The Cadet Image - Page 7




 
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April 24th, 2005  
cPFC/SAJROTC
 
In my expierence, there's always a generally good feeling towards cadets in JROTC. I've never seen a cadet stopped by a teacher or other school administrator for anything such as running or walking through the halls during class. However, on the opposite side of this is there will always be some pricks who mock cadets and what we stand for. The important thing is to remember that they are typically just ignorant individuals and that we must set the example by ignoring their attacks.

Up here, at my high school, the vast majority of students hold us in extremely high regard, espically us drill team members, because they realize we accumulate more hours of practice than the sports teams, have a longer season (almost 6 months), and we consistantly bring home more awards and trophies for the school.
Some students crack jokes and tell us to "go play war" and I've even had some yell comments like "why dont you go kill a baby like you're good at?"
We also get the kids that hiel and salute when we walk past, we just ignore em and they laugh it off. Although, they've wisened up to check for our Master Gunny before doing it, because he's come down hard as hell on students for that.

We had 2 kids go after my CO earlier this year, they tried grabbing one of our M-1 Drill Rifles, and when Robbie (my CO), stopped them, he got shoved back, and in order to secure our weapons, we had to use force, both kids (they were Juniors), ended up with bloody noses and a lot of wounded pride since they picked a fight with 9 NJROTC cadets and got absolutely slaughtered. They reported us to our Master Gunnery Sergeant, and he got them suspended for fighting with us and attempting to have possession of a weapon on school grounds. Thats how much respect we get.
April 25th, 2005  
Nick E
 
Perosonally, i dont see one think funny or childish about cadets. Most of the top athletes and academics at our school are cadets, and I go to high school.
Kids used to make fun of me for being a geek or wimp, but I couldn't see the kids who make fun of me marching around in heavy winds in winter or carryning around kit at 40 celcius in summer. I was in my parade uniform for the Rememberance day parade and after that, I had many older kids telling me how cool my uniform looked and a lot of the kids asked where they could join. (Sorry about the spelling mistakes, i have hte flu)
April 25th, 2005  
fronzz
 
 
My first sergeant (im in the hutchinson sqaud. MN wing) thainks he has the best uniform ever but its not tht impressive.(at least i dont think so)
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April 26th, 2005  
c/Commander
 
 
Yeah I've had problems with people trying to play with our drill rifles as well...but they generally back off when I ask them if they really want to play around with a "loaded" gun. Heh...works every time...they drop it like it's on fire...never mind the fact that most of the Garands we use aren't capable of firing (aside from 7 we use for 21-salutes), which are kept off-site.
April 26th, 2005  
USAFAUX2004
 
 
We were performing a change of command in a restaurant and the manager kept asking us if he could have on of the Springfield's
April 26th, 2005  
Pete031
 
 
Listen,
I was a Cadet for 8 years. Now I am in the reg force Infantry, have been overseas twice and have done a lot of cool courses. That being said, I had an amazing time as a cadet, I had some of the best summers of my life as a cadet. While your buddies are sitting at home all summer playing nintendo, think about what you people are accomplishing... When I was a cadet I had to wear a kilt (Scottish Uniform) and I had to wear it on the bus, on the subway, at school on uniform day. And sure, I got teased, but I just kept my head up and carried on, When you wear your uniforms wear them with pride, keep your head up and if someone makes fun of you, just walk right passed them, like a snob. With your chin up and your chest out, because hey, your the ones having the last laugh... Get what I am saying?
April 26th, 2005  
USAFAUX2004
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete031
Listen,
I was a Cadet for 8 years. Now I am in the reg force Infantry, have been overseas twice and have done a lot of cool courses. That being said, I had an amazing time as a cadet, I had some of the best summers of my life as a cadet. While your buddies are sitting at home all summer playing nintendo, think about what you people are accomplishing... When I was a cadet I had to wear a kilt (Scottish Uniform) and I had to wear it on the bus, on the subway, at school on uniform day. And sure, I got teased, but I just kept my head up and carried on, When you wear your uniforms wear them with pride, keep your head up and if someone makes fun of you, just walk right passed them, like a snob. With your chin up and your chest out, because hey, your the ones having the last laugh... Get what I am saying?


I agree with you all the way!
April 26th, 2005  
Trevor
 
The solicitor general came to talk to my unit and the local army cadet unit and he was saying that not only did the training help him when he was in the RCMP and the reg force, but things like simply being away from home for weeks at a time helped a lot, while other guys in there 20's became home sick.
May 6th, 2005  
cpl_clarke
 
 
You guys have given me alot of insight. Next time i get joshed for being a cadet im gonna walk by with my head held high. Its pretty pathetic that we are gettimg made fun of for being in cadets though. But like you guys have said, We get alot of cool training and life skills and it'll give us an edge later on in life.
May 11th, 2005  
rotc boy
 
 
i got one teacher who was in the Navy, and when im in my MCJROTC uniform he kinda makes fun of me

and then i make fun of him

some of the kids are complete aholes to us, they salute us crappy and if we're just walking around will try to scuff our boots, or if theyre just plain jackasses with no respect, will even scuff our coraframs (SP?)
we've had a few cadets get jumped by pot smoking hippies but our guys are in shape and usually whoop their ass then dont get in any trouble unless they started it