April 26, 2004

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Contact: Capt. John Clark, KU Army ROTC, (785) 864-1109.

44 KU Army ROTC students complete spring field training exercise April 2-4

LAWRENCE -- Forty-four University of Kansas students were among about 70 participants in the KU Jayhawk Battalion Army ROTC field-training exercise, April 2 through 4 at the KU Adams Campus near Lawrence and at Camp To Ka Va Ca in Topeka.

Lt. Col. Brian De Toy, KU adjunct professor of military science, was in charge of the training, in which cadets encountered an obstacle course and leader reaction course to test their abilities. They faced land navigation exercises during the day and at night. In addition, cadets practiced infantry squad tactics using paintball items provided by the Kansas Army National Guard.

Army ROTC is a leadership development program taken by college students as an elective course in college. Upon graduation and successful completion of ROTC training, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army, Army Reserve or the Army National Guard.

In addition to the KU students, others who took part in the field training exercises included students from area colleges in Kansas who are part of the KU ROTC Jayhawk Battalion, including those from Baker University in Baldwin; MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe; Washburn University in Topeka; and University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.

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