ROTC teaches cadets
Franklin G. Scott, Jr. photo
Demetrius Melton and Bobby Burrus look sharp in their ROTC uniforms. Melton is a
Cadet Major and Burrus is Cadet Battalion Commander.
by Angela Burrus
On six o'clock Monday morning,
most students are still enjoying those
last, sweet hours of sleep before wak-
ijig up for classes.
But for students in the Reserved Of
ficer Training Corp, their day has al
ready begun. They are already up and
marching while reciting lines like these:
"They say that in the Army that the food is
mighty fine. A chicken rolled off the table
and it started marking time."
ECSU is one of over 400 colleges and
universities ^o offer an Army ROTC
program, first implemented here in
Since then 131 cadets have been com
missioned as Army Officers at ECSU
whom became members of the United
States Army Reserve and National
The program offers college students
an opportunity to graduate as officers
and serve in the US Army, the Army
National Guard, or the US Army Re
ECSU Cadet Battalion Commander
Bobby Burrus said the program has
offered him skills of leadership and
It has given me a free education
and a guarantee job making more
money than the average college stu
dent will make when they graduate,"
Burrus feel these skills will carry him
through the Army and Corporate
The program also enhances students'
education by providing unique leader
ship and management training along
with providing them with practical ex
perience, according to according to a
brochure issued at the Fall ROTC
"The ROTC program has given me a
lot of abilities in communication," said
ECSU senior Dexter Holley, a former
Cadet Battalion Commander.
In high school, Holley wanted to
serve in the military. Inspired by the
recommendation of a former teacher,
he joined the ROTC program in Janu
ary 1994. He said the program thrives
on an incentive of ambition.
"It teaches me to do more for myself
instead of depending on others to help
me," Holley said. "This will help me
when I go into the military."
Demetrius Melton, a cadet major, ex
plained that students on the ROTC pro
gram set some of the best examples on
"Besides presenting ourselves in a
very presentable manner, we have
some of the highest GPAs at this uni
versity," said Melton.
Captain Matthew Peele, director of
the ECSU program at ROTC for the
past six years, feels the program teaches
students discipline, responsibility, and
"It's the smartest college course you
can take," said Peele, who encourages
students to join the program during
their first two years of college. "These
three or four years can offer you a life
The program has two components,
the basic course taken during the first
two years and the advanced course,
taken during the junior and senior
ECSU's ROTC students and officers
during the annual ROTC Fall Awards
Ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 2
Five ROTC students received the
Academic Achievement Award for
ranking in the top ten percent of their
classes: Anetria Coaxum, Bobby
Burrus, Christopher Johnson, Joseph
Kurtzweil, and Michael Lewis.
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