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A Crash Course in ROTC Terminology

ROTC - Reserve Officer Training Corps

POW/MIA ceremony - commemorates Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action

Mess - a general assembly

PT - Physical Training; takes place 1-3 times a week, depending on the service

Cadre - officers and enlisted staff of the Air Force, Army, and Navy in building W59

Mil Ball - short for Military Ball

Cadet - a student in Air Force or Army ROTC

Midshipman - a student in Navy ROTC

Jodies - songs sung during marches