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UNI ROTC receives high honors

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- Reserve Officers Training Corps - or ROTC. It's a program offered at most colleges and universities, helping students train to be officers in all branches of the military.

"It's an organization where we try really hard and we aren't seen all the time in the publics eye," said Austin Wolff, ROTC Public Affairs Officer.

Austin Wolff is a senior at UNI is part of the school's ROTC program. He was inspired to join by his family members who have served in the military.

"I have seen the opportunities they have been given through the military and the sort of careers they made of it and that was really attractive as well as all the educational benefits," said Wolff.

UNI's ROTC program gained recognition recently. It placed 2nd out of 76 colleges and universities in the 3rd Brigade.

"It shows that the students here are very resilient, very dedicated and it speaks volumes about their dedication to service especially when we have been at war for the last 9 years," said LTC. John Roadcap, Professor of Military Science.

You don't have to go far to see what veterans are doing to inspire these students. The program is based out of the West Gym on UNI's campus.  Right outside, you'll find a memorial for Lieutenant Robert J. Hibbs. Hibbs was awarded the medal of honor for his duties in Vietnam.

"He is a constant reminder that what we are doing is not just walking around campus and putting on this uniform and just pretending. What we do actually means something. When we leave here we are actually going to make a difference," said Ben Ditri, Training and Operations Officer.

The criteria of the award at the ROTC Leadership Conference was made up from four different areas.

Leadership course achievement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and recruiting.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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