Germany attends ROTC camp
MILITARY n Army ROTC Cadet Jaye Germany inspects his M-16 rifle during marksmanship training. Germany recently attended the Ft. Lewis, Wash., ROTC Advanced Camp. The 32-day camp incorporates a wide range of activities designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. Submitted photo.
By Andr Sanders/Special to The Star
Sept. 3, 2001
FORT LEWIS, Wash. As surely as the rain returns to the Pacific Northwest every summer, so do 4,300 college students who converge on Fort Lewis to discover if they have what it takes to be leaders in the U.S. Army.
Among this year's crop of officer hopefuls is Army ROTC cadet Jaye Germany
Germany is the son of Edward Germany of Union and Jackie Holloway of Meridian. He recently joined Army and National Guard cadets from 307 universities for the Army ROTC Advanced Camp, a 32-day leadership development course held at Fort Lewis.
The camp is required for ROTC cadets to become officers in the Army; it also is a chance for instructors to test the cadets' leadership skills.
During their training cycle, each cadet is placed in various leadership positions, allowing them to put their intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina to the test.
Germany is currently attending Marion Military Institute, Alabama.
In order to graduate from the camp, cadets must overcome the challenges of the 27-part advanced camp training matrix which includes physical exercises, combat field training, classroom exams and weapons usage drills.
The matrix is designed to challenge each cadet's ability to succeed individually and while in a group.
The physical and mental challenges of the camp gave Germany a glimpse of what it takes to be an Army officer, while providing him with the tools needed to achieve personal and professional goals.