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Rhodes ROTC Group

People with different ambitions, passions and skills are the foundation of our military. If everyone in the service was a hardcharger, it wouldn’t be an efficient organization. We are a testament to this. While we have varied interests, the desire to serve our country while still being able to attend college full time inspired each of us to become part of the ROTC program at Rhodes. The program is in conjunction with the University of Memphis, and requires students to be at physical training on the U of M campus three days a week and take military science classes two days a week. There are also numerous weekend training events and other work outside the classroom. The ROTC program is challenging, but it’s an incredible experience and a lot of fun. We’re grateful every day to have the chance to participate in it, even if we do have to wake up at 5 a.m.

Tiane Leonard ’07

By the time you read this I will be a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. As an officer, I need to understand diplomacy and foreign relations. My major in international studies has prepared me for this by teaching me about the world and the importance of understanding other cultures as part of an entire global system. This past summer, I was able to go to Germany and see what it would be like to be an Army officer. I was stationed with a medical service corps unit that shipped medical supplies to Iraq and Afghanistan. It was an amazing, eye-opening experience.

John Hurd ’08

Students involved in the ROTC program go down to the Willows in Tunica, Mississippi, to help run a charity shooting event each year. It is always a good time and the people really appreciate us. When we have down time, the cadre (commanders of the battalions) allow us to shoot skeet and have some fun. I’ve made lifelong friends through the ROTC program, have met many contacts for the future and gained invaluable experience. I will be going into the Army Reserve and hope to go into the JAG Corps, practicing law after I pass the bar exam.

Luke Koehler ’09

I love the military and I love training. Continuing my family’s history of military service and having the opportunity to go to airborne school during the summer has been wonderful. I have gained leadership experience and surrounded myself with a group of people who will never let me down. I enjoy being a part of something bigger than myself and know that being involved in the military means I’ve made a contribution to protecting the freedoms we have in this country.

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