For University students Cadet Christel Hornstra, Cadet Alexandra Nachtman and Cadet Kelly Tracy, this summer will be anything but normal.
These students, who are third year cadets in the University’s Army ROTC Royal Warrior Battalion, are three of only 73 cadets nationwide who will participate in the Army Medical Department Internship Program at Army bases across the country.
The internship is an opportunity for non-nursing students from majors in various medical fields to spend a few weeks working in an Army Medical Facility to gain firsthand leadership experience and build their professional skills as future army officers.
Cadets had to submit their application in early November were required to meet specific GPA and physical fitness standards. The applicants had to be approved by their individual Professors of Military Science and Senior Military Instructors and were then evaluated by U.S. Army Cadet Command for eligibility for the program.
“I’m extremely proud.” said Lt. Col. Ryan Remley, Professor of Military Science for the Royal Warrior Battalion, “We had four cadets (from the battalion) apply and four were accepted. I’m sure they will represent the Royal Warrior Battalion well and that it will be a great opportunity for them.”
Remley also noted that the most unique aspect of the program for many cadets is the opportunity to live on a functioning Army base during their internship and that the experience gained will be especially helpful as cadets make decisions next semester about which career path to pursue in the Army.
Cadet Hornstra will be interning at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and Nachtman and Tracy will be located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Carson, Colorado respectively.
The cadets will report for their internships this summer after they complete the Army’s Leadership Development Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Washington.
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