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By Greg Brewis

Admissions recruiter gets training at ROTC boot camp

[photo] Brian Miller on the three-rope bridge at ROTC Camp Challenge.
Brian Miller on the three-rope bridge at ROTC Camp Challenge.
Five days in boot camp were enough to give Brian Miller a new appreciation of what ROTC can do for students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Miller, a transfer student recruiter in the Office of Admissions at PLU, learned firsthand how ROTC trains students to be leaders at Camp Challenge in Fort Knox, Ky.

"I personally benefited from learning what it takes to be an effective leader," Miller said. "I also saw that to be effective, cadets must be both mentally and physically strong."

For the cadets the camp runs five weeks and is designed to give participants a taste of military life. Miller was invited to join in the training-oriented leadership symposium in late June that included faculty and staff from schools around the country with ROTC units.

"My Camp Challenge experience made me a better transfer coordinator and recruiter both for ROTC and PLU," Miller said.

A similar program was held locally at Fort Lewis, Wash., this summer. Paul Menzel, provost, and Terry Miller, dean of the School of Nursing, attended the three-day 2000 ROTC Advance Camp for educators and academic administrators.

Recently, the U.S. Army Cadet Command ranked PLU's 97-member ROTC unit first in the nation among 270 battalions. The ranking was based on the number of lieutenants produced, retention rate, cadet academic and training performance, and number of students in the program.

PLU's ROTC is also a recognized leader in educational funding, awarding more than $1 million in scholarship money each year, far exceeding the amount given by other programs nationwide.


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