The University of Southern Mississippi Army ROTC battalion will
put its training to the test with cadets from six other universities
April 1-4 during the field training exercise (FTX) "Viking
Pines" at Camp Shelby.
About 180 cadets
will train in land navigation, small-unit tactics, field-craft and
a leadership obstacle course.
The event prepares
cadets for advanced leadership training this summer. Southern Miss
will participate with cadets from the University of West Florida,
Marion Military Institute, University of South Alabama, Jackson
State University, Mississippi State University and Alcorn State
Pines is the major field training exercise each year for our cadets,"
said Maj. Gregory Hargett, an assistant professor in the Department
of Military Science. "It is the annual opportunity for Southern
Miss Army ROTC cadets to interact with cadets from four other colleges
and universities at the same military science level, in a field
setting. This is the prime opportunity for them to display their
talents and skills."
Army ROTC is
an elective curriculum taken along with a student's required college
classes. After successfully completing Army ROTC, students are commissioned
as officers in the active Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve.
Being an officer
in the U.S. Army means being a leader, a counselor, a strategist
and a motivator, Hargett said. "It's similar to being a vital
manager in a corporation."
other soldiers in all situations and adjust in the environments
that are always changing. Officers are problem-solvers, key influencers
and planners, Hargett said. "They are driven to achieve success
with their team on every mission. Army ROTC prepares students to
assume these responsibilities," he said.
is the last stop on the cadet's preparation for his or her summer
training, said Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty, chair of the Department
of Military Science at Southern Miss.
the ante by putting cadets in an unfamiliar environment in which
they are training alongside cadets from other ROTC programs and
are being evaluated by cadre from other programs. It takes them
out of their (Southern Miss) comfort zone," Dougherty said.
This FTX is
a major part of the cadet's preparation for the Leadership Development
Advanced Camp (LDAC) held each summer at Fort Lewis, Wash. Cadets
typically attend LDAC between their junior and senior years.
from all seven schools will assist the cadre as primary planners
and trainers for FTX Viking Pines. Most of the cadets undergoing
this training are juniors.
Army ROTC program commissions approximately 20 second lieutenants
each year, making it the most productive ROTC program in the state.
For additional information, please contact Dougherty at 266-4456
or Hargett at 266-4460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit the Southern Miss Army ROTC Web site at http://www.usm.edu/armyrotc/.