Dover, Del. (Aug. 19, 2019) --- Delaware State University softball student-athlete Jordan Casey has been training this summer for something far greater than a conference championship or individual awards. Casey, entering her senior year at DSU, recently graduated from the U.S. Army ROTC Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The more than five-week camp is designed to assess a Cadet’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in basic officer leadership tasks.
According to the Cadet Summer Training brochure, the camp is recognized as the most significant training and evaluation event in ROTC. The training is complex, challenging, and rigorous and is conducted in a stressful training environment. Cadets reinforce basic skills through squad (9-13 Cadets) level leader development exercises, and transition to platoon (40-50 Cadets) level operations in a company construct. Prior to attending Advanced Camp, Cadets receive intelligence updates, preparing them for the geo-political environment to which they will deploy and operate.
Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is a prerequisite for commissioning.
The camp certainly tested the limits of the Fredericksburg, Va., native.
“It was mentally challenging but very rewarding,” said Casey, a member of the Army ROTC’s 9th Regiment, A Company, 1st Platoon. “I learned that I can put my body to its limits and push through. I enjoyed learning different leadership styles and how to better respond to challenging situations.”
In addition to surviving the Army Physical Fitness Test, Casey was trained in Land Navigation, Confidence Training, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, First Aid, Field Leadership, along with Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear operations, and tactics.
The Hornet softball standout believes her boot camp experience will pay dividends on and off the field at Delaware State during her senior year.
“I have grown so much and this experience has taught me a great deal about leadership and working with all types of people,” Casey said. “I feel more confident after learning various leadership styles and how to develop my own.”
Anyone familiar with Casey’s Delaware State University achievements on the softball field and as a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference academic honoree are not surprised that she earned high marks for her Boot Camp training.
Her overall evaluation includes a top recommendation for three branch choices in addition to recommendation for active duty.
Casey has moved on to the next phase in her summer drills, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) with the 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. With Successful completion of the Advanced Camp and CTLT, as well as coursework and continued ROTC events/activities throughout the 2019-20 academic year, she will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.
Delaware State’s new head softball coach Jeff Franquet has yet to meet Casey, but is well aware of the high caliber individual he expects to lead the team this year.
“I am incredibly proud of Jordan and have the utmost respect and admiration for her desire to serve our country,” Franquet said. “When you think about the demands of a college athlete, then add on the challenges of being a soldier, it’s truly remarkable what she has accomplished. She’s a credit to our team, to Delaware State University and our nation.”