Master Sgt. Jim Horne, ROTC instructor, recently attended a conference in Reno, Nev., where the ROTC program was authorized to receive several scholarships. The scholarship includes fully-paid tuition and $1,200 allotted for books.
In order to receive this scholarship a student must maintain a 2.0 accumulative grade point average, take three semesters of ROTC and pass a physical test.
“The program offers several opportunities for students, we have 29 enrolled at the present time and hope to have 50 by next year,” Horne said.
The group participates in many events on and off campus. The latest ROTC event took place last weekend. They left Saturday, Nov. 10 around 7 a.m. for the Pine Bluff arsenal for the Field Training Exercise.
The day started with the Land Navigation Course, and then students moved onto the Field Leaders Reaction Course.
“This is the most interesting event because you really have to use your head. You have one team that’s primary goal is to maneuver a box to an area with water in-between, and they are given a rope and maybe two other tools to work with to accomplish the task,” Horne said.
In this particular event, students received grades on how their plan was developed, teamwork, strategy adaptability, why and how many times they changed strategy and the success of the plan.
The Night Land Navigation Course followed that event, as well as the Recon Ambush, in which a team demonstrates a plan to attack (using paint ball guns) another team in an unknown location. Finally, the last event required taking on a bunker.
“This is having to attack the enemy who is hidden in a bunker, similar to pillboxes,” Horne said.
The ROTC class also participated in an event in mid-October. Nine University of Arkansas at Monticello ROTC students combined with nine University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students traveled to Camp Robinson to compete in the Ranger Challenge State Competition Oct. 19-20.
With only nine students competing out of 19, the team finished fourth place out of eight teams.
“It was a learning experience; we know now to train all year long, but considering we only trained for one month prior to the competition and with our team being a small one, I think we did exceptionally well,” Horne said.
Fayetteville, one of the largest teams, took first place. The competition dealt heavily with physical fitness.
“It takes a lot of practice and preparation, but we did really good for our first time,” ROTC student Hunter Gillum said.
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ŠThe Voice 2007
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