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ROTC Complete Field Training Exercise

BOONE — Appalachian State University ROTC cadets traveled to Fort Bragg in November for a fall semester field training exercise. The training event helps prepare juniors for the ROTC Advanced Camp they will attend this summer at Fort Lewis, Wash., and introduces freshmen to aspects of the military.

Events included land navigation training and squad tactical training. Cadet Josh Tucker receives a final equipment inspection before jumping from a 34-foot jump tower. The exercise simulates jumping with a parachute from an airplane. The senior ROTC cadets organized the exercise as part of their training to become second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

About half of the 80 cadets that are currently enrolled in military science attended the training exercise. Any student can enroll in MS1002 (1 semester hour) for spring semester 2001.

ROTC spring activities include a whitewater rafting trip, military ball, spring field training exercise and a trip to an armored cavalry regiment to learn about M1A1 tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

Call Capt. Dan Smith at 262-2994 for more information about the ROTC program at Appalachian. (Photo courtesy of ROTC)