Twelve lucky ROTC cadets from around the U.S. have arrived at NFSTC to participate in the 6th annual Biometric and Forensic Internship training. The cadets will receive two-weeks of unique hands-on training similar to that provided to special operations and international forces. The training is provided at no charge by NFSTC and its partner companies and is part of NFSTC’s commitment to STEM education and to our military operators.
Biometric and forensic science is a capability that continues to grow in importance on today’s battlefields and in special operations. 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 operators. 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. The course includes crime scene investigation, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and post-blast investigation, firearms, biologics, trace and computer forensics delivered over the next two weeks.
The internship costs approximately $50,000 to host, and this is the first year sponsors have been brought on board to support it. The 2014 sponsors NFSTC Board Member Jim Cali, Celestar, Lynn Peavey, Ron Smith & Associates, Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside, and the High Tech Crime Institute, have stepped up to provide funding and services to keep the cadet opportunity going.
The program is designed to test each cadet’s leadership abilities, personal responsibility and ability to adhere to mission objectives, and offers a unique experience they would not receive in most college curricula and or basic ROTC training. In addition, they will have an opportunity to try out the latest in forensic field technology. Cadets hail from colleges all over the U.S., including Marquette University, University of Portland, Illinois State, Iowa State, University of North Dakota and Old Dominion.
NFSTC will host a photo gallery that captures cadets in action throughout the two-week course on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nfstc, so log on and follow along!
Thank you to our sponsors:
NFSTC board member Jim Cali