Xavier ROTC cadets are ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation as Distinguished Military Graduates

There are 5,643 cadets in the nation earning recognition as Distinguished Military Graduates | October 24, 2011

Three ROTC cadets of Xavier’s All For One Battalion rank in the top 10 percent in the nation among 5,643 cadets, earning recognition as Distinguished Military Graduates.

David Harper is ranked No. 67 in the nation. He is from Liberty Township near Cincinnati and is a senior majoring in international business with a minor in French.

Bradley Martin is ranked No. 251. A native of Union, Ky., he is in Xavier’s Honors Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in political science with a minor in international studies.

Jordan Marks is ranked No. 268. He is from Palmyra, Mich., and is a senior majoring in theology.

Yearly, the U.S. Army Cadet Command establishes a National Order of Merit List for all cadets to be commissioned in that fiscal year. The score is based on GPA, Army physical fitness test scores, and leadership development and assessment testing. The score helps determine which branch of the Army the cadets will be assigned to, their selection for active or reserve duty or graduate study such as law or medical school, and their selection for awards and recognition. In order to be designated Distinguished Military Graduates, cadets must place among the top 20 percent of all cadets.

Twenty-five percent of cadets in Xavier’s All for One Battalion achieved an Overall Excellent Rating in the Leadership Development Assessment Course at Fort Lewis this summer. The national average among battalions was 14 percent. Cadets Harper, Martin, and Marks also received this rating, along with Lillian Hague and Nathan Quinn.

Hague, from Hampton Bays, N.Y., is a senior in the nursing program at Xavier. Quinn, of Cincinnati, is a senior at Miami University majoring in broadcasting.

“The efforts and accomplishments of these cadets and the entire battalion is a testament to the hard work, dedication and extensive training they all undergo,” said Lt. Col. Shane Ousey, professor of military science at Xavier. “It is truly a team effort that results in these dynamic individual results.”