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UTSA Army ROTC surpasses 500 commissionees with class of 2012

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(May 23, 2012) ---Eighteen UTSA students were among the larger group of graduates this month, but these students achieved something extra -- becoming commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. With the commissioning of these cadets, UTSA Army ROTC surpassed 500 commissionees, bringing its total to 517.

Through a combination of physical ability and leadership qualities, the UTSA Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Roadrunner Battalion commissioned the new college graduates as second lieutenants.

UTSA Army ROTC was a detachment of the St. Mary's University Army ROTC program until 1982, when it became an independent ROTC battalion. In recent years, the Roadrunner Battalion has grown to more than 185 cadets from UTSA and Alamo Colleges. The 185 cadets distinguish UTSA as one of the three largest Army ROTC programs in Texas (behind Texas A&M University and Texas Christian University) and one of the 10 largest in the south.

In 2011, more than 6,000 cadets attended the leader development assessment course, Warrior Forge, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In the course, they were tested against peers from across the nation including cadets from West Point. For the second consecutive year, UTSA cadets exceeded every brigade and national average significant statistic measured at the camp. When compared to other schools in Texas, UTSA ranked No. 2.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Scott Sonsalla, professor of military science, UTSA Army ROTC, at 210-458-5632.

 

 

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UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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