Army ROTC cadre members inducted into Audie Murphy Club
Citadel Army ROTC instructors Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Webster and Sgt. 1st Class Keith Polidoro have been inducted into the prestigious Audie Murphy Club after completing a rigorous selection process.
The Audie Murphy Club was created by the U.S. Army in 1986, to recognize noncommissioned officers (sergeants) who have displayed the integrity, professionalism, commitment to mentoring their soldiers and for their outstanding leadership abilities and personal ethics as exemplified by Murphy. In 1994, the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club spread Army-wide, to all commands.
The club is named for Audie Murphy, who enlisted in the Army before he even turned 18 years old and later became the most decorated soldier of World War II. After military service Murphy went on to become a Hollywood actor in 44 feature films spanning 25 years.
Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Riley, the senior non-commissioned officer with The Citadel’s Army ROTC program, said that only NCOs whose leadership, achievements and performance merit special recognition may be recommended by their chain of command for entry into the club. To earn the reward of membership, soldiers must then demonstrate to a selection board of Command Sergeants Major that they excel beyond their peers in the Army physical fitness test, weapon qualification, proficiency testing on several weapon systems, a map reading exam, day and night land navigation, a written essay, and a presentation on subjects determined by the selection board.
“All board members voted that these two highly motivated and highly dedicated soldiers should be welcomed into the esteemed Audie Murphy Club,” Riley said. “This is an immeasurable accomplishment for these two professionals and we say to them – job well done.”