BHSU cadets hold mock drill as part of ROTC course

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, April 10, 2015/Categories: 2015









           Black Hills State University students enrolled in the Reserve Officer&rsquos Training Corps (ROTC) program held a mock rescue drill as part of a military science course on campus. ROTC cadets held a mock search and sweep of Club Buzz located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on campus. The drill also provided a chance for the public to learn more about the ROTC program at BHSU.




Students enrolled in the Reserve Officers&rsquo Training Corps (ROTC) at Black Hills State University gained some hands-on experience during a mock rescue drill on campus recently.

The BHSU ROTC held the drill April 9 in Club Buzz in the lower level of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union as part of a military science (MS) lab at BHSU. Cadets enrolled in the BHSU MS1 and MS2 program entered and cleared a room searching for a threatening subject. The cadets were dressed in uniform and used imitation weapons. Student volunteers sat throughout Club Buzz, were searched and ushered outside of the room as part of the drill.

The drill focused on entering and clearing a building with multiple rooms, and actions to take when coming across civilian bystanders, gathering enemy intelligence and taking out a high value target.

CDT Garrett Petrik, business administration-accounting major from Rapid City, said drills such as this provide upperclassmen with leadership, planning and coordinating experience, as well as training younger cadets basic soldiering skills such as marching, land navigation and rank structure.

"The underclass cadets exceeded the standard for their first time room clearing," Petrik said. "Room clearing can get extremely complicated and it&rsquos a task that takes a lot of training to perform well. They handled it all effectively."

MSG Jonathan Mudget, who is an instructor with the BHSU ROTC program, said mock drills such as these offer a more tangible way to learn leadership skills, execute teamwork, and apply critical thinking strategies.

"This causes a student to think on their feet and make a decision and hopefully, it&rsquos the right one," Mudget said.

Petrik added that the event also drew awareness to the ROTC program offered at BHSU.

ROTC is a leadership program that provides individuals the tools, training and experiences they need to become officers in the U.S. Army. ROTC can be used as an elective curriculum, as well, in conjunction with students&rsquo regular University courses. The ROTC program on campus does offer many scholarship opportunities, as well as monthly stipends, Petrik said.

"It&rsquos a good way to help pay for your college degree," Petrik added.

Mudget and Petrik said enrolling in an ROTC course does not mean a student is committed to the army. Taking one or two ROTC courses at the beginner level teaches essential life skills such as teamwork, leadership and critical thinking, Mudget said. Those who do choose to continue with the ROTC and a member of the U.S. Military graduate with an officer ranking.

To learn more about BHSU&rsquos ROTC program, visit

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