ROTC News - 2013

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  • Cadet Alyssa PybusWhen people find out that I am an ROTC cadet, one of the first things they ask about is how I balance ROTC and school. It’s not an easy thing to do. When you have to wake up before 0600 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for morning physical training (PT), finishing homework at 2 am every night isn’t a sustainable option. One of the hardest and most beneficial lessons I have learned from ROTC is how to manage my time.

    As a cadet, my college experience is very different from that of a typical student. On any given Wednesday night, while friends are getting homework done or hanging out at the dorm, I am out in a forest running STX (Squad Training Exercise) lanes, where we practice battle tactics like squad attack and squad ambush, or at an Army camp familiarizing myself with M16s, or downstairs in the unit building learning how to clear rooms in MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) fashion. One weekend a semester, I leave civilization to conduct Field Training Exercises. And that’s not all. There are ceremonies to attend, color guards to march, counseling meetings to hold, visits to supply that have to be made, ASU (Army Service Uniform) inspections to conduct, and this semester’s particular joy of illusive MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) packs to assemble.

  • Professor Michael Yaffe is a member of the MIT ROTC Oversight Committee

    Professor Michael YaffeIt's not often that a systems biologist is also a trauma surgeon, active in the Army Reserve—and even rarer still that he treats the victims of a historic bombing. On 15 April, Michael B. Yaffe, who holds positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, was rehabilitating a broken leg when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Yaffe rushed to the medical center and was soon helping to treat victims. During the last day of the hunt for one of the bombers, he was locked down in the hospital...

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