I hope everyone had a great day of golf and enjoyed dinner at Bistro 33 in the evening and look forward to seeing even more of you at next year’s event.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps(ROTC)
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programme at St Andrews International School is fully accredited by the British accreditation agency, The Education Trust (EDT). We are proud to have held, for the past 5 years, the prestigious British Overseas Award. With this accreditation, our school is recognised by the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) under the Thai Ministry of Education. This accreditation and recognition by the Ministry of Education allows our school to be able to work with the Thai Military authorities, whose trained personnel are dedicated to providing Thai boys in Key Stage 4 and 5 (Year 10-13) with the opportunity to undertake the Reserve Officer Training Programme.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programme is a three-year training programme which entitles college or high-school students, boys and girls, to serve as Army Reserves after they complete the training. Students can serve as Acting Sub Lieutenants if they continue for another two years after they finish the course. The programme is optional, and most sessions are held on Saturdays. ROTC students are called Territorial Defense Students or “Ror Dor” in Thai.
Alongside providing students with the ability to fulfil their military service requirement, there is a great opportunity to gain maturity, character, and leadership through a rigorous physical training programme. Students learn basic and advanced topics during their three years, including radios, maps and navigating, weapons, military commands, camping and more. The final assessment of the three-year-ROTC programme is a week-long military camp deep into the jungle, which will definitely stretch the student’s limits and help them become stronger both in body and mind. As an Army Reserve, students are exempt from serving in the Thai Armed forces, unless called to active duty in the event of a natural disaster or military emergency.
This year’s ROTC camp will be held in Khao Chon Kai, Kanchanaburi, Thailand, and there are 60 of our male students attending. These students will be supervised by both Kroo Jeab and Kroo Boss. Overall, there are a total of 102 Thai boys in the ROTC programme at our school. Last year we had 30 boys successfully complete this three-year training programme. This is a great achievement worthy of recognition, and completes their Thai Military service before they move on to university or a career.