ROTC Training Builds Camaraderie

More than 400 students turned out for the early morning march around the Tampa campus.



By Danielle Barta

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2011) - University of South Florida Army, Air Force and Naval ROTC units gathered recently in formation for a two-mile march around campus as part of their annual joint run. Nearly 400 students attended the early morning event.

Shannon Voss, an Army ROTC cadet, believes the runs help bring together groups of students that would otherwise be separated.

“The joint runs are really important because it gets all the branches to come out and meet each other and learn how the other branches work, which is a big part of our joint program we have here on campus,” Voss said.

USF implemented the first joint ROTC building in the nation in 2007 and continues to put value on unity between the different ROTC units.

“It’s very, very important that we get to know each other so that when we get out there in the real fleet, we know exactly how to deal with each other [and] how to learn from each other,” said Midshipman 1st Class Justin Geerdes.

Geerdes said the joint program also gives USF ROTC students an advantage over students attending other universities.

Robert Sullins, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, gave a speech at the end of the joint run to congratulate the students on their dedication to the ROTC program and encourage them to use the skills they are learning in their academic work, as well.

“Remember,” Sullins said, “academics first, but ROTC is a big part of that grade.”

Danielle Barta can be reached at 813-974-0331.