In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the BYU-Idaho ROTC will host a Warrior Run March 26 at the Outdoor Learning Center at Henry’s Fork Farm, open to the community and student body.
“The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), as it exists today, began with President Wilson signing the National Defense Act of 1916,” according to the U.S. Army Cadet Command ROTC website.
The ROTC, which is the organization that produces the largest amount of officers to the American Army, has commissioned more than 500,000 second lieutenants to date, according the U.S. Army Cadet Command ROTC website.
“More than 40 percent of current active duty Army General Officers were commissioned through the ROTC,” according to the U.S. Army Cadet Command ROTC website.
Jeremy Fackrell, a senior studying health science, said he is in charge of the race as a cadet and a graduating senior in the ROTC program.
“It’s a Spartan-style race,” Fackrell said. “There will be mud involved so it should be a good time.”
Fackrell said that it isn’t a tough mudder or a Spartan race, which can involve marathon distances and intense obstacles, but it is the same style.
“It’s a 5K obstacle course,” Fackrell said. “There will be 10 different obstacles, three of them you will have to repeat twice.”
Fackrell said there will be 13 obstacles.
“It’s $10 per person, unless you sign up in a group of five or more and then there’s a discount,” Fackrell said.
Fackrell said it is not uncommon to pay up to 10 times that amount for a similar kind of race and that the BYU-I ROTC goal was to create a fun event that everyone could afford.
“If there is any money left over, we are going to donate it to the Fisher House Foundation,” Fackrell said.
The Denver Fisher House is a charity that raises money to benefit military families, according to the Denver Fisher House website.
“The Denver Fisher House provides a ‘home away from home’ for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury,” according to the Denver Fisher House website.
Carl Bell, a cadet in the ROTC and a senior studying sociology, said his experience in the ROTC has been empowering and enlightening.
“It’s a really good program to be in,” Bell said.
Fackrell said that the ROTC hopes to forge bonds at the event between the program and the school and connect with the community.
“It’s also going to be used as a recruiting event,” Fackrell said.
Bell said he has learned a lot about being a leader and thriving in leadership positions.
“It helps you develop things that will look good to civilian employers,” Bell said.
Bell said, as per the ROTC program, after sophomore year, an ROTC member needs to make a commitment to the Army. He said this does not necessarily mean going right into active duty upon graduation; instead, a graduate can go to the reserves where they would have a civilian career.
“It helps diversify your education,” Bell said.
Bell said the ROTC program is designed to build recruits to gain responsibility and leadership with each semester. By the end of senior year, the seniors play a huge role in running the ROTC program and weekly labs.
“There is financial benefit,” Bell said. “If you become a cadet your junior and senior year, they actually have a stipend they will pay you to help you with your schooling.”
Bell said there are also a lot of scholarships available to students in the program.
“It makes you good at understanding stress levels, in yourself and in other people, and it really helps you to see through the eyes of other people,” Bell said.
Fackrell said the ROTC will have a booth set up at the event and that other groups will be in attendance to create awareness.
“The Idaho National Guard will be there, and the Army Reserves will be there,” Fackrell said. “There will be plenty of opportunity to get information about any one of those organizations.”