Xavier Army ROTC Commissions 16 Cadets
The Xavier University Army ROTC Program will commission sixteen cadets into the United States Army Officer Corps as Second Lieutenants on May 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the University’s Cintas Center. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Ten cadets will commission into the active Army; three will commission into the United States Army Reserve; and three will commission into the Army National Guard, including two into the Ohio Army National Guard. Three additional Xavier University cadets will be recognized for completing the on-campus ROTC curriculum and will commission upon completion of the Leadership, Development, and Assessment Course, at Fort Lewis, Washington in July.
Sixteen of these senior student-cadets will graduate from Xavier University this summer. The remaining cadets will graduate from Miami University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Northern Kentucky University, respectively. The Xavier University Army ROTC 2008 Commissioning Class will serve in ten different career fields: Air Defense Artillery, Aviation, Infantry, Military Intelligence, Military Police, Nurse, Ordnance, Signal, Transportation, and Quartermaster.
The guest speaker during the ceremony is 1983 Xavier alumnus, Colonel Robert C. Whaley, Chief of Concepts, Development, and Integration, U.S. Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Virginia.
Xavier University first offered military instruction in 1877. Xavier ROTC has a number of distinguished alumni, including five general officers. Since 1991, Xavier's ROTC program has received the General MacArthur Unit Award seven times. This identifies the top ROTC units among the 272 programs across the United States, and is based on an assessment of each program, including training, performance, and cadet academic grade point average.