Missouri Southern to offer National Guard training

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 7:41 a.m. CDT; updated 9:58 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 19, 2012

JOPLIN — Missouri Southern State University and the Missouri Army National Guard will offer an officer training program at the university's Joplin campus.

University and National Guard officials signed an agreement Thursday to provide a program that will allow students to become commissioned officers in the National Guard.

The Joplin Globe reported that students will take regular academic courses through the university and credit courses through the National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri Army National Guard, said the program will help the Guard to develop its officers academically and in their military skills.

National Guard officer Capt. Amanda Self will be based at the university to recruit students, develop the curriculum and instruct cadets.

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