Representatives of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Naval ROTC program spoke to Joppa High School students, both in person and via Zoom, on Friday, Sept. 25.
ROTC, which stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps, is a college program that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. Military. Salas pointed out the State of Illinois ROTC program offers different levels of college financial assistance — college programmer, tuition waiver and scholarship — to residents who join ROTC.
The officers, who have a combined 42 years of military service, talked to the students about serving as Naval and Marine officers but also exploring the many opportunists open to them.
“There’s a lot of opportunists out there in the military,” Salas said. “You have to explore them all. You don’t know what’s possible until you start venturing out and seeing some of these things around you. Once you get out of high school, there are so many things available if you’re willing to put in the work, the world is wide open to you.”
Principal Dr. Jeff DuFour organized the morning to “give students an opportunity to ask questions they may not normally get and to learn the opportunities that and ROTC unit provides. I think it’s about exposing our students to new ideas.”
DuFour plans to have representatives from Army and Air Force ROTC programs speak to students in future.