Ohio University graduates and students have been on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 as communities work to connect citizens with needed resources. Second Lieutenant Jonnierah “JonJon” Smith, a 2020 ROTC graduate, helped distribute food at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank as part of an Ohio Army Reserve National Guard mission.
The Bobcat Battalion
Army ROTC at Ohio University has enjoyed a history of excellence since the program began in 1936. The Bobcat Battalion won the 2017 McArthur Award for being one of the top eight ROTC programs out of 275 programs in the United States.
Our Cadets are consistently ranked in the top percentiles among their peers nationwide for summer training and overall campus performance. A large percentage of every Senior Commissioning Class is designated as Distinguished Military Graduates, every year, for graduating in the top 20 percent of all Cadets in the Nation.
Although nationally, roughly 40 percent of Army ROTC Cadets go on to earn an Active Duty commission after graduation from college, it is not uncommon for 60-70 percent of Bobcat Battalion graduates to go on to become Active Duty Officers when they graduate from OHIO.
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Ohio University senior Abby Ludwig was selected to the Army ROTC Top 10 Order of Merit List this fall. Major General John Evans, commander of United States Army Cadet Command which oversees Army ROTC, recognized Ludwig last week as the 10th best Army ROTC cadet in the nation.