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Junior and ROTC cadet Zack Nodden grew up sporting Carolina gear and cheering for the Tar Heels, but his journey to Chapel Hill as a student took a little longer than expected.

At 17, Nodden enlisted in the Army, following in the footsteps of his father and cousins who heeded the call to service. After 10 years in the military, he enrolled at Carolina as part of the Army Green to Gold program, which provides enlisted, active-duty soldiers with an opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree and earn their commission as an officer. Nodden is pursuing a major in political science.

Video by Johnny Andrews, University Communications

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