Col. Kevin Milton, the Army ROTC professor of military science, at right, administers the oath of office to Joseph Cowen ‘17, one of 69 Virginia Tech Army ROTC cadets who commissioned as second lieutenants this academic year.
Army ROTC News Cadet Reflection: Military Science I By Jacob Decker ’20 Joining the Army ROTC program here at Virginia Tech is one of the best decisions I have made so far. I have just completed my first year as a cadet in this program, and I have already learned a lot. Over only two semesters, I have learned about different tactics and movements, from a fire team of four soldiers to an entire platoon of 40. I have learned things like ambushes to patrols, as well as land navigation with just a compass, a map, and some grid coordinates. Each semester, we have a three-day field training exercise in which we apply the skills learned in class and essentially tactically camp out in the middle of the woods. The training here has been phenomenal, and I know it will only get better. To top it off, this summer, I am traveling to Peru to participate in Army ROTC’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program!
Cadet Reflection: Military Science II By Liana Sinnott ’19 Army ROTC has been one of the best experiences I have had at Virginia Tech. The cadre staff truly care about the leadership development and growth of the cadets going through this program. While it is not easy, it is a challenge that is truly rewarding in the end. There may be times where you fail or
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times where you think you can’t handle it, but this program was meant to test you and help you become a stronger leader. The New River Battalion has numerous opportunities for cadets. One that I enjoyed most was attending the annual Veterans Conference in Washington, D.C. I was able to hear speeches from empowering individuals such as the 28th commandant of the Marine Corps, P.X. Kelley, and numerous Medal of Honor recipients. This summer I am training with the Royal Thai Army in Thailand through CULP and then learning Chinese for the rest of the summer with Project Global Officer. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities to develop myself throughout these programs. By Michel Becker ’19 ROTC has given me great opportunities. Last semester I was a member of the battalion’s Army 10 Miler team and traveled to Washington, D.C., to run the race. Our team got fifth place for ROTC teams, and I was the second finisher for Virginia Tech. Training with the team throughout the semester brought the members close and created lasting friendships. Army ROTC has also offered me great summer opportunities. Last summer, I went to Basic Camp where I learned about army tactics, drill, and ceremony and got to interact with ROTC cadets from around the country. This summer I am traveling to Latvia
The Summer 2017 edition of the Corps Review, the alumni magazine for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.