WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Nineteen junior ROTC programs throughout the Midwest filled Purdue’s Armory on Saturday for the 41st annual ROTC Drill meet hosted by the Purdue Army ROTC.
Platoons 20 to 30 strong marched in step together, juggling rifles in unison and displaying the colors. Many groups use the event as a stepping stone toward the national competition, but many say they’re also able to learn about scholarship opportunities and how to join the National Guard.
“This is a great recruiting tool, not just for Purdue but getting kids into higher education. It’s a great tool we can advertise with,” said Purdue Cadet Battalion Commander Stephen Bracken.
Stephen Bracken went on to say the junior ROTC program is a great foundation for those wanting to pursue a career in the military.