An abundance of medal-clad students halted in formation, arranged in a platoon at the far side of the gym littered with desks. Standing at attention, the group radiated a sense of unity, a demand for respect. Amid all the misconceptions revolving around ROTC, the program doesn’t falter under a scrutinizing eye.
Since freshman year, the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program has been an invisible hand of guidance that strived to bring out the best in me. This longstanding program has an impact on me in ways so innovative, it is impossible to find another program filled with diverse exhibitions of life lessons, discipline, and teamwork. JROTC has given me a lifelong readiness to combat the harsh realities of the real world that exist, which in return has helped me better myself and my community in contributions to being a citizen in the United States of America.
The Army ROTC will influence my life in many ways. The specific skills receive in Army ROTC will include leadership development, military skills and adventure training. With my leadership skill that lease by an example or , I will become a leader who reacts to a situation
For the past 100 years, it has been Junior ROTC’s mission to form leaders with remarkable citizenship, discipline, and responsibility skills. From the program’s beginning in 1819 to the teaching of it in over 1,460 high schools worldwide in 2015, Junior ROTC has changed very little.
I would like to be a part of the WSU Army ROTC program because I have a lot of potential to offer and I want to develop into a full fledged Army officer. The military path is something I have always wanted to pursue since junior year of high school. The influence of growing up in a Navy family helped shaped my decision to enlist in the Army National Guard. I was fortunate enough to be advanced from PV2 to PFC at the end of BCT on November 2016. During Initial Entry Training I realized that my goals and beliefs were aligned with beliefs such as the Army Values and LDRSHIP principles. After learning about the Army values and LDRSHIP principles, I integrated these beliefs into my everyday life as a soldier and a working student.
I investigated how cadets’ communication evolved while they were in JROTC and how they used word of mouth to achieve the program’s goals. Colonel Spry mentions that cadets’ discussions when they first start out in the program are not very serious in nature, but as they grow and move up in the program they begin to mature and have thoughtful discussions on how to solve a problem and what kind of plan it would take to resolve it.
Being both active on the college campus and in the community, ROTC can help fill the civilian-military gap through the education of the civilian population. Public knowledge needs to be increased through positive experiences between the civilian populace and the military. Being a programed designed for the commissioning of officers, ROTC trains civilian students as military officers equipped with the knowledge to train future soldiers on civil-military relations. Being such an important bridge between the civilian and military world, this paper will cover the first introduction of military training on the college campus through the Morrill Act. Despite this Act being enacted before the official gathering of ROTC, the military training it
As you sit in the elevator hearing your fellow classmates complain about how tired they are after their 8 A.M.’s you sit there and think, “I’ve already been up for 3 hours and done a full workout” (CDT Jones). You have chosen the lifestyle of the uncommon man. You get up every morning at 0500 to get yourself ready for the day ahead of you. That means you are up and ready for your morning PT (Physical Training) before anyone else on your campus is awake. The path you choose is one of success and one that will have a great impact on your life. You are a cadet in the best military in the world. You are in Army ROTC. Army ROTC is the Reserve Officer Training Core for the United States Army. The focus of Army ROTC is to teach and instill the Army Values on the Officers of tomorrow while providing them with an education that will benefit them through their entire life. I have conducted an interview of three cadets of the University of Dayton’s Army ROTC program to try and better explain what Army ROTC is. They all elected to keep their anonymity so for the purposes of this profile I will give these cadets the names “CDT Smith” “CDT Doe” and “CDT Jones”.
For me, the video of Simon Sinek speaking on developing trust and fulfillment hit very close to home, as I must employ some of his techniques when working with new AFROTC cadets. Typically, these cadets are motivated, but lack the knowledge of how to operate efficiently in a military environment; which is to be expected. Given that most new cadets require a great deal of time and energy to teach the basic skills required to succeed in the AFROTC program, when they do begin to excel, I am rewarded with a sense of fulfillment, pride, and espirit de corps. Truly, as Sinek said, “Fulfillment comes from doing good for others” and perhaps the greatest fulfillment of AFRROTC is the ability to physically interact with and positively influence a wide variety of students from nearly every walk of life. Sinek, in his presentation warns his audience that this type of interaction is essential to obtain a sense of fulfillment, and to be mindful of distractions, such as the internet or social networking, which can replace these genuine interactions.
ROTC has proven to beneficial Ngaruiya, Velez, Clerkin, & Taylor, (2014) states “we also find that for ROTC cadets, the institutional motivators for enlistment correlate positively with the rational, normative, and affective dimensions of PSM” ROTC have always been the stick in schools regarding awareness of the
“I can’t do this anymore!” exclaimed one of my cadets back in JROTC. “I have tried so many times to do my left and right faces, but I never can them right; I give up.” Come on Cadet Johnson you can do it, cheered his squad, you can do it! Woo-rah! The squad cheered and screamed. JROTC is a high school military program that uses encouragement and community to raise young leaders. Sometimes when you are trying to do something and you can’t and you just want to give up, a little support of some sort will go a long way. That support helps you to succeed, at what you once thought you never could do. Sometimes to be motivated you need words of encouragement, others to have faith in you, a sense of accomplishment and a desire to succeed in life.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, has been an interesting experience for me so far. This is my first semester being in cadet status as a simultaneous membership program (SMP) cadet and I am currently a military science (MS) two student. I am assigned to the 132nd Brigade Support Battalion Company E (FSC) (173) in the Wisconsin National Guard and before this, I was in the Army Reserves for about four years as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (91B). I achieved the rank of specialist (E-4), and the funny thing is that a couple of months before I contracted to become a cadet, my unit was wanting me to attend Warrior Leadership Course (WLC) to become a sergeant (E-5), but since I knew that my desired career path is to become a commissioned officer, a noncommissioned officer slot wasn’t right for me since I would be a
In JROTC there are many topics to learn as a cadet. A cadet must memorize the cadet creed and be dedicated to the program. As a cadet I learned a lot of topics in JROTC during my freshman year. In the JROTC I learned the basic rules on how to be a good cadet and the Cadet Staff’s Responsibilities. During freshman year in JROTC we learned a lot about leadership and how it will affect us in the future. Leadership was a big topic that we learned during ROTC, the 11 principles of leadership was also an important topic we covered, it thought us how to become leaders. In the future everything I learned in JROTC will make me more independent, reliable, and a helpful person.
It is evident Chris is attempting to make this personal, I will not join him in this fight, I am only stating the facts and think it’s silly to have to keep going back on forth on what is now frivolous, however I will defend myself against these and any personal attacks.