HATTIESBURG - The
University of Southern Mississippi Army ROTC battalion will conduct
Fall Eagle Strike FTX at Camp Shelby Nov. 5-7. Approximately 40
cadets will train in land navigation, basic rifle marksmanship and
A mandatory part of the ROTC curriculum, field training
exercises (FTX) are a major part of the cadets' 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.
Senior cadets will assist the cadre as primary planners
and trainers for Fall Eagle Strike FTX. Cadets undergoing the training
will be mostly juniors having joined Army ROTC at the beginning
of this semester.
Army ROTC is an elective curriculum taken along with
a student's required college classes. Successful completion of Army
ROTC results in the student being commissioned as an officer 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.
"It's similar to being a vital manager in a corporation,"
said Maj. Greg Hargett, assistant professor of military science
at Southern Miss.
"Officers lead other soldiers in all situations
and adjust in environments that are always changing. Officers are
problem solvers, key influencers and planners. They are driven to
achieve success with their team on every mission. Army ROTC prepares
students to assume these responsibilities."
Southern Miss' Army ROTC program commissions approximately
20 second lieutenants each year, making it the most productive ROTC
program in the state. The program is led by professor of military
science Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty. Additionally there is a cadet
chain of command. The senior cadet is the cadet company commander,
Cadet Bobby Freeman. For additional information, please contact
Maj. Greg Hargett at 266-4460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.usm.edu/armyrotc/.