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Photos: NROTC tests and trains students

Photos by Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

These photos are from a field exercise held at Marine Corps Base Quantico on Sept. 27.

The University’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps gives students a taste of military life and leadership training during college. The NROTC program also includes students – called midshipmen –  from the University of Maryland at College Park, Catholic University of America and Georgetown and Howard universities.
The University’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps gives students a taste of military life and leadership training during college. The NROTC program also includes students – called midshipmen – from the University of Maryland, Catholic University, and Georgetown and Howard universities.

 

Before entering the NROTC program, midshipmen choose between the Navy or the Marines. Sophomore Andrew Bell, navigating an obstacle course, is one of 36 students training to become an officer in the Marine Corps.
Before entering the NROTC program, midshipmen choose between the Navy and the Marines. Sophomore Andrew Bell, navigating an obstacle course, is one of 36 students training to become an officer in the Marine Corps.

 

#10: Freshman Shelby Brown scales the double bars during the obstacle course. This rigorous, timed test requires midshipmen to maneuver over logs and climb ropes and metal poles.
Freshman Shelby Brown scales the double bars during the obstacle course. This rigorous, timed test requires midshipmen to maneuver over logs and climb ropes and metal poles.

 

Freshman Genna Heaps prepares to jump over a log as she tackles the obstacle course for her first time.
Freshman Genna Heaps prepares to jump over a log as she tackles the obstacle course for her first time.

 

The Marine Option midshipmen learn basic fire team movement and how to communicate using hand signals during small-unit leadership exercises. Senior Casey LaMar instructed younger midshipmen on how to lead their fire teams while on patrol.
The Marine Option midshipmen learn basic fire team movement and how to communicate using hand signals during small-unit leadership exercises. Senior Casey LaMar instructed younger midshipmen in how to lead their fire teams while on patrol.

 

Combat-oriented training is one of the many types of training midshipmen go through during their time in the unit. Sophomore Jerry Callan practices the basics of fire team patrols through a wooded area.
Combat-oriented training is one of the many types of training that midshipmen go through during their time in the unit. Sophomore Jerry Callan practices the basics of fire team patrols through a wooded area.

 

Junior Kyle Cadena exits a densely wooded area as he practices a foot patrol sequence.
Junior Kyle Cadena exits a densely wooded area as he practices a foot patrol sequence.

 

Freshman Heaps directs sophomore Kazuma Engelkemier on where to scan for potential enemies during the exercises.
Freshman Heaps directs sophomore Kazuma Engelkemier where to scan for potential enemies during the exercises.

 

LaMar watches over three midshipmen as they conduct a leadership exercise. Upon becoming an officer, he will be immediately in charge of the well being and success of younger enlisted Marines.
LaMar watches over three midshipmen as they conduct a leadership exercise. Upon becoming an officer, he will be immediately in charge of the well being and success of younger enlisted Marines.

 

Every Marine Option will attend Officer Candidates School prior to commissioning as a Marine Corps officer. Upon graduation, the Marine Options are given the official “U.S. Marines” name tape, as seen on the chest of senior Tyler James, above.
Every Marine Option will attend Officer Candidates School prior to commissioning as a Marine Corps officer. Upon graduation, the Marine Options are given the official “U.S. Marines” name tape, as seen on the chest of senior Tyler James, above.

 

Freshman Trevio Washington uses a compass during a land navigation exercise. The midshipmen also learn how to plot coordinates on a map, measure distances and orient themselves.
Freshman Trevio Washington uses a compass during a land navigation exercise. The midshipmen also learn how to plot coordinates on a map, measure distances and orient themselves.

 

Washington, left, works with senior Justin Tieke during the land navigation exercise. While relying on one’s own abilities is central to the NROTC program, midshipmen are also encouraged to ask older midshipmen questions to ensure success.
Washington, left, works with senior Justin Tieke during the land navigation exercise. While relying on one’s own abilities is central to the NROTC program, midshipmen are also encouraged to ask older midshipmen questions to ensure success.

 

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