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Bobcat Army ROTC ranks among best in nation

Sept. 13, 2007

From staff reports

The Ohio University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps seniors distinguished themselves at a 33-day national Leadership Development Assessment Course this summer at Fort Lewis, Wash. Every year -- including this one -- since 2001, the Bobcat Battalion has exceeded the Cadet Command and Brigade standards on all training events and gained national recognition in several categories. 

"This accomplishment is synonymous with an intercollegiate sports team qualifying to compete in the national championships for seven consecutive years," said Lt. Col. Bill Hauschild, professor of military science. 

Ohio University is the only university in the seventh Brigade, which includes all Ohio and Kentucky universities, to demonstrate such consistent levels of excellence. 

Overall, Ohio Army ROTC cadets averaged a score of 273 out of 300 points on the Army Physical Fitness Test, placing them first in the Brigade and ninth in the nation. The Bobcat Battalion also placed 18th in the nation for first-time pass ratings in land navigation, second in the nation for overall "Excellence" ratings during Patrolling leadership evaluations and scored 100 percent first-time qualifications for basic rifle marksmanship.

Cadets Andrew Barlament, Adam Lacks, Sydney Shesky and Preston Steele earned overall "Excellence" ratings, placing them second in the Brigade and 17th in the nation. Barlament, Shesky and Steele also ranked in the top 5 percent of their platoons, placing Ohio third in the Brigade and 36th in the nation. Steele earned the coveted "Recondo" badge for demonstrated competence in all evaluated training and also made the Commandant's List, an accomplishment attained by less than 5 percent of the more than 4,800 cadets participating in course. 

Eleven Ohio cadets participated in the course, designed to train cadets on military tasks and evaluate their physical fitness, land navigation skills, basic rifle marksmanship skills, and leadership potential. More than 4,800 total Army ROTC students from 273 colleges and universities across the nation participated in this training.

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