Islander ROTC Cadets Show Off Skills in Rappelling Lab

Published: September 19, 2017

Islander ROTC Cadets Show Off Skills in Rappelling Lab

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – For many people, rappelling down a wall is something that only happens during action movies. However, for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets, this is just another lab on a Friday morning. On Sept. 15, new recruits propelled from the side of the Center for the Sciences building as a part of their rappelling lab.

“Today is a fun lab as well as a recruiting tool,” explained Lt. Colonel Curtis Johnson, Professor of Military Science at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “It teaches military discipline and to trust your team since you have to trust both people at the ends of the rope so no one gets hurt.”

While this event was mainly designed for the newest ROTC recruits, anyone willing to strap on a harness was allowed to rappel. Freshman Madeleine Fuller, a forensics and crime scene investigator major, decided to give it a try.

“I’m an adrenaline junkie and it looked like a lot of fun,” said Fuller. “I’ve never done anything like this before but I’ve always been interested in skydiving and cliff jumping. Events like these make being here at A&M-Corpus Christi fun for me.”

Directly following the rappelling lab, Evan Luke, a ROTC cadet and history major, took a different kind of plunge.

“Today I’m officially swearing into the US Army,” said Luke. “I’m pretty excited and a little nervous since this is probably the biggest commitment I’ve ever made.”

Coming from a military family, Luke explained that he knew from a young age that joining the military was his destiny.

“I’m originally from Maryland, and went to community college for a few years, but my life didn’t seem to be going anywhere. So, I moved as far away from home as possible and now, a year later, I’m swearing in to the US Army.”

The Island University’s ROTC program is growing substantially, with 131 cadets currently enrolled. The size of the battalion has more than doubled within the past 10 years.

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