SARAH DAKOFSKY | Lifestyles
ROTC is a rigorous, challenging, physically demanding activity. So, why do students join? For some, the reasons are more about a personal goal than military experience.
Andrew Schum, senior, said, “I’m a type 1 diabetic so I can’t even join the military. So this is the closest thing for me to join the military.”
“I want to join the military and I really wanted to join the rifle team. My brother was on the rifle team,” said Carly Reed, junior.
Joining a family tradition seems to be a common motivator. Cornia Gorham, senior, also joined because of the previous experience of her brother. “He told me it’d be a good idea.”
“I thought it would be a good experience,” said Brandon Hunt, freshman, who expresses the typical first year of high school quest. Rowan Hart, junior, agrees with Hunt. “All the teams you can join looked fun.”
Whether for the sake of legacy or new experiences, joining ROTC boils down to one word: Fun.