MIDN 1/C Jacob Holmes
Hometown: Watertown, CT
School: Boston University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Service: Surface Warfare – Engineering Duty Officer
Written by MIDN 4/C Bab
Why did you want to join the Navy?
The tradition of service in my family must be carried on.
What has been your most meaningful Billet?
The most meaningful was definitely Mustering Petty Officer. I was essentially a CPO but for platoon commanders. It was a great way to really dive into leadership.
What has been your favorite school project you have worked on at BU?
My Capstone Project, which I am working on with MIDN Gozdur and MIDN Dwyer. We are consulting for Rolls-Royce in their manufacturing process.
What would you say are the keys to successful leadership?
Be yourself. If you aren’t authentic, your people will realize and lose respect for you. Also, remember that you’re not your sailors’ friend. Keep It professional. Finally, learn from your mistakes and don’t take professional criticism personally.
Do you have any funny ROTC mistakes?
My freshman year there was a guest speaker at lab that I was asked to take photos of. However, I was not given a camera nor was anyone informed that I would be doing it outside of the midshipman who was running the blog. I therefore pulled out my phone and proceeded to go and take pictures. Upon doing this, I was yelled at by the CPO and had to awkwardly explain myself in front of the company and unit staff.
How do you spend your free time?
I am involved in one of the fraternities at BU. I also enjoy being an amateur bodybuilder. Finally, I play videogames and even participated on the BU Hearthstone Team with reasonable success.
Any advice for MIDN outside of ROTC?
Don’t stress over exams. You either know it or you don’t.
What are you most excited for after commissioning?
I am excited to deploy to MCM 6, the USS Devastator in Bahrain.
What is your favorite song?
You Make Me Like Charity, by The Knife.
Favorite part of BU?
The top notch engineering facilities.
What has been the most rewarding part of ROTC?
Giving me structure in my moral growth.
What will be your favorite memory from ROTC?
Participating in the Levi Challenge up in Norwich University my freshman year.
What was your favorite cruise?
My first class SWO cruise. It was an invaluable learning experience.
What are you going to miss the most?
The relaxing days in college where you could sleep in until noon and not start homework until 22:00.