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Summer 2018 Wofford Today
Capt. Moore

Wofford in the military: Capt. Detrick Moore '11

Climbing the ranks

Capt. Detrick “Dee” Moore ’11 was convinced when his JROTC leader said an ROTC scholarship meant free college, monthly stipends and a guaranteed job after graduation.

Vance Jones ’99, his principal at Newberry (S.C.) High School, took it from there and brought Moore to Wofford for a tour. Moore has done the rest.

A double major in chemistry and economics, Moore was commissioned in the chemical branch upon graduation and attended the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He’s moved through the ranks and is now stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, on assignment to the Second Theater Strategic Signal Brigade. 

“In the ROTC program, I got my first chance to really understand leadership,” says Moore. He watched, listened, learned, read and adapted his own leadership style. “I now understand the big picture and want to be a leader that leads by example while creating a culture of adaptive learning and holding all accountable.”

Moore plans to continue his career in the military and maybe start his own business after retirement. He feels his Wofford education has served him well and will continue to do so. 

“A large portion of an officer’s job in the U.S. Army is to brief higher officers on situation reports and current status. It is expected on day one for an officer to verbally communicate well and efficiently,” says Moore. “My Wofford experience played a role into my development as an effective communicator. The rigorous course load at Wofford challenges the best and the brightest. My critical thinking and problem-solving skills were cultivated long before I swore an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America; these skills were honed in the small glass cubicles of Milliken Science Building and the third floor of the Sandor Teszler Library.”