October 2, 2020

Duncan Balancing Soccer, Academics and Military Commitment in Sophomore Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brittany Duncan, a sophomore on the Ohio State women’s soccer team, has benefitted from her time on a different team in the last 11 months. A native of Cincinnati, Duncan committed to the Ohio State Army ROTC program last November after initially deciding she wanted to be part of the military her junior year of high school.

Duncan, whose three older brothers: Nick, Chris and Matt, all are in the military, wanted to join because of the values the military has instilled in her siblings.

“They are my role models and as a result, I typically follow in their footsteps because I find the same success and happiness in the same things as them,” Duncan said. “I have always been a part of a team, and joining the military is an opportunity for me to be a part of something bigger where the goal isn’t just winning a game. Most importantly, during freshman year of high school, I made a promise to myself and to a friend that I would show anyone they were worth fighting for no matter the sacrifice and this helps me do that.”

However, her ROTC schedule has proven to be a challenge this fall, bumping up against her soccer training on Tuesday mornings.

“Every Tuesday, I wake up and go to Milsci Lab, where we conduct different scenarios and Army training such as patrolling and individual movement techniques,” Duncan said. “The training goes for roughly two hours, finishing a bit before 9 a.m., so I have to immediately head to training in full uniform.”

It makes for a hectic morning for the midfielder who earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors in her first season as a Buckeye. But it’s all worth it for Duncan, who battled injuries to play in 10 matches as a freshman last year.

“For my life on the field and in general, ROTC has helped me become a better leader,” Duncan added. “It has built a sense of purpose and determination in everything I do.”