LARGO, FL: July 14, 2015: Eleven ROTC Cadets from across the country have arrived at the National Forensic Science Technology Center for the 7th annual Biometrics and Forensic Internship. During the next two weeks, the Cadets will receive unique training similar to that provided to military police forces and other Department of Defense agencies. From DNA and digital data to firearms and fingerprints, these students will be immersed in a field of growing importance to our nation’s security.
The Cadets will learn how properly collecting and documenting evidence provides actionable intelligence and identification information that can make the difference for soldiers. During the internship, the Cadets will learn basic forensic training and get hands-on practice applying crime scene investigation techniques in NFSTC’s unique training facility. As future leaders in the nation’s military, this internship also builds skills such as leadership, decision-making, and prioritizing actions under pressure.
“I want the Cadets to realize exploitation, including biometric and digital forensics, can be applied to any mission they might encounter,” explains Veronica Bowles, director of the ROTC internship and former Naval ROTC Cadet. “ROTC was huge help in my military career. The program tests how Cadets might handle certain situations, especially in a high stress environment, and learn from those experiences.” Bowles was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 2001 and served five and half years of active duty, earning the rank of Captain.
“I would have loved this opportunity when I was in ROTC,” Bowles continues, “because it would have allowed me to see the bigger picture outside my perceived scope of work.”
The ROTC Cadets were are from colleges and universities across the country, including Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, Cal State University and the University of Wyoming, for the program. Although the cost to host the program is $50,000, NFSTC provides this experience at no cost to the students or their command as part of our commitment to educating future Army leaders. The program provides instruction they cannot get in college and or basic ROTC training.
The 2015 ROTC Internship is made possible by generous support from NFSTC Board Members, the Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside, Alakai Defense Systems, the High Tech Crime Institute, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Lynn Peavey and other donors and in-kind sponsors who stepped up to provide funding and services to keep the Cadet opportunity going. More information about the program and sponsors can be found here: www.nfstc.org/about/nfstc-in-the-community/2015-biometric-and-forensic-intern-sponsorship/.
NFSTC will host a photo gallery that captures cadets in action throughout the two-week course on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nfstc.