ROTC on the Concordia Campus
If you were on campus on Thursday October 2nd from about 3:45 to 5:45 you may have noticed a bunch of people walking around in ACUs or Army Combat Uniforms featured in the picture. You may have also noticed some of these people on campus every Thursday or even have seen some of them in your classes. These people are the cadets of Texas Army ROTC in which five members are currently enrolled at Concordia.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps' mission is to educate and train college students to become leaders. Texas Army ROTC comprises of students from Concordia, St. Edwards University, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Community College, and The University of Texas at Austin (UT). UT Austin, however, happens to be the host school. Therefore, cadets from the other schools must commute to UT Austin for morning workouts Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and for their Military Science classes. Cadet Jose Barraza, a sophomore Behavioral Science major at Concordia, explains how he is thankful to be a ROTC cadet at Concordia. "I am incredibly thankful for the relationship between Concordia and the University of Texas. It has given me the opportunity to pursue my degree at a University with a passion for building Christian leaders, and also continue my goal of receiving a commission in the United States Army."
On Thursday afternoons, cadets have their weekly leadership lab, which are oftentimes held at Camp Mabry. They have also been held at other locations, such as the Liberal Arts building at the University of Texas at Austin or at St. Edwards University. On the 2nd of October, it was held at Concordia where cadets completed orienteering training. During this training cadets were given a point to start from and given the distance and direction to different points that they had to navigate using only a compass as a guide. Cadet Reneillio Morrison, a junior Biology major at Concordia, says what he likes about these labs is that, "UT ROTC incorporates real-life scenarios into the lab."