Six senior cadets from Cameron University’s Comanche Battalion, Cameron’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, are ranked among the top 10 percent of Army ROTC students in the nation, according to the National Order of Merit (OML) list. The OML, released by U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC), lists 5,580 cadets considered from across the nation. Cameron cadets earning placement in the top 10 percent are Ariel T. Bergeron, Lawton; Briar C. Bohach, Mustang; Patrick T. Hornsby, Geronimo; James T. Howarth, Port Orange, Fla.; Ebony Q. Starr, Lawton; and Joshua C. Wood, Lawton.
Nine Cameron cadets – the six previously listed as well as Derrick R. Bieller, Elgin; Christian S. Gordon, Lawton; and Cody M. Jones, Mustang - are classified as Distinguished Military Graduates (ranking within the top 25 percent in the nation).
Standing is determined by academic GPA, which accounts for 40 percent of each cadet’s score, and leadership performance, which accounts for 60 percent. Factors assessed in the leadership portion are derived from each cadet’s performance at the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) and include leadership performance, overall LDAC evaluation, physical fitness and experienced based observations which includes cadet training, extracurricular activities, and participation in language/cultural awareness activities.
USACC is responsible for the Army’s senior ROTC programs at 273 host campuses and more than 1,100 affiliated schools nationwide. USACC produces 60% of the Army’s new officers each year.
Of Cameron’s 21 cadets, 17 will enter active duty upon commissioning, and four will enter the Army Reserve or National Guard upon commissioning
Cadets in CU’s Comanche Battalion must meet rigorous physical fitness demands, achieve satisfactory evaluations in leadership skills, support the community through various service-related activities, and, as a senior, serve as a mentor to junior class members, all while maintaining a minimum overall GPA of 2.0, a 3.0 in military science, and a 3.2 or above for competitive active duty positions. Cameron’s current seniors had an average GPA of 3.45 at the time of accessions.
For information about Cameron University’s Army ROTC program, contact the George D. Keathley Department of Military Science at 580-581-2344.
October 9, 2012