A Salute to Success
February 21, 2017
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National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a military program offered in colleges and universities across the United States that prepares students to become an officer in the U.S. military. Multiple ROTC programs are offered such as Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps.
Rouse students, like junior Platoon Commander Becky Kirby, have the opportunity to participate in the Navy or Air Force branch.
“When I first joined the group, I had a rocky start getting adjusted to the structure and the type of guidance provided,” Kirby said. “I stuck with it though, and paid my due diligence, and now I have been rewarded in all areas of my life, including rank and character.”
Students, such as Kirby, who are involved in the Navy unit, travel back and forth to Vista Ridge several times a week. Kirby’s role within the group is serving on the academic and color guard teams.
“NJROTC has given me the confidence to become a leader and break out of the shell I developed during middle school,” Kirby said. “It’s helped me grow in many areas. I’ve built some friendships with people who have the same aspirations and goals as me, and the program has enriched my life in many ways.”