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Story by Courtney Huhta, CST Public Affairs Office
Master Sgt. Briana Kozain is the first Cadre member from U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC) to earn the Master Army Instructor Badge (MAIB). The Boston University Army ROTC instructor earned her badge on May 13, 2022.
Kozain earned her Basic, Senior, and now Master Instructor Badge during her time with USACC – an achievement few will complete in a single assignment. Since 2017, there have been 1,011 Basic badges and 49 Senior badges issued. Instructor badges for Army ROTC are awarded to Soldiers who complete over 480 hours of Military Science Instruction to Cadets and redesign a lesson for employment in the Cadet Command Curriculum.
“I knew that coming into USACC I would be able to meet the timeframe in order to get it,” said Kozain. “I had no idea that I was the first one to ever get it.”
Tom Burgess, Commandant of the School of Cadet Command, was part of the board in evaluating Kozain on her requirements to earn the badge.
“It will be very rare that we see these in Cadet Command because they take roughly three and a half years to earn,” said Burgess.
In addition to earning her own MAIB, Kozain has inspired colleagues at Boston University to follow in her footsteps, including helping to submit their instructor badge packets.
“She has been instrumental at helping other people at her organization pursue their badges,” said Burgess. “She is not only doing it for herself, she is the big booster for other Cadre at her program to get their badges achieved.”
Having mastered the roles of a leader and instructor, Kozain wants to help others achieve their goals through self-discipline.
Kozain wraps up her USACC career with the badge and will report to Fort Carson, Colo. to begin a new Army adventure.
“If you have a goal, don’t let anything get in your way in what you want to accomplish,” she said.
About Army ROTC
Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. Through classes and field training, Army ROTC provides you with the tools to become an Army Officer without interfering with your other classes. ROTC also provides you with discipline and money for tuition while enhancing your college experience.
Army ROTC offers pathways to becoming an Army Officer for high school students, current active duty Soldiers, and for current National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers through the Simultaneous Membership Program.
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