ROTC slathers replica M-16s in orange after mistaken active shooter calls

Just to make sure nobody gets the wrong idea: replica rifles at an ROTC unit at George Mason University have gotten the sticky orange tape treatment. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Just to make sure nobody gets the wrong idea: replica rifles at an ROTC unit at George Mason University have gotten the sticky orange tape treatment. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, which has delivered military training at colleges and universities since 1916, has been ordered to tape their guns in high viz orange for safety.

The news, reported by The Washington Post this week, comes after incidents where students and faculty have mistaken drills by cadets with inert guns as dangerous active shooters.

Now, under the orders of Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes, the 250 Army ROTC units and 700 affiliates will conduct on campus training with simulated weapons (using empty hands mimicking carrying guns) while taking extra precautions in transport and storage of inert drill rifles– including applying orange tape.

“Due to the national increase of workplace and campus shootings, our training requires increased coordination, on and off-campus, with appropriate authorities to enhance our safety and minimize misperception by civilian populace or local authorities,” Hughes said in the new policy.

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