This summer, the Xavier University Army ROTC Program will send Cadet Dakota Strugarek to Romania as part of the U.S. Army’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program. The program provides cadets with a 30-day experience in a different country to gain an understanding of different cultures they could find themselves in as officers.
Cadet Strugarek is from Erie, MI (48133). The son of Robert and Lisa Strugarek, currently he is a sophomore at Xavier majoring in psychology with a minor in philosophy.
The U.S. Army’s CULP Program is highly competitive and prepares Cadets for cultural immersion through academic projects and missions and leadership development. Immersion exposes them to the realities that other countries have vastly different lifestyles, economic standing and world perspective. Trips typically involve approximately 20 Cadets and a cadre member traveling with a civilian agency or non-governmental agency. They last approximately one month, which includes the deployment as well as a five-day Soldier readiness process. CULP slots take into account several factors, such as GPA, physical fitness, and an essay.
Xavier University first offered military instruction in 1877. Xavier ROTC has a number of distinguished alumni, including six general officers. Since 1991, Xavier's ROTC program has received the General MacArthur Unit Award eight times. This identifies the top ROTC units among all across the United States, and is based on an assessment of each program, including training, performance, and cadet academic grade point average.