“Whatever your all is, give it!”
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Miller is the 2014 Drill Sergeant of the Year. Competing against five of the Army’s best noncommissioned officers from across the nation, Miller proved the overall best of one of the most physically demanding and mentally tough challenges a Soldier can face. Miller proved not only is he an expert in training Soldiers, but he rose above the others to be the best of the best. Congratulations and thank you for your service, SSG Miller!
Name: Staff Sgt. Jonathan Miller
Unit: Center for Initial Military Training, Fort Eustis, Virginia
Duty title/MOS: 2014 Drill Sergeant of the Year (Active Component)/ 31B Military Police
Hometown: Warsaw, Missouri
How do you feel about your nomination? I feel honored to be nominated to represent Training and Doctrine Command. To be selected out of the abundance of great leaders TRADOC has to offer means more than words can express.
What motivated you through the TRADOC competition? My family was a huge motivator for me during the competition — my daughter was born only seven days prior to the start of our competition. I knew that she didn’t understand what I was doing yet, but I wanted her to be proud of me. My fiancé was truly helpful throughout the entire process, and I wanted to make all of her hard work in helping me prepare worthwhile.
Time at TRADOC: Two months
Time in the Army: Eight and a half years
The thing I like most about my job: The thing that I like most about my job is being able to shape the future of our Army and change the way that we train our Soldiers by providing the most recent, relevant and realistic training possible. I also appreciate the opportunity to see how the Army functions from a strategic level. It is very rare to see the Army from this perspective at this point in my career, and I am thankful for the opportunity.
Best TRADOC (or Army) memory: The 2014 Drill Sergeant and Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the year selection. It was amazing to see so many noncommissioned officers, from all over the Army, come together and build such great camaraderie. It was inspiring to see everyone help each other out. Even though it was an individual competition, we forged bonds that transcended the individual aspect and brought us together.
Why did you join the Army? I had a sense from a young age that I wanted to join, since both my mother and father were in the Army. I remember sitting in my seventh grade health class when the towers fell. I had no idea exactly what it meant at the time, but I knew I wanted to serve so that others may not have to. I wanted to continue the family tradition of serving and decided to join the Army as a military police Soldier to follow my father’s footsteps.
Greatest accomplishment/proudest moment? My proudest moment was when my daughter was born. I have never felt so happy, nervous, scared and most of all, proud in my life.
Career goals? My career goals are to become an officer through the Green to Gold active-duty option. I would like to finish my degree in sports and health sciences, begin working toward my first master’s degree in athletic training and then pursue a master’s degree in business administration. I plan to make the Army my career but plan to prepare for life after the Army. My goal after the Army is to be a personal trainer and own my own gym.
Favorite quote/motto/ piece of advice? “Whatever your all is, give it!”
What motivates you? I believe what motivates me the most is working hard to be the best at something. I have been blessed with a great team to support me as well, my family truly pushes me to be the best that I can be.