DSOY competitors — Staff Sgt. Goscinski


Outside the Wire will feature profiles (in alphabetical order) of the six Drill Sergeant of the Year contenders this week. The competitors, which include four active-duty soldiers and two reservists, will be evaluated as they tackle more than 50 physically and emotionally challenging events. The winners will be announced Friday.

Staff Sgt. Samantha Goscinski is Fort Jackson’s Drill Sergeant of the Year. The Seattle native enlisted in 2003.

“It’s pretty amazing that the Army holds a competition like this each year,” she said. “It builds esprit de corps within drill sergeant community, and drives us to become better.”

The military police dog handler is no stranger to competition. She was honor graduate of the Patrol Dog Handler Course and has twice won military working dog competitions.

The Afghanistan veteran said modules are her strong suit, while combatives may prove her toughest obstacle.

Goscinski has also served in South Korea and Germany.


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