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Sam Houston State Rotc Article

Sam Houston State Rotc Article

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Online Forum Changes ROTC Education
They encounter a body in the road,and as they stop to check things out, theyrealize the man is still alive. They also spota video camera hanging out o a double-decker bus.The rules o engagement at the timepermitted soldiers to kill anyone videotapingan attack, as insurgents in this area otenrecorded their killings and exploited the videoor propaganda.Herndon’s platoon sergeant, lookingthrough binoculars, confrms the platoonis being videotaped, and the question nowbecomes do they shoot the man leaning outo the window o the top level o the bus,a man who could be an insurgent?This kind o morally ambiguoussituation is the type being presented toSam Houston State University ROTC cadetsas part o a new curriculum tool called thePlatoon Leader orum.The online orum is a Web communityo more than 8,000 past, present and utureplatoon leaders within the U.S. Army whocan share and discuss experiences and presentthem to members in a “what would you do”type o problem.SHSU’s Bearkat Battalion incorporatedthe Web site into the senior MSL 431 class thispast all to give the cadets an idea o the typeso split-second decisions they may be calledupon to make ater receiving commissions assecond lieutenants and joining the Army asplatoon leaders.“It’s a ‘Facebook’ or militaryproessionals,” said Lt. Col. David Yebra, heado the military science department who teachesthe class. “For the frst time in history, ofcerapprentices like ROTC cadets are able to listenin to the ongoing conversation o the proession.“By engaging in the orums, our cadetslearn how ‘to be’ ofcers in a way that was
ieutenant Adam Herndon and his platoonroll through the city streets of Baghdadin their up-armored Humvees as part of a convoy security mission.
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