US Army Airborne School for Jacob Bartlow

October 6, 2009, 7:37 pm

Jacob Bartlow, a junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet at Northwest Nazarene University, attended the US Army’s Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia, summer 2009.

Select ROTC cadets attend some of the Army’s toughest schools every summer, which is part of their continuing education to become commissioned officers. Only those who have a strong mental, physical and emotional make-up are selected. Jacob certainly fits the criteria.

Jacob makes it a priority to keep his relationship with God at the forefront of his life.  He believes, without a doubt, there was a God factor involved with him being selected to fulfill his dream.  Looking past the Army physical fitness test requirements, the academic requirements and his personal standing with the professors of military science, he allowed determination to drive him to his limit in order for his dream to become reality.

“God blessed me with an opportunity to be part of Airborne School, especially since my grandfather, Curtis Bowers, was Airborne as well. God has given me a chance to do something exciting with my life and for some reason I have always envisioned the day I would graduate from Airborne School and join the ranks of combat soldiers.”

Jacob had to cope with triple-digit heat and triple-digit humidity, but the jumps made it all worthwhile. “There is no way to describe the incredible feeling of weightlessness; however, I would simply imagine the torturous pain I would experience if I did not land correctly. All things aside, it’s the most peaceful feeling I have ever encountered.  I will remember several things for the rest of my life—especially the great instruction and the friendships.”

“I doubt you will find many young Americans around the Treasure Valley who set such a great example as Jacob Bartlow,” said SGM (Ret) Clinton Beers of NNU’s ROTC.  “Clearly, Jacob Bartlow has distinguished himself among his ROTC peers as a future leader who knows what he wants and how he plans on getting there.”

Eighteen students are enrolled in NNU’s ROTC, of whom 11 currently are on full scholarship.  This program has been a part of NNU since 1995 and has commissioned 18 students into the US Army as Second Lieutenants.  ROTC offers full scholarships at NNU that provides for 100 percent tuition, fees, $600 a semester for books and a monthly living allowance.  These students are highly qualified and seek to serve their country as commissioned officers in the US Army.  For more information about NNU’s ROTC, call Major Rodney Nelson or SGM Clinton Beers at 467-8391, or e-mail Major Nelson at

Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian comprehensive university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, nearly 9,000 continuing education students, and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

Photo Caption: Jacob Bartlow at US Army’s Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia.

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