Army ROTC Unit Named Nation’s Greatest Inside All Army Branches

Rose-Hulman’s Wabash Battalion ROTC unit has earned the distinguished Division of Protection ROTC and Accomplice Establishment Excellence Award in recognition of being the highest performing collegiate program amongst all navy branches for the 2021-22 faculty yr.

Rose-Hulman’s unit is being honored amongst all ROTC Army, Navy and Air Pressure items at 496 universities and schools throughout the nation. The battalion turned the Army’s consultant for nationwide honors after incomes the 2022 MacArthur Award as the highest program within the navy department.

“We’re honored to accomplice with the excellent professionals at Rose-Hulman to develop the following technology of navy leaders,” said Secretary of Protection Lloyd J. Austin III in saying the award. He identified Rose-Hulman’s ROTC unit stood out among the many nation’s finest school packages for general efficiency, academic institutional assist, and different noteworthy achievements by cadets through the 2021-22 faculty yr.

The Division of Protection ROTC and Accomplice Institute Wonderful Award was offered Wednesday, January 25, in a particular campus ceremony within the White Chapel. Making the presentation had been Colonel Edwin L. Chilton, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 7th Brigade, based mostly at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Retired Main Normal James Ok. Gilman, a 1974 Rose-Hulman graduate and former Wabash Battalion ROTC cadet who had a distinguished 35-year navy profession, together with being the previous commanding basic of the Walter Reed Well being Care System in Washington, D.C. 

Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons accepted the award on behalf of Rose-Hulman, its Board of Trustees, school and employees members, and Wabash Battalion leaders and present cadets.

“Rose-Hulman has a proud historical past of supporting the Army ROTC’s Wabash Battalion, turning into an lively unit in 1917. Its present and previous employees members and cadets have served the institute, Terre Haute neighborhood, and our nation proudly,” mentioned the president. “The Army ROTC program instills the robust values that hold our nation robust and ready to fulfill any problem all through the world.” 

The Division of Protection acknowledged the Wabash Battalion’s achievements for readiness coaching and commissioning lieutenants for navy service through the 2020-21 faculty yr within the following areas:

  • Outperforming 37 peer faculties by commissioning 35 officers.
  • Cadets exceeded the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s common in each efficiency metric through the 2021 Cadet Summer time Coaching workout routines.
  • Six cadets ranked within the high 20% nationally and earned distinguished navy graduate honors, 54% of battalion cadets earned high analysis “excellent excellence” studies, and 33% of cadets certified for the distinguished Recondo Badge.
  • Cadets maintained a cumulative 3.19 grade level common for the 2021-22 faculty yr.
  • Organized a Commissioning Ceremony, Army Ball, Daring Warrior Problem, and different leisure actions to construct rapport amongst cadets all through every faculty yr.

Rose-Hulman leads Wabash Battalion that additionally cowl operations at Indiana State College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods School, DePauw College, Vincennes College, College of Southern Indiana, and College of Evansville. The battalion helps a powerful Junior ROTC program at Terre Haute South Excessive College, has cadets putting 10,000 American flags alongside an annual neighborhood memorial path at ISU’s Memorial Stadium, and collaborates with native Marine Corps recruiters to current garments and toys for an annual vacation charity drive.

Rose-Hulman has one of many nation’s authentic Army ROTC packages. Shortly after its founding in 1874, the school hosted a Scholar Army Coaching Corps unit and had an lively function in coaching engineers and mechanics for Army service throughout World Battle I. An official Army ROTC unit turned lively in 1917, after ROTC was approved by the Nationwide Protection Act of 1916, and graduated its first commissioned officers in 1922.

“The whole Division (of Protection) appreciates your college, your school, and the scholars who make our partnership so robust,” Austin said. “Your excellent assist is essential to the training and coaching of the best navy leaders on the planet.”

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