Army ROTC Offers Service to Red River Valley Zoo
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 17:10
The NDSU Army ROTC has been busy with more than just push-ups lately.
The ROTC has been volunteering at the Red River Valley Zoo instead of spending their usual morning physical training working out on campus.
“Hearing the wolf howl in the early hours of the morning was just one of the bonuses of carrying out the fence-building project for the Fargo-Moorhead Zoo,” Cadet Daniel Grages said.
Community outreach programs such as the current fence-building project of the ROTC are in place to give back to the community because of the support of the ROTC program at NDSU.
The purpose of the fence-building program for the Red River Valley Zoo is to replace the current small chain-link fence with a new solid wood fence. This will help to yield much better living conditions and comfort for the animals by keeping out more sound and light.
The Army ROTC works on the fence project with five to 10 volunteers during their normal P.T. time from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
They have got all the posts in and are currently in the process of getting the wooden boards up. The fence is 1,000 feet long. The ROTC cadets have helped to get more than half of the fence up so far and just started work on the newest part of the fence.
The current timeline for the fence to be completed is within the next few weeks before the full force of winter begins.
The fence-building project has been led by Cadet Daniel Grages. Grages is a senior in the Army ROTC Bison Battalion as a MS-4 and currently holds the position in the battalion of S-5. The S-5 is a position in the real army company and holding this position after training as an army officer can open career opportunities.
Some duties of this position include general military planning and keeping the Bison Battalion Facebook page updated. Cadet Grages is also in charge of community outreach programs and many other fundraising events for the Bison Battalion.
The Army ROTC is a leadership program designed to develop cadets, the army leaders and officers who are in charge of nearly all aspects of the army operations.
Army ROTC allows people to get a college degree and become commissioned as second Lieutenant, the lowest officer rank in the Army. The Second Lieutenant is in charge of a platoon of troops right away, which usually consists of around 40 men.
In addition to the current fence-building project, last year the Army ROTC had the Operation Snow Angel community outreach program where they plowed driveways of local disabled veterans who have trouble with motilities. The Army ROTC gives back to the community in many ways.