WMU ROTC outperforms others at leadership training program

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WMU ROTC cadets recognized for excellence

KALAMAZOO—The Western Michigan University Army ROTC was recognized for the quality of its training program at this year’s Leadership Development and Assessment Course held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle.

The Bronco Battalion was the top program in Michigan based on the individual performances of cadets and it was one of the top two programs in the five-state region of Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

The LDAC program includes 29 days of training during the summer; 17 WMU ROTC cadets took part in the rigorous program.

The Bronco Battalion and cadets from around the country participated in land navigation tests, the Army Physical Fitness test, land and water obstacle courses and situational training exercises. Cadets receive advanced leadership training as well. Those who achieve standards in designated events are awarded the Recondo badge.

Points of pride

  • The Bronco Battalion finished in the top spot of 273 programs represented in Recondo at the LDAC. Recondo is a special program that trains cadets in reconnaissance and standard infantry skills.
  • 53 percent of the WMU ROTC cadets received the Recondo badge--more than any other program.
  • The Bronco Battalion finished in the top 10 percent nationally in two major categories, finishing fourth in Peer Rating and 17th in Platoon Top 5.

“The WMU ROTC program gives students the opportunity to pursue their interests while maintaining a high standard. Cadets can participate in study abroad programs, and have advanced experiences in leadership and clinical nurses training,” says Lt. Col. Decker B. Hains, chairman of the Department of Military Science.

WMU has a tradition of producing some of the finest officers, dating back to 1950 when the ROTC program was established here. It consistently ranks among the top programs nationally.

For more information about the WMU ROTC, visit wmich.edu/rotc.