“The Real World of Soldiering”

Army Reserve Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Urquia stands - Army Strong

Army Reserve Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Urquia stands - Army Strong


“I strongly believe your main task is a Soldier first and MOS is second,
knowing this you will keep yourselves fit and ready for battle.”

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Urquia
Army Reserve Careers Division Best Warrior

Many people believe that recruiters and career counselors are removed from the “Real World of Soldiering”.  But the truth be told, Army Reserve Career Counselors (ARCC) are just like you.  They come from all walks of life, and have held a multiple positions and specialties in the military.  They too deploy and have their home life stretched and sometimes broken based on their decision to be an American Soldier.     

They also compete along with the fellow Soldiers to hone their Soldiering skills in competitions in  such as the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.

One such Soldier is Army Reserve Career Counselor, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Urquia.  Sgt. 1st Class Urquia, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, Army Reserves Careers Division (ARCD) has 10 years of service, six as a Active Guard Reserve (AGR).  His military occupation specialty before becoming an ARCC  was 92F, Unit Supply Specialist . 

Army Reserve Soldiers compete during the obstacle course during the 11 Aviation Best Warrior Competition

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Sgt. 1st Class Urquia competed and won the Army Reserve Careers Division Best Warrior Competition held in conjunction with the 11th Aviation Command Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 

During the competition, Sgt. 1st Class Urquia was interviewed by MSG Debbie Maldonado. 

 Why did you choose to compete in this competition?

“As a Soldier, it is your duty to serve train and compete!!  When you compete, you become a better Soldier because you learn from other Soldiers.”

What was toughest about today’s event?

“The land navigation was the toughest part of the competition.  The terrain is very dense and high hills, it was raining and very dark.”

What would you do differently?

“Prepare a little earlier to be ready to compete “

What did you learn about yourself and being a Soldier from today competition?

“I learned my strength and weaknesses physically and mentally.”

How does your service in the Army Reserve make you Army Strong?

“My strength comes from God, when you have a strong spiritual life, you become an Army Strong Soldier and you become a happy Soldier to serve in the Army Reserves.”

How did your job as an Army Reserve Career Counselor help you in this competition?

“My administrative knowledge helped me in the board.”

To review Sgt. 1st Class Urquia bio and additional photos click on his name, to review the combative competition slide show click here 


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