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 otenrecorded their killings and exploited the videoor 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 ater receiving commissions assecond lieutenants and joining the Army asplatoon leaders.“It’s a ‘Facebook’ or militaryproessionals,” said Lt. Col. David Yebra, heado the military science department who teachesthe class. “For the frst time in history, ofcerapprentices like ROTC cadets are able to listenin to the ongoing conversation o the proession.“By engaging in the orums, our cadetslearn how ‘to be’ ofcers 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.
By Jennifer Gauntt
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