April 13, 2007
As ROTC members competed in an annual competition to show off their skills, they are also using this time to possibly prepare for war.
"Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be in the military," said Midshipman First Class John Landa.
Landa knew from a very young age that he wanted to join the military. He says after the 9-11 attacks, his pursuit of that goal became stronger.
"I think what it did was more solidify my commitment to what I wanted to do," Landa said.
He is one of 25 Midshipmen graduating from UVa this May. After at least six months of further training, these men and women could be sent overseas to fight the global War on Terror.
"Right now everybody knows what they are getting into. They know the world's situation. They are highly motivated to serve their country. We are very proud of them," Captain Todd Miller, United States Navy.
The 25 Naval grads will be joined by 22 Army officers and 14 officers from the Air Force. Their commitment to their Country is what has drawn most of them to serve. They say they will rely on their training, their comrades, and a little divine intervention to bring them home safely.
"A lot of it has to do with your ability but and then the rest of it you just leave up to God. You can't do much more than that," said Cadet Lt. Colonel Brian McReynolds, Air Force ROTC.
Since 9-11, all the branches of UVa's ROTC have seen significant increases in the amount of participants and graduates. In fact, the Army ROTC has more than doubled its annual registration from 12 to 28.
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