Accidentally in ROTC
When did you join ROTC?
“I joined NJROTC freshman year.”
Why did you join ROTC?
“The purpose of my joining ROTC was because of a scheduling mistake. I had no intention whatsoever to join in any military activities.”
Why didn’t you want to be in ROTC originally?
“I was scared of anything that had to do with the military.”
Do you enjoy it?
“As of now, I’m not involved in ROTC activities. I had to drop out because of a schedule change. I decided to stay in ROTC because I made a lot of friends and ROTC was like a family to me; not necessarily because I wanted to join any military branch.”
What do you like about ROTC?
“What I like about ROTC is that the teachers and classmates will push you even further than you can imagine–that’s only if you put in the effort and are motivated.”
What was the most difficult thing about being in ROTC? Was it worth it?
“The most difficult thing about being in ROTC was keeping up with everyone; it was kind of like a competition. No one wanted to be a lower rank and that’s what drove us all to better ourselves. Even though I was in ROTC for only a year, it was a very valuable experience; I learned a lot and enjoyed it.”
Have you had to make any sacrifices for this program? What kind?
“The biggest sacrifice was definitely going to BLT (Bootcamp of Leadership Training).
Four days and three nights in an army boot camp was definitely a huge step from my comfort zone. You had to cope with people screaming at you and honestly, it’s terrifying; you don’t want a Sergeant yelling in your face for not taking a shower in five minutes, or because you run too slow, or your posture is wrong. All of those things frightened me. It was so hard for some people, that they quit on the first day. I wasn’t going to quit, I had to be bold and continue. This experience taught me about responsibility, teamwork, and many other things that I will always be grateful for.”
Do you plan on doing anything involving ROTC when you graduate?
“No, I plan to move to Germany, go to college, and see from there where life takes me.”
Although you are no longer involved in ROTC, would you recommend ROTC to anyone?
“100%. Even if you end up hating it, you will learn so many things that’ll change how you view the world. I never regret being in the program and I’m grateful for the amazing people and friends I’ve made.”
What advice would you give those who are interested?
“The most important thing in ROTC is not to be the best, it is to try the hardest. This goes for anything, even BLT, they measure how much effort and determination you have. If you have those, you will not only be successful in ROTC, but also in life.”