Sep 202004
Authors: Ashley Keesis

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

leadership classes.

“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

too extensive.

“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

aerospace classes.

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.

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