Ronald Louque is a recruiter in the Army who has earned an Associate’s degree of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from CSU, is working towards his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and has plans to begin a master’s degree program as soon as his bachelor’s is complete. He is a member of the CSU Alumni Association and the National Society of Leadership and Success, where he earned the National Engaged Leader Award.
Ronald spent the past 12 years of his military career at Ft. Benning near Columbus, Georgia. Ft. Benning became home to Ronald and his family and he took a great interest in serving the community. He volunteered with the Valley Rescue Mission, Habitiat for Humanity, and area schools.
Ronald says that being an Army recruiter involves a lot of community involvement but his service was completely volunteer and not directed by his command.
“You want to build a good relationship with your community and have people trust and open up to you. For me, that went beyond my day-to-day job and outside of the box. I wanted to engender trust.”
Ronald noted that not everyone always has the best opinion of the Army and the reputation of its people, which is why he wanted to do his part in changing that by serving his community.
“Community service is my way of showing good face and hopefully giving people a good feeling about the army, to change the reputation it sometimes has.”
Ronald completed four different units at Ft. Benning, deploying for Iraq and Afghanistan four times and then becoming a recruiter.
He says being a recruiter has been very good for transitioning into the civilian world. He enjoys interacting with business leaders, teachers and the community as a whole, finding new ways to volunteer.
“My job in the army before was kicking in doors and shooting weapons—that was my forte. I didn’t really have the opportunity to interact with others like I do now.”
He and his family recently moved to Woodbury, New Jersey where he will serve as the center leader for a recruiting office.
“It’s a different atmosphere in New Jersey; it’ll be difficult adjusting to life here but my arms are wide open. I know it takes time for people to trust you, to show schools and other places that you aren’t just there to build your numbers.”
He plans to serve his community and “continue the positive motion” he began in Georgia.
“Trust takes being present and being visible,” he says. “People aren’t going to trust you if they don’t see you and see your work ethic.”