Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen!
At our university, Texas State, we conduct M16 training once a year. Our cadets go to a near by range and learn the safety precautions and weapon handling tips that will prove useful in future. Each cadet also has the opportunity to qualify in the three stages of marksmanship.
This year our MS III's and IV's attended the range and decided to involve the University newspaper, called the University Star. Having the reporters out there gave our Army ROTC program good publicity. Our Battalion S1 (CDT J. Waldeck) and Battalion Commander (CDT R. Lambert) were both interviewed about why we receive such training.
To further engage the school media, our Cadre supervised the reporter as he shot an M16 for the first time. With three rounds out of the chamber he was hooked!
The following day, the Bobcat Battalion was the front page of the paper. Pictures were printed, cadet statements printed and the video was posted on the School Website and on YouTube. Since then we have had excellent exposure for our training and the student body is now more aware of who we are, what we do, and why we run around in uniform once a week!
As always it was a pleasure having your attention. Below is the link to view the M16 training video and interview.