I was visiting an (unnamed) college campus this past weekend (great tailgate and football game). During my visit I had the opportunity to chat with some NROTC MIDN. They related a somewhat humorous, and yet sad and serious story to me. Evidently one new freshman decided to show up for PT on Friday totally drunk. One of the Staff Sergeants determined he was drunk and brought the kid before the gaggle of officers who were present and chatting prior to the start of PT. The kid confessed to being drunk and burst out in tears. He was made to stand at attention throughout PT (I'm sure, among other things, to avoid his getting hurt) and the MSgt (former DI) spent his PT time in this kids face. (I would not like to be on the receiving end of that monologue). The way the rest of the unit heard of this was seeing this scene of the student at attention and the former DI in his face and asking one another what that was all about. I can just see the eyes rolling. On the serious side, the other MIDN were amazed that this kid would show up drunk. On the more humorous side, they were amazed that this kid was "stupid enough" to show up drunk. They explained he should have taken an unexcused absence and gotten reamed for that instead of showing up drunk. Obviously there will be a Performance Review Board (PRB). Of course the outcome is unknown at this time, but it is obvious there will at least be a serious consequence for this MIDN 4/C and perhaps, if not probably, dismissal. So much for HIS scholarship. During the conversation a tale from last semester came up about two freshman MIDN who showed up for color duty, in uniform of course, drunk. They, of course, are no longer in ROTC. Bottom Line: If you're in ROTC and not of legal drinking age, do NOT drink. If you are (or are not) of legal drinking age, do NOT show up for any event drunk. How can people be so stupid!