What’s New in the Corps of Cadets?
by Jonathan Medina
The new school year shows that evident changes have been made to TMI’s Corps of Cadets.
First and foremost, we have a new rotational system that was implemented this year to offer more leadership opportunities for the juniors. Every quarter, platoon sergeants, 1st sergeants, and sergeant majors rotate with their subordinates. All JROTC Juniors are now able to display their leadership capabilities.
The Corps of Cadets also increased the number of special teams The special teams in the TMI Corps of Cadets are known for being the most exciting part of the Corps. These special teams include Color Guard, Drill Team, Rifle Team, Sabre Guard, Leadership Bowl, Academic Bowl, PT Platoon and Orienteering. This year two new special teams were added: CyberPatriot and Raider Team.
The CyberPatriot team was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school and middle school students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, which are said to be critical to our nation’s future by the Air Force Association. The TMI Raider team will compete in online rounds for a chance to earn a paid trip to Baltimore, MD to compete in the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition.
This year is also the first year TMI will have a Raider Team. An all male-team and an all-female team will be competing in the Raider competition. This competition consists of physically demanding activities such as push-ups, curl-ups, and the two-mile run with a 35-pound backpack. Teams will also participate in the construction of a rope bridge and a knot-tying relay.
The Corps of Cadets holds the highest number of cadets (155 cadets) since 1977.
In addition, we are honored to have a new member of the Commandant Staff – Master Sergeant Gooding. MSG Gooding joined the Army Reserves in May of 1989. After three years in the Reserves with the 303rd Field Hospital, MSG Gooding transitioned to the Active Army on 8 August 1992. His first assignment was Fort Carson, CO, in the 3/29 Field Artillery Battalion Aid Station. In 1998, Gooding served as a flight medic, team sergeant, and Training NCO in Germany. He was deployed to Lithuainia and Kosovo/Macedonia. MSG Gooding has received many awards and achievements in his lifetime such as the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Air Medal (5), the Army Commendation Medal, and many more. He answered a couple questions about TMI.
Why did you come to TMI?
I came here for the environment of motivated students in a high school with a great tradition.
How do you like it at TMI so far?
It is better than where I came from. The rich tradition at TMI establishes pride. It is motivating for me to be the best instructor that I can.
Any last thoughts?
I look forward to supporting the TMI Corps of Cadets in whatever capacity is needed.
The TMI Corps of Cadets is off to a strong start, and we look forward to the rest of the school year!