The ROTC Wants You


Lieutenant Colonel Randy Herd

Timothy McCarter, writer

ROTC stands for “Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.”  The ROTC is where many of this country’s great leaders began their military training.  Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State for the United States of America, said in his online biography that he “found his calling when he joined the ROTC.”  He used what he learned in the ROTC to pursue his dreams in the military.

You can join the ROTC at Bob Jones.   The program has a lot to offer.  For example, the ROTC can pay for your college education, and it can guide you in your career path.  Perhaps more importantly, the ROTC teaches invaluable life skills.  Members of the ROTC develop physical health and leadership skills.  Nick Simmons, a member of the ROTC at Bob Jones, said, “The ROTC is one of the best leadership programs in the nation.”  Nick added, “The ROTC has made me a better student.  It has taught me to focus and persist in the face of adversity.”

There are six teams in the ROTC: the Drill Team, the Sabre Team, the Honor Guard, the Marksmanship Team, the Aerospace Team, and the Orienteering Team.  Each team does precision marching and performs at ceremonies.  You have undoubtedly seen our ROTC members at the Homecoming Parade and other school events.

According to Chief Ellis Clark, a former Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, members of the ROTC are put to the test every day of the week.  “I try to instill in my Cadettes lessons that they will need for the rest of their lives,” he said.  ” Throughout every week, I train them in aerospace, leadership, drills, and physical fitness.”

If you want to join ROTC, contact Lieutenant Colonel Herd in room B209.   Freedom is not free, so step up and do your part to keep America free.