“Informed sources stated that during a recent Army ROTC federal inspection, the inspecting officer asked a cadet for the range of his weapon,” The Technician reported, “to which the cadet sternly replied, ‘Just as far as I can throw it, sir.'”
As a result on this day in 1963, a new requirement, which would actually take effect that fall, was handed down that all NC State Air Force ROTC cadets were to carry M-14 rifles during scheduled drills.
“We don’t want our cadets to be so ill-prepared in this modern age when anything can happen anytime,” Air Force ROTC officials told The Technician. “Our cadets will be fully equipped. Their rifles will have firing pins, and ammunition will be available at a moment’s notice.”