The First Step Towards Being the Best
The First Step Towards Being the Best
  • Choi Song Bojeong
  • 승인 2021.03.01 09:58
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On December 17, 2020, an event was held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of SMWU's ROTC. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, only a small number of people, namely SMWU president and ROTC officials, attended the event. Others participated via Zoom. Founded on December 10, 2010, SMWU's ROTC was the first ever female ROTC unit in Korea. Since its foundation, it has been an outstanding unit and has succeeded in producing 8 color bearers and 221 commissioned officers. For example, Captain Park Kieun, a presidential award recipient, and Captain Chung Heekyung, the first female troop commander in charge of a coastal boundary, are both graduates of SMWU's ROTC. SMWU's ROTC took the lead in improving women's awareness and expanding women's activities in the military by raising the proportion of female troops, removing restrictions on position and placement of females in the military, and establishing ROTC units at other women's universities. In other words, SMWU's ROTC unit has made numerous forefront achievements for women, which were praised at its 10th anniversary in 2020. At the event, SMWU looked back on the growth of its ROTC over the past decade and offered suggestions for the direction forward. Chang Yunkeum, president of SMWU, and Hong Kyuduk, professor of Department of POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, delivered welcoming and encouraging speeches at the event, and Minister of National Defense Seo Wook and Major General Kang Sunyoung delivered congratulatory speeches that expressed affection for the ROTC unit. Ahn Sunbin, a ROTC cadet participated in the event and had this to say about it: "I am honored to be part of such a historic moment at SMWU. I plan to become a commissioned officer who will make Sookmyung proud. I am even more determined to excel so that I am not doing a disservice to the history of Sookmyung ROTC." She went on to express her aspirations for the future in the interview. SMWU's ROTC will surely continue to outdo itself to ensure the peace and safety of everyone in the world and to make new history in the process.

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