The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 11, 1998, Page 3, Image 3

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    Camp brings cadets
closer to being officers
■ The training program
offers an opportunity for
ROTC members to compete
on a national level.
By Eric Rineer
Staff writer
It’s the Super Bowl of being a
That’s how cadets in UNL’s
ROTC describe the Army’s summer
Advance Camp.
Twenty-five juniors from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s
ROTC program will attend
Advance Camp in Fort Lewis,
Wash., for six weeks this summer
as one of their last major hurdles to
becoming officers in the U.S.
The camp is designed to pave
the way for young cadets to enter
the Army as 2l>d lieutenants.
The camp attracts more than
2,000 cadets from universities and
colleges nationwide.
“This makes it a great experi
ence,” said Lt. Col. Richard Tracey,
professor of military science at
“This is the first time our cadets
compete with other cadets on a
national basis,” he said.
Though the focus of the camp is
to teach cadets leadership responsi
bilities, cadets also participate in
infantry training, said Tracey, who
will be battalion commander at
next summer’s camp.
The infantry training includes
combat training, land navigation,
obstacle courses and machine gun
assault training.
“There’s a. whole lot af chal
lenges,” he said. m ogaRr/ -;r‘ j
“The kids learn anawful lot -
they learn a lot about themselves
and the Army.”
After finishing training, cadets
can become commissioned officers
by completing their bachelor’s
degree and finishing their ROTC
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Last year's cadets boasted
scores above the national average,
Tracey said.
This year’s cadets are confident
they will do the same.
Jenny Johnson, junior exercise
science major and cadet platoon
sergeant, said she looks forward to
the challenge.
“We’re going in with a very
positive attitude,” she said. “We
feel as if we can achieve the same
Johnson credits her peers for
the examples they set.
“It helps talking to people who
went through it last year,” she said.
“It’s given us all a bit of motiva
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