Most student athletes will tell you how hard it is to wake up to be at a 6 am practice, then workout, then go to school, and find time for their social life. Jordan is one of the few exceptions. Jordan never complains about any of these activities AND you would have no idea that before all of that she may have come from Physical Training with her ROTC Battalion. Private Casey or Jordan, as we know her, aspires to be in Military Intelligence. "Military Intelligence is responsible for all collected intelligence during Army missions. They provide essential information that often saves soldiers fighting on the front lines", Jordan explains. The DSU Army ROTC Unit is allowing her to jump start her career. She has the opportunity to become commissioned in the Army as an Officer upon graduation.
Alongside all of her major classes required for her degree in Criminal Justice, Jordan is enrolled in an ROTC course that focuses on leadership, tactics and techniques, personal development, values, ethics, and officership. Her favorite aspect of the class is the hands on activities and the atmosphere of PT. "The atmosphere of PT is one of my favorite parts. You would imagine that everyone would be tired at 0545, but no we are motivated and excited to be together in order to get stronger and better", says Jordan.
We asked Jordan some questions specifically about the ROTC program. Here is what she had to say.
What is PT like?
At PT we run a lot. Early morning PT is designed to be done to keep us in shape and help us on our AFT, which is a PT test that we have to pass. This includes a 2 mile run, 2 minutes of push ups, and 2 minutes of sit ups.
How is your Battalion (group of students) set up?
At DSU, we are a part of the Blue Hen Battalion. The Battalion is made up of a few schools with the University of Delaware being the host school. DSU is specifically is the Bravo Company inside of the Battalion.
What was your JROTC rank in high school and what is it now?
I graduated high school with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. I was the Battalion Commander my senior year. That means I was in charge of over 200 cadets. I am currently a Private at DSU.
How do you balance ROTC and softball?
Managing ROTC and softball is difficult, but definitely doable. Coming in as a freshman in the fall and trying to make every single PT session and being at every softball event was difficult. I quickly learned that I cannot be in two places at once. Out of season, I try to make every single ROTC event, even if that meant missing practice. During season though, softball comes first. The physical aspect is not bad, I feel as though doing both only helps me unless I overwork myself. Finding the balance is key.
Delaware State has made all of these opportunities happen for Jordan. She has the opportunity to play the sport that she loves, obtain the degree she desires, and she will have a head start on her career by becoming an officer in the United States Army. These opportunities can be a reality for you as well, as long as you put your mind and heart to it.
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