KATUSA wins Paik, Sun Yup with determination, motivation
February 20, 2008
Every KATUSA Soldier becomes a non-commissioned officer after one year of military service in the Army. Some know what an NCO is supposed to do, and that an NCO is responsible for the relationship between junior enlisted and senior enlisted Soldiers. Therefore, after one becomes a corporal, he takes the responsibility for taking care of young Soldiers.
Cpl. Jung, Jae Suk, S-3, Division Special Troops Battalion, participated in and won the Paik, Sun Yup board for the first quarter of 2008. He was one of four 2ID KATUSA Soldiers who won the award.
To compete for the division-level Paik, Sun Yup award, the Soldier must hold the rank of corporal or above, earn 90 points or higher in all parts of the Army Physical Fitness Test and be an expert marksman shooter.
Jung prepared two months to meet the requirements. Raising his PT score was especially challenging. "The reason I committed to the board was because I wanted to have more respect from others after I became an NCO," said Jung. "I wanted to give the best shot if I could have a chance to succeed in the board. When my NCOIC, Sgt. 1st Class Roger Matthews, and my colleague Staff Sgt. Jimmy Punzo suggested I go to the board, I took the chance and was determined to be an outstanding Soldier competing against others."
The Paik, Sun Yup board covers the Korean War, Korean history, Gen. Paik and current issues regarding north Korea. Regulations are also covered.
Jung's self confidence and a positive manner were keys to winning the board.
"Whenever I felt weak and exhausted, I kept trying to talk to myself, saying, 'I can do it,'" said Jung.
As he gained more knowledge from the board, he became more open-minded and energetic.
He even learned how important it is to aim for the best as a Soldier. Even if the award means little for the Army, he gave tremendous influence to his colleagues and others. He earned respect for his excellence in knowledge and got a firm pat on the back.
"Motivation is an excellent opportunity to make Soldiers a better person overall," said Jung. "In Korea, there is just one chance to serve my country in my lifetime. The challenge never comes back if you are not trying to grab it in the first place. Once you decide to do it, you will achieve morals and confidence for your remaining military service, or after the Army."