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ROTC Cadets embark on biometric and forensic internship

Close up of a ROTC patch.This morning started with a “fall in Cadets” as 11 ROTC students arrived for the seventh annual Biometric and Forensic Internship at NFSTC. Over the next two weeks, the Cadets will receive unique training similar to that provided to our Department of Defense customers. 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 ability to properly collect and document evidence in hot zones and battle sites 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.

ROTC cadet collecting evidence at a crime scene house at NFSTC.The ROTC Cadets were hand-selected from colleges and universities from across the country for the program that costs $50,000 to host. NFSTC provides this experience at no cost to the students or command as part of our commitment to educating future Army leaders through a training not received in college and or basic ROTC training.

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their donations for the 2015 internship:


  • John Allison, NFSTC Board Member
  • Alakai Defense Systems
  • James Cali, NFSTC Board Member
  • Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside
  • Mitchell Morrisey, NFSTC Board President
  • Benji Hutchinson
  • Chris Vivian
  • Amanda Reich
  • Lori Sullivan
  • Laura and Kevin Lothridge
  • Brian Smith
  • Federal Resources
  • Berg Companies

In-kind Donors

  • Lynn Peavey
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Net Bio
  • SpearTip
  • Eagle 32
  • Global SOF
  • Tampa Bay Yacht Charters
  • John Boscia
  • Training Team Solutions

NFSTC will host a photo gallery that captures the cadets in action throughout the two-week course on Facebook, so log on and follow along!