On November 12th, 2013 High school students from the Phoenix area got a taste of the life as an NROTC Midshipman and a Sun Devil at Arizona State University with an event known as “Shadow a Midshipman Day” as part of ASU’s Salute to Service week. About 60 high school JROTC cadets participated in a one day orientation from Moon Valley High School and Apache Junction High School. With the support from ASU and the Naval ROTC department, the cadets were able to experience firsthand what it takes to be a midshipman at ASU.
As part of the orientation, led by the Naval ROTC, cadets arrived at Arizona State University and met with active duty lieutenants and midshipman as their tour guides. Throughout the cadet’s tour, they were able to drive ships in the Navigational Simulator at the Naval ROTC facilities, check out dorm rooms, see the laboratories and classrooms, tutoring centers, and much more.
A favorite among the cadets was the Gallery of Scientific Exploration, within ISTB 4.
Cadet Matthew Slobodianuk of Moon Valley High School JROTC said, “The Gallery of Scientific Exploration was way more than I expected at a college.”
At the end of the day, the cadets and midshipmen attended the men’s basketball game at Wells Fargo Arena and cheered on the Sun Devils to a 90-54 win over the Miami Redhawks. Not only did the cadets get to attend a basketball game, Commander Ken Liles from Moon Valley High School said,” The non-NROTC students at the basketball game were so welcoming and friendly. They actually sought us out in the arena and had the cadets join right into the student section.” Showing ASU pride and respect for veterans and future service members, the student section showed the cadets what it’s like to be a Sun Devil first hand.
The Shadow a Midshipman Day is designed to provide exposure to the NROTC program, give the cadets a brief taste of the college experience and generate excitement about their futures possibly as a future Sun Devil midshipman. Cadet Saul Cisneros, of Moon Valley High School, believes the experience of Shadow a Midshipman Day has helped him make important future decisions. “It was great!” He continued, “Before I went, I had little interest in NROTC and now I want to be a part of it.”
The cadets weren't the only ones who benefited. The midshipmen who volunteered as tour guides enjoyed the opportunity to teach cadets what life is like being a student and midshipman at Arizona State. Midshipman 4/C Yasmeen Keys said, "I am very grateful for these experiences; hands on and interactive examples of leadership and passion in naval tradition and excellence are why I want to be a naval officer. I utilize these opportunities to share these passions with my potential future shipmates!"
The Naval ROTC unit at Arizona State was established in 2010 and has since grown to be one of the largest in the nation. Learn more about the program and how to apply for scholarships that lead to a commission as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps at http://nrotc.asu.edu.