Leadership Academy graduates Emma Drake and Andrew Johnson. Courtesy/NJROTC
By C/ENS Miranda Lopez
Public Affairs Officer
Seven NJROTC students from Los Alamos High School received leadership training during the summer. Cadets Caleb Moss, Alana Hinojosa, Samson O’Sullivan, Sofia West and Arthur Yarotski attended Basic Leadership Training June 20-23. Cadets Emma Drake and Andrew Johnson attended the Leadership Academy July 11-15. Both sides were held at McGregor Missile Range, outside of Fort Bliss, Texas.
Core Leadership Training is a four-day program for incoming sophomores that teaches cadets that they must first learn to follow before they can become resilient and strong leaders. They are trained in self-discipline, team building, organizational skills and basic knowledge military exercise. Activities also include daily athletics and physical training, as well as first aid and leadership training, including an obstacle course, uniform and room inspections and a tight exercise competition.
“What I enjoyed the most was getting to know people who came from different schools from different backgrounds,” Cadet Yarotski said. “It was interesting to hear how they manage the units in their schools compared to ours. I love physical training so of course I enjoyed the PT portion.” Cadets Moss and Hinajosa agreed on how to Fort Bliss was a highlight of their experiences.
“My favorite part of camp was when we went at Fort Bliss and were able to participate in simulated Humvee operations,” Cadet Moss said.
The Leadership Academy is designed to prepare juniors and seniors for leadership positions in their school’s NJROTC. The aim of the program is to teach cadets about the precious life and leadership lessons through real-life scenarios so they can lead other NJROTC cadets following the school year. The intention is for them to be someone who can come in and supervise, organize and train.
Topics included leadership characteristics for the cadet officer, Physical fitness and leader, troop command, troop inspection and social etiquette and manners. These activities helped teach the cadets how to motivate themselves to achieve their leadership and intellectual goals while providing an environment for them to practice these skills. These activities are similar to those used in basic leadership training.
Los Alamos NJROTC Basic Leadership Training graduates, from left, Arthur Yarotski, Sofia West, Caleb Moss, Alana Hinojosa and Samson O’Sullivan. Courtesy/NJROTC
Cadet Drake, commander of LAHS NJROTC, said she plans to learn from this program to “leave a lasting legacy, not only in unity, but also within the high school by working to integrate our JROTC program into the foundation itself activities at Los Alamos High School.
The lessons presented different perspectives that many other JROTC instructors had on leadership by offering discipline ideals, different leadership styles and more.
Both programs had a great impact on the cadets who participated, and they all learned valuable life and leadership lessons. Although the camps can be difficult at times, all said the experience was remarkable. Cadets are prepared and ready to apply what they learned at the NJROTC program and at Los Alamos as well.