Army ROTC wins MacArthur award
The Citadel's Army ROTC program is the distinguished recipient of the 2006 MacArthur Award.
Each year the U.S. Army Cadet Command, the parent organization of the Army ROTC, in conjunction with Norfolk’s Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, presents these awards to honor the top Army ROTC units from around the country.
The Army ROTC battalions selected for the awards were the most successful of Cadet Command’s 273 units in accomplishing their mission of training and commissioning the majority of the lieutenants entering the Army each year. Instituted in 1989, the awards recognize individual units within the Army ROTC program that have achieved the standards that best represent the ideals of the watch words of ‘Duty- Honor-Country’ as practiced by Gen. MacArthur.
The Citadel was selected as the best of the larger battalions.
The Citadel’s Army program has established a close relationship throughout the South Carolina Corps of Cadets by mentoring, educating, and fostering leadership growth. Although the Army Department has been very successful over the past few years with commissioning quality leaders, the program continues to get stronger. Among those who wear the Army’s “Black Badge,” pledging military service after graduation, are members of the Summerall Guards, the regimental commander, a battalion commander, numerous company commanders, key leaders from club sports such as rugby and various varsity athletics, including football, baseball.
This year, the Army Department expects to sign more than 100 cadets to the Leaders Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), which is the certification course to commission as an Army officer. This year's goal is also to commission 78 officers, the largest commissioning class since 1989.
Col. Cardon B. Crawford, the battalion’s command officer and professor of military science, attributed much of the unit's success to the military instructors who come from multiple branches of the Army and are integrated as leaders and mentors in the daily operation of the Corps of Cadets.
“Our efforts are aimed towards upholding The Citadel’s reputation as a leading producer of principled leaders for the nation,” Crawford said. “This award lets us know that we are on the right track.”
Since the establishment of the MacArthur Foundation awards in 1916 more than 500,000 men and women have become officers through Army ROTC.