Army Cadet Winston T. Raney has completed the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Leader Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.
The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to becoming an Army officer. College students experience and study the Army without obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.
Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during the challenging, motivating "hands-on" training. The training develops well-disciplined, highly motivated, physically conditioned students, and helps improve the cadets’ self-confidence, initiative, leadership potential, decision making, and collective team cohesion. The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, Army values, ethics, Warrior ethos, basic rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation, and squad-level operations field training.
Raney is a student at Henderson State University. He is the son of Pam Raney of Cabot, and Dennis Raney of Fordyce.