ROTC gets tested at camp

It’s an exciting time for GSU’s ROTC.  Results have been received from a camp that was attended during the summer.  

The camp happens annually.  It includes cadets from all 235 programs on the same MS level.  Eleven cadets from Grambling attended a rigorous camp that helped determine what part of the service that they will fall in.

This is the first time that a tougher set of requirements had to be met.  They had to maintain a good GPA as well as take several test.  The cadets excelled.  

When asked about their camp experience a plethora of answers were given.  

“Camp was very eye opening.  It was a very humbling experience,” said Spencer Robinson. 

“My camp experience was very fun.  I enjoyed the people and experience of being able to meet others and to interact with different cultures,” said Jonathan Jenkins. 

“More than anything it was mentally challenging,” said Kimberly Spikes.  

“It was a unique experience,” said Ceantel Young.  

“My battalion prepared me very well to be adaptable to the attitudes of others at camp and learn how to be a problem solver,” said Michael Meyers, Jr.

There were also networking opportunities. 

“The training was beneficial but the networking was better,” Ross Adelsperger said. “You learn who to mirror and who not to mirror..”  

Two of the cadets also had an opportunity to participate in Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLC). 

The program places a cadet in a unit so that they can see how things work. Adelsperger was placed in a unit in Alaska, and Meyers was placed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.  

One of the cadets, David West, had experience prior to the camp. 

“I left active duty to participate in ROTC so that I could finish my degree and commission as an officer,” West said.

“I was surprised at camp. The cadets performed very well considering that they had no experience in active duty.”

The camp taught a lot to the cadets.  It helped develop leadership skills and it also helped them learn how to work well with each other.  

“I learned how to lead and control attitude and work with other soldiers,” Preston Brown said. 

Megan Stigall agreed. “I learned how to be in a leadership position and conduct myself well with others..” 

Five received Active Duty.  Three received National Guard. One received Reserve. They will find out what branch they will be apart of later on this month.