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 SRU Army ROTC Program Recognized with Mission Success Award 




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          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s award-winning Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program has been recognized again for successfully achieving its academic year mission in 2003-04 in commissioning second lieutenants for the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserves and the Army National Guard. The just completed academic year saw 12 cadets receive commissions.

Col. Thomas McCool, commander, 2nd brigade, eastern region, cadet command, visited SRU recently to present SRU President Robert Smith and Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, professor of military science at SRU, the 2004 award, an engraved baseball bat as “Most Valuable Program – Mission Accomplished.”

           Of the 12 second lieutenants commissioned, seven are serving on active duty in the Army and five others are serving with Pennsylvania’s Army National Guard. This is the fourth consecutive year SRU’s ROTC program has reached its commission mission.

           SRU’s ROTC program enrolls 100 cadets. In addition to offering leadership and officer training, the program provides three- and four-year, as well as incentive, scholarship opportunities. In addition to a number of Gen. Douglass MacArthur Awards, proclaiming the unit as “Best Small School” in the region in training Army officers, the SRU ROTC program offers a leadership minor as a means of instilling multiple leadership traits and abilities in cadets. Students make use of an on-campus leadership laboratory to undertake responsibilities for planning and completing missions. The campus program has consistently ranked in the nation’s top 10 percent of all ROTC units.

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