Rose-Hulman Army ROTC named nation’s greatest amongst all navy branches

Jan. 25—Rose-Hulman Institute of Expertise’s Army ROTC unit has been named the nation’s high performing collegiate program amongst all navy branches, in accordance to a school information launch.

The institute’s Wabash Battalion ROTC unit has earned the Division of Protection ROTC and Associate Establishment Excellence Award in recognition of being the highest performing collegiate program for the 2021-22 faculty 12 months.

It’s being honored amongst all ROTC Army, Navy and Air Power items at 496 universities and schools throughout the nation.

The Wabash Battalion additionally covers 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 grew to become 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 companion with the excellent professionals at Rose-Hulman to develop the subsequent era of navy leaders,” stated Secretary of Protection Lloyd J. Austin III in asserting the award.

He identified Rose-Hulman’s ROTC unit stood out among the many nation’s greatest school applications for general efficiency, instructional institutional assist and different noteworthy achievements by cadets through the 2021-22 faculty 12 months.

The award was introduced Wednesday throughout a particular campus ceremony on campus at White Chapel.

Making the presentation was Colonel Edwin L. Chilton, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s seventh Brigade, primarily based at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Retired Main Normal James Okay. Gilman, a 1974 Rose-Hulman graduate and former Wabash Battalion ROTC cadet who had a distinguished 35-year navy profession,.

Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons accepted the award on behalf of Rose-Hulman, its board of trustees, college and workers 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 energetic unit in 1917. Its present and previous workers members and cadets have served the institute, Terre Haute neighborhood, and our nation proudly,” Coons stated. The Division of Protection acknowledged the Wabash Battalion’s achievements for readiness coaching and commissioning lieutenants for navy service through the 2020-21 faculty 12 months within the following areas:

* Outperforming 37 peer colleges 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 workouts.

* 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 12 months.

* Organized a commissioning ceremony, navy ball, Daring Warrior Problem, and different leisure actions to construct rapport amongst cadets all through

every faculty 12 months.

* The battalion helps a Junior ROTC program at Terre Haute South Excessive Faculty, has cadets inserting 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 unique Army ROTC applications.

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