Cadets

Reasons for joining ROTC: Similar to Veterans, ROTC cadets tend to have a range of reasons for choosing to become involved with the military. From family influences and career opportunities, to patriotism and financial factors, the cadets interviewed had a variety of motivating factors for joining ROTC akin to those found amongst Veterans and their decisions to enlist.

  • Cadet Maria Pulido talks about the financial factor involved in her decision to join ROTC:
  • Battalion Commander Jessica Baldridge explains her reasons for becoming a part of ROTC:
Battalion Commander Baldridge (right) and Cadet Wynar shaking hands

Battalion Commander Baldridge (right) and Cadet Wynar shaking hands.

Challenges: Cadets in UNR’s ROTC program face challenges that most other non-ROTC students do not have to endure. Although the majority of university undergraduates have a minor field of study to go along with their major, many minor programs are not as demanding and time consuming as the Military Science minor that all contracted ROTC cadets are enrolled in. Cadets must not only study for their classes, both Military Science and non-military courses, but also fulfill a rigid schedule that includes early morning physical training and a host of other duties that go beyond the traditional college classroom. The busy schedule of a ROTC cadet can seem daunting to an outsider, but many cadets seemed to embrace and enjoy the hectic routine.

  • Cadet Kendra Wynar discusses the challenges of physical workouts:
  • Cadet Macee Moreno explains her demanding daily schedule:
Cadet Moreno and Wynar with a fellow cadet at a ROTC volunteer event.

Cadet Moreno (left) and Wynar (center) with a fellow cadet at a ROTC volunteer event.

Experiences Abroad: Like other university students, ROTC cadets have opportunities to participate in studies abroad. However, the material covered in their studies abroad can be quite different when compared to non-ROTC students. ROTC offers Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency programs (CULP) in which cadets travel to various locations around the world for the purpose of immersing themselves in foreign cultures and taking part in military training exercises. 

  • Cadet Christofer Imus shares his memories of time spent in the Republic of Georgia during a CULP exchange program:
Cadet Imus crossing a river in the Republic of Georgia.

Cadet Imus crossing a river in the Republic of Georgia.

Relationships: Similar to Veterans, ROTC cadets tend to develop tight bonds with those around them. Demanding schedules, challenges that require cooperation, and a large quantity of time spent together lead to galvanized relationships amongst cadets. 

  • Cadet Maria Pulido discusses the close friendships forged in ROTC:

    Cadet Pulido and Battalion Commander Baldridge pose with another member of ROTC.

    Cadet Pulido (left) and Battalion Commander Baldridge (center) pose with another member of ROTC.

  • Cadet Elliot Goodrich reflects on the relationships developed in ROTC:
    Cadet Goodich enjoys a ROTC BBQ.

    Cadet Goodrich (second on left) enjoys a ROTC BBQ.

    *To access the cadet interview in their entirety click here: http://sharedhistory.acs.unr.edu/omeka/