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Salute

A cadet salutes during a field training. In Japan we have a military academy much like West Point, however, we don’t have a program like ROTC, the Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. When I saw ROTC students in Philadelphia I was intrigued. With this project, I photographed ROTC students on campus, at the training grounds and their daily civilian lives for nearly 10 months. I was curious, what is college life like for a ROTC student? Of course they learn a lot of military traditions, responsibilities, ethics, and skills-and it’s not just how to operate a weapons. Beyond that, I saw no differences between ROTC students and any other college students; they love parties, hate homework, and enjoy chatting over a cup of coffee.

TAGS: New Jersey, United States

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Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Member since 2015
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© Takashi Aoyama.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 03.2014
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Filed Under: The American Experience
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 26, 2015, 4:41 a.m.
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Camera Model: NIKON D800
Focal Length: 32mm
Shutter Speed: 1/8000
Aperture: f3.2
ISO: ISO400
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