one of those people that are stakeholders in the successes of a cadet. They refer to us as the integrator of all the pillars. There is the military, physical, education or academic, and character. So we're supposed to take all four of those pillars that they get all these other inputs from, and we're supposed to make sure that they're integrated in this one cadet.
My favorite part of being a TAC is sitting down and talking with individual cadets one-on-one. I enjoy that so much. That's like my favorite part of the day, is when I get to sit down with a cadet and just have an awesome conversation either about the Army, about branching, or just about like challenging them to think about things. And when you really push them, they enjoy it.
There are cadets that are in here all the time asking Operational Army questions. They want to hear the war stories. They want to hear you know what is operational Army like?
There are several that want to talk branches. So we're like the branch mentor because we just came from an operational unit. To some we're that kind of mother, father, like away from home. You know they're having life problems. And yet being the young adult is stressful sometimes, so I'm a safe person to talk to.