ROTC cadets take Seattle U’s mission to serve to heart—and then out into the worldIt sure seemed like the real thing—down to the fatigues, the face paint, the weaponry, the Stryker vehicle and the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. They crawled through bushes, hid behind trees and surrounded buildings believed to be under enemy control. They knocked out bunkers and conducted point ambushes. But it was just a test. Or, more to the point, it was preparation for the test.
For a full weekend in April, cadets in Seattle University’s ROTC program descended on Fort Lewis, Wash., to participate in an intensive exercise that helps get them ready for a key moment in their journey toward becoming commissioned military officers in the United States Army. The focal point of the exercise was to prepare SU’s cadets for the Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC), which they are required to take the summer after their junior year.
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