Missouri State University
Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards

Student finds leadership niche in ROTC program

Criminology student Rachel Edwards has found her place in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Missouri State.

From the moment criminology major Rachel Edwards,  heard about the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Missouri State, she knew joining the program and getting a minor in military science would help jump start her career.

 “I decided to go into the program because of the great future opportunities I’d have once I received my commission,” Edwards said.

After being previously enlisted in the Army Reserves, Edwards decided to join the military science program.

“Now that I am in the program, I am learning skills that will help me become not only a great leader in the Army, but in the civilian world as well.”

One of Edwards’ favorite parts of the program is the lab field trips they get to go on once a week. They travel to places such as Fellow Lake to College of the Ozarks. She says it’s a great way to put what they learn from the classroom into action.

For Edwards there are many reason someone should join the program. For her, getting to meet new people, become a part of a team and have a career set up once she graduates are top on her list.

“By being in this program, cadets will gain the confidence- whether it be to repel or simply working together to conquer a common goal- to being able to effectively and confidently lead your troops into battle someday,” said Edwards.