Colorado State University - Pueblo ROTC Cadet named one of nation’s top 10
FORT KNOX, Ky. – An Army ROTC cadet studying at Colorado State University-Pueblo has been named one of the nation’s top 10 Distinguished Military Graduates. Dacren Walker, son of Clint and Gale Walker of Cortez, Colo., and a graduate of Montezuma Cortez High School, captured the number two spot in the prestigious top 10, out of more than 5,600 cadets following the release of the national Order of Merit List (OML).
The OML ranks all Army ROTC seniors across the nation, with the top 20 percent earning the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate. In 2011, 1,129 cadets were named Distinguished Military Graduates. A cadet’s positioning on the OML determines his or her priority in being chosen for the limited number of active duty positions and increases his or her chance at getting the branch of occupational specialty of choice.
Cadets are ranked on the OML by achieving superior grade point averages, strong athletic performance in the Army physical fitness test and college athletic participation, proving their worth as exceptional leaders in their college ROTC training, and their performance at the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside Tacoma, Wash.
Walker is a senior sociology (criminology) major and expects to graduate in May, 2012. He is completing his Army ROTC training through the battalion coordinated by the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.
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