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FOCUS ON: Expanding Your Horizons

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Sacramento State is building the next generation of military leaders through its Army and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs. Students in the programs attend classes and earn a degree, but at the same time, learn military science and leadership techniques. Upon graduation, they are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States armed forces.

Video: (Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.

(Jim Finnerty reporting:) “Using tape and cardboard for boat building.”

(Off-camera voice:) “So, did you feel around the back of his skull?

(Finnerty:) Or learning first aid in field uniform may not be usual university activities. But both are part of U.S. Army and Air Force reserve officer training at Sacramento State.

(Captain Anthony Apichino, Sacramento State Army ROTC:) “Today we’re training on first aid. Next week we’ll be training on infantry tactics and weeks down the road, we’ll be training on squad movement tactics.”

(Finnerty:) Captain Anthony Apichino directs some 30 cadets in Army ROTC. Young men and women looking to become second lieutenants after finishing a university degree.

(Lauren Woods, Sacramento State sophomore:) “I wanted to go to college, and I wanted to be an officer, and this is one of the best ways that you can do that.”

(Lt. Col. Jim Hawkins, Sacramento State Air Force ROTC:) “Everybody comes into ROTC at a different level of leadership, and the purpose of ROTC is to build leaders for the Air Force and make better citizens for America.”

(Finnerty:) Field exercises teach cadets to think on their feet, assuming leadership roles to carry out field training missions.

(Ruben Mallarino, Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force:) “It’s the ability to have anybody respect you to the point where they want to do what you need them to do.”

(Finnerty:) Both the Army and Air Force programs involve the community beyond Sacramento State. Air Force cadets come from a dozen community colleges. Some have seen active service in Iraq and Afghanistan and now want to become officers. (Forrest Neumann, Sacramento State senior:) I know a lot of cadets suddenly realize that they can push their bodies and their minds a lot further than they ever thought they could, and in a way it gives them a discipline for school. Helps them succeed.”

(Finnerty:) In addition to classroom, drill and field training, cadets here also perform honor guard duties and volunteer at area military bases. Activities with one goal.

(Hawkins:) “One of the main mottos of Sac State is ‘Leadership Begins Here’ and so what our cadets learn is leadership. That’s what ROTC teaches a cadet.”

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty reporting.

(Narrator:) For more information on this and other news from Sacramento State, visit our website.

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