King’s/ROTC Connection Established
Freshman Nate Plumb Blazed The Trail
By Zachary Cochran, Class of 2010
NEW YORK, March 24, 2010—Freshman Nate Plumb visited King’s four years ago with his family. Though his older brother was considering King’s, it was Nate who fell in love with the school—drawn by its small class size, Christian focus, and the culture of student leadership. He began searching for a way to pay for college.
The U.S. Government pays students’ tuition and expenses if they are enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). In return, the students spend four years in officer training during college, four years of active duty, and one year in the reserves. Plumb’s father and older brother had been in the ROTC, so his parents expected him to join.
Trouble was, King’s had no connections with the ROTC. If Plumb was going to come to King’s, it was up to him to establish that connection.
He learned that the ROTC has a sister program with other universities, called cross-town schools. He found a phone number for an Army ROTC recruiter at Fordham University. Through Fordham, he joined the ROTC.
It is a perfect fit for Plumb, who desired “the college experience.” At a military academy, his life would have been highly regulated.
Plumb loves that both institutions emphasize leadership, and appreciates the leadership training and discipline that the ROTC offers. Plumb recognizes that he is learning and developing leadership skills that will be highly useful in business after he completes his service in the military.
What does Plumb do at the ROTC? He does physical training (PT) three to five mornings a week before class. With such a demanding schedule, he has to carefully guard his hours to sleep. Every Friday he has a three-hour class which includes a two-hour outdoor lab, where he learns through simulations: how to take out a bunker, take out sniper fire, react to direct and indirect fire, respond to an ambush, and traverse terrain using a map and a compass.
He has three PT tests and two military base weekend excursions a semester, where he experiences live fire with paintballs, rappelling, rifle shooting, and firing a grenade launcher. He is having such a great time that he wants more King’s students to join him in the ROTC.
“I really want to see King’s get this ROTC program up and running,” Plumb said. “I want the ROTC program because, from what I’ve heard, there’s a sizable group of prospective King’s students who would do the ROTC program if they had the chance.”
The Offices of Institutional Advancement and Admissions are working together to strengthen and promote the connection with the Army ROTC, and are actively seeking to become a cross-town school with the Air Force ROTC.
Nate Plumb is open to questions of any kind and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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