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      A New Crop of Leaders

      ROTC Cadets Complete Daylong Orientation Program

      ROTC rock climbing

      Acquiring New Skills

      A new ROTC cadet practices rock climbing skills during an orientation program

      With Old Main as the backdrop, cadence calls rang out as ROTC cadets from Widener's Dauntless Battalion marched around Memorial Field. The drill was part of a daylong New Cadet Orientation on Sept. 17. The event included a wide array of training activities that help introduce cadets to the ROTC program.

      "It is a very trial by fire situation," said Cadet Sgt. Joel Murphy, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. "They don't understand how lucky they are yet, but they will when they get to camp and see how high speed everyone here is compared to other programs."

      Cadets learned to march properly, climbed a rock wall, participated in weapons and movement to contact training and visited the Pennsylvania Military College Museum with alumni.

      "It is a beautiful thing to see the new cadets come up, because I can recognize myself in so many of them," said Murphy.

      They finished out the day learning about Battery Robinett, which fires a cannon after each touchdown at Widener home football games in honor of distinguished Civil War veteran Henry C. Robinett.

      Cadet Robert Rehbach, a freshman nursing major, said his favorite part of the day was visiting with PMC alumni at the museum. "Just being able to talk with the alumni and hear their stories was great," he said. "But overall, it has been a very productive day; it will definitely help prepare us for future field training exercises."


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