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Proctor ROTC students go through annual inspection
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Tan and black trailed down Mohawk Valley Community College's Field House Gym as ROTC students from Thomas R. Proctor High School were inspected by a commanding officer from Cornell University.
There were 285 students, all of whom lined up in an effort to prove to their own ROTC leaders, along with the Commander, that they were disciplined and to show all they have learned this past year. Being in ROTC for these students is full-time, five days a week for 180 days out of the year.
They not only learn how to be disciplined but also how to be good citizens in their own community. Master Chief Mark Williamson says he believes ROTC is about citizenship, patriotism and how his students carry themselves throughout the day.
"Our goal is to get them to college, to pay for it, to enter the work force or get into the military, also but to do something with their lives besides sitting around the house," Master Chief Williamson said.
This inspection takes place once a year.