01/05/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

ROTC Cadets: A Day In The Life

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Jennifer Do and her group had been hiking for almost five hours since noon. Heavy rain from days before left the ground muddy, making each step hard to take.

Blisters began to form on Do's feet because of the many hours walking in uncomfortable boots.

"Towards the end, I couldn't walk," she said.

Do and her colleagues are ROTC cadets from Cal State Long Beach and surrounding universities, who engaged in a weekend of field training exercises Oct. 21-23. More than 100 cadets and cadres (military instructors) participated in the exercises at Camp Pendleton, a Marine base near San Diego.

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