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Students on campus take
part in a variety of activities beyond their academics, such as community
service, arts, and athletics. But what most do not know is that a small group
of Hamilton students participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, or ROTC, in addition to
their academic, athletic, and social lives at Hamilton. Students
participating in the ROTC train as commissioned
officers of the US Armed Forces. Many of these students also receive merit
based scholarships in return for service to our country. Because there is no
ROTC program actually on campus at Hamilton, it is typical of the students in the program to travel to
surrounding universities to complete their training.  For example, Katie Tenefrancia, a junior on
campus and one of the students a part of ROTC, travels to Syracuse University
at least once a week as part of her ROTC training. Additionally, she goes to
Utica College 4 days a week for physical training, 1 weekend training at Ft.
Drum per semester, and in the summer she travel to Ft. Knox, KY for Advanced
Camp. Tenefrancia, although very passionate about her participation in ROTC,
expressed that “balancing ROTC with my athletic and academic obligations is
definitely challenging because many of my assignments for ROTC require long
hours or a lot of time away from Hamilton working with other cadets.” She
decided, though, as many others do, that she wanted to pursue ROTC because she
has “always wanted to serve my country and want to pursue a career that
constantly challenges me. Military service also runs in my family and ROTC was
an important consideration for my college decision.” Other students on campus,
though, are very surprised when they hear that there are students a part of
ROTC. Tenefrancia included her perspective and explained that “usually other
students are pretty surprised to find out that we even have an ROTC program
that students can take part in.” She insisted, though, that “while I have
experienced very mixed reactions across the community, my teammates and coaches
are extremely supportive which really helps me balance ROTC while in soccer
season.” After graduating college, many students in the ROTC program immediately
go on to serve in the military for numerous years, as Tenefrancia will also do
after graduating in May 2019.

The Hamilton community should be incredibly proud of
these students in the ROTC program. Thank for your service and we look forward
to seeing everything you will accomplish!