Last Updated: January 2, 2018, 7:18 pm

ROTC named Club of the Month for service to community


    The Inter Club Council elected the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps as club of the month for March.

    The winner was announced during the council held on March 5. According to the council, the ROTC is very active in activities and service around campus.

    “ROTC is a great club and organization on campus, not only military based, but also service-oriented and willing to lend a helping hand to the community,” said Gregory Noel, a senior psychology major from Las Vegas and Dixie State University Student Association vice president of clubs and organizations.

    Jim Dupras, the senior military science instructor for the Army ROTC, said the club is always helping and volunteering in the community. It helped with the mini club rush in the Old Gym and the club supplies the color guard for flag ceremonies for basketball and football.

    The ROTC helped co-sponsor the Freedom Run, which was a 5K race held last month to celebrate freedom. The club members have been trying to participate in other events sponsored by other clubs.

    “The ROTC has remained aloof for years from participating in activities, and we’ve been trying this semester to alleviate that standard,” said club president Justin Durham, a senior integrated studies major from St. George. “We’ve tried to go to every club’s events and activities.”

    Many ROTC members received the German Efficiency Badge on March 1 and 2. The requirements involved running with and without a ruck, throwing a shot put, and long jumping. 

    Future Events 

    Spring Harvest Ruck: The club will be collecting food to deliver to the Southern Utah Food Bank on March 29. Durham said it is more of a service project than an activity, and he wants to make it semi-annual. Take non-perishable food supplies to the ROTC building.

    Field Training Exercise: Dupras said this is the club’s capstone event. The ROTC will be at Camp Williams near Lehi on March 21 and 22 to compete against other ROTC units.

    Maj. Darin Gumucio, the officer in charge of the ROTC, said this event is a yearly requirement for each ROTC within the same battalion. DSU’s ROTC will compete with the ROTC from Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, and Utah Valley University.

    Hurricane/Sand Hollow Mud Run: The mud run is a fundraiser activity on April 20. It is a 5K run with more than 10 obstacles. For more information, visit 

    Heroes Havoc: This is an activity for anyone on April 27. Durham said there will be 12 different obstacles around campus, and teams of one to four people will compete for prizes. The entry fee is $25.

    For additional information, visit the ROTC building on campus just south of the Burns Arena or online at