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Area high school students attend 12th annual Junior ROTC Day

A total of 353 high school ROTC students from Southern New Mexico and El Paso took part in the 12th annual Junior ROTC Day sponsored by New Mexico State University's Army and Air Force ROTC, Sept 17.



New Mexico State University Air Force ROTC cadet Blanca Smith talks to Junior ROTC students from area high schools during the 12th annual Junior ROTC Day on the NMSU campus. (NMSU photo by Harrison Brooks)

The students, who currently participate in their schools' Junior ROTC programs, learned not only about ROTC at the university level but about NMSU as well.

"This is a great way for students to find out about college in general," Air Force ROTC Capt. Gary Stewart said. "We are always looking for good leaders to become part of ROTC. This gives us the opportunity to let students know what their options are for both their future degrees and their decision to be leaders in the U.S. military."

Students arrived Friday morning for a briefing on NMSU's ROTC program, followed by a tour of the campus. Forty-five Army ROTC cadets took part in the day's activities, assisting where needed and showing students around.

After a hot dog lunch students viewed a variety of ROTC displays including a helicopter and Army Humvee. The rest of the afternoon, students had the opportunity to browse tables in Corbett Center and meet with representatives from the colleges of education and engineering, as well as Housing, Admissions and Financial Aide, to obtain information and discuss different degree programs.