Rose Wasinger, a junior chemistry major, joined Air Force ROTC
right out of high school.
“It’s been rewarding,” she said. “I know I’ll have a job after
college, which is comforting.”
Wasinger enjoys working with higher-ranking officers and being
involved in the program.
ROTC is offered at CSU in two branches, the U.S. Air Force and
the U.S. Army.
All students are allowed to join and must devote a minimum of
two years to the program. For students who are be interested in
ROTC, CSU offers classes to help them determine whether the program
is right for them.
Bonnie Schwartzkopf, the unit admissions officer for Air Force
ROTC, said some of Air Force ROTC’s perks include guaranteed jobs
after college in the air force, scholarships and opportunities to
“People mainly join for the challenge,” Schwartzkopf said.
Students enrolled in Air Force ROTC take primarily aerospace and
“We’re also put in harm’s way the least, which is good for the
parents,” Schwartzkopf said.
Wasinger agreed and said the program’s time constraints are not
“You have to be good at time management, but I view that as a
positive,” she said.
Daniel Alexander, a senior liberal arts major, served actively
in the Army for nine years and was stationed in Iraq before coming
to CSU on a scholarship that mandated Army ROTC involvement.
“It’s been different,” Alexander said. “It’s slower than the
Army. But it’s also very beneficial.”
Alexander enjoys serving while continuing his education and
“I’m learning how to be an officer,” Alexander said.
Lieut. Col. Jackson Self of Army ROTC said leadership labs are
among the most crucial things for students in the program.
“They work in small groups with teachers who show you how and
then let you do it,” he said.
In Army ROTC, students are required to wear their uniforms on
Thursdays, when the leadership labs take place. In Air Force ROTC,
uniforms are worn all day Thursdays and on Tuesdays during
Self said he thinks of the uniforms as a recognition tool.
“People see the uniforms and know who those kids are. It’s like
a bit of free advertising,” he said.