ETSU predicts bright future for ROTC
Published: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Updated: Sunday, February 23, 2014 21:02
The ETSU ROTC program was threatened with termination in the fall when the U.S. Army announced that it would be one of 13 ROTC programs across the nation to be closed; however, the Army later altered its decision and granted the 13 programs a two-year extension.
“The future for ETSU ROTC program is bright and prosperous,” said Second Lt. DelChrisha Young, the current Gold Bar recruiter for the program.
“The more our program grows in numbers, we will continue to produce great Army officers.”
The Army ROTC program trains and develops students to be officers and future leaders in the Army.
Angela Haire, executive aide in the Department of Military Science, said there are 147 students involved in the program.
Several resources are available for students who are interested in learning more about ROTC at ETSU.
“We have various scholarships ranging from four-year national scholarships given out by the Army to high school students, two- or three-year scholarships that you obtain while in college based on your academic and physical performance, Green to Gold scholarships where an enlisted soldiers transfers to the officer side by doing an ROTC program and getting their degree, simultaneous membership program with the reserves or national guard, and the nursing scholarship for individuals wanting to pursue that career specifically in the Army,” Young said.
Joining the Army after graduation is not necessarily a requirement of being involved in ROTC.
“Students are able to take our classes with no obligation,” Young said. “However, if you contract with our program, yes, you will have to join the Army after your four or two years of school are complete.”
Interested students can learn more about the ROTC program at ETSU by visiting the program’s website at www.rotc.etsu.edu.
“[You] can also stop by Brooks Gym Room 202 between the hours of 8-4 or send us an email at ETSUROTC@mail.etsu.edu to discuss future options with our program,” Young said.
Several upcoming events are in store for members of the ROTC program.
“The program is sending multiple teams to different events this semester such as the Small Arms Championships, Pershing Rifles NATCON Competition, Xavier Best Ranger Competition, Bataan Death March, and Mountain Man Competition,” Young said. “We look forward to performing well and bringing home some trophies.”
According to Young, in the midst of the preparation for these events, the program continues to demonstrate service to the ETSU community.
“In the past, every male had to participate in at least two years of ROTC; that instilled a great base of discipline and service to the university,” Young said. “The ROTC program still exhibits that same discipline and service as we continue to volunteer and give a helping hand to anyone who is in need.”