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Year One in the Corps
From your first year to your last, the Corps’ four-year progressive leadership model will provide you opportunities to learn, apply your skills, be mentored, and make an impact.
Get ready for Rookdom! There are some extra steps to prepare, including a specific packing list you’ll need before you arrive. Follow these steps and you’ll be all set for training.
Get ready to step out of your comfort zone. That’s what this unique experience is all about. Rook Orientation will take you beyond the basics of college life to learning basic military skills and knowledge, Norwich history and our Honor Code. You’ll push your mind—and your body. Orientation ends with a Corps tradition: the Dog River Run. You’ll emerge from this one-mile journey in the Dog River – wet, cold, tired, and full of pride and accomplishment.
You’ll notice that you walk taller and feel more confident following Rook Orientation. You’ll build on orientation by adding to your military knowledge and skills while embracing Norwich’s distinctive customs and traditions. You’ll better understand that becoming a great leader begins first by learning to be a good follower. Through Basic Skills Training, you’ll feel your confidence continue to grow—and you’ll see yourself as personally accountable and capable to step forward into a leadership role.
If you see yourself as a leader in the military, government, or business, the Advanced Skills Training will prepare you to get there. You’ll continue learning leadership and followership skills. You’ll even have the opportunity to take on small-unit leadership positions within Rook platoons and Rook companies. You’ll also learn:
Being a cadet is much more than just enduring the challenges of Rookdom. Halfway through the second semester you’ll be officially recognized as a cadet during a special ceremony that symbolizes your preparedness for more responsibility within the Corps and as a Norwich student. You’ll be part of the vision of Norwich’s founder Captain Alden Partridge, who believed in developing citizen soldiers in service to our nation. Whether you choose a career in the military—or to lead as a citizen in your community—you’ll have a solid foundation on which to grow and thrive.