Tech AROTC gears up for Fort Knox

February 18, 2009

by Kathleen Duncan

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corp will attend its annual four-week Leader’s Training Camp this summer at Fort Knox, Ky., and applications are being accepted now.

Captain Simon Flake, the scholarship enrollment officer for the AROTC at Grambling State and Tech, said students not participating in the ROTC program on campus can still participate in the LTC program.

“The Leader’s Training Camp looks great on a résumé even if a student is not an AROTC cadet,” Flake said.

“The program puts students in a fast paced training course army-style, meaning they live in the barracks, take part in training classes, physical training and drill.”

Flake said when students leave the program they are ready for almost anything.

He also said students involved in the program who are not involved in ROTC will qualify for a $5,000 sign-on bonus if they choose to join the ROTC program.

“If a student wanted to attend LTC they would come to the ROTC offices and say, ‘I want to attend LTC,’ and upon completion of the program, students have the opportunity to continue in the Army ROTC program, but it is not required,” Flake said.

He also said if a student does wish to continue in the ROTC program, they will participate in higher level classes.

“[Students] who choose to participate in the LTC program and sign-on in ROTC also begin classes at a high level because they have gone through the intensive program which teaches an entire semester’s worth of classes in four weeks,” Flake said.

“Basically, they start where someone who has been in the program for two years will be.”

Anthony Whaley, a junior biology major, said he had a good experience with the program.

“I attended LTC this past summer mainly for the experience,” Whaley said.

“My father is in the military and my brother is in ROTC so I wanted to experience that.”

Whaley also said he did not feel an obligation to join ROTC but did so because of the experience he had.

“I really enjoyed the program because it taught me a lot about what I would be doing in the ROTC program,” he said.

He also said the program was intense but fun.

“Some parts are intense because we only had a limited amount of time to learn everything, but it’s really exciting because [the instructors] had us rappelling and shooting,” Whaley said.

“We also had classes in things like land navigation where you learn how to use different kinds of maps, a compass and teamwork and team building courses.”

Whaley also said he would recommend the program to anyone interested in ROTC because of the experience he had.

“I wasn’t in ROTC before I went to the program and it was a good experience,” he said.

“Anyone who goes isn’t forced to join the Army, so if you don’t have the experience you are looking for, you don’t have to join.”