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UNI ROTC cadets attend advanced leadership training

September 23, 2003

Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, Department of Military Science, (319) 273-6220
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets were recently among 4,093 cadets from across the nation who attended the National Leadership Camp (NALC) in Fort Lewis, Wash.

The cadets participated in a 32-day leadership development course required for all ROTC cadets to become officers in the U.S. Army. The camp incorporated a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability.

UNI Cadets Erick Eggers from Marshalltown, Joseph Vogel from Dubuque, and Mariah Schweitzer from Grandview, finished in the top five percent within their platoon of 45. Schweitzer had the top physical fitness score in her regiment of 367 cadets and was UNI's only cadet to receive the RECONDO badge. Other UNI ROTC cadets participating in the advanced cadet leadership training were __(NAME)__, from __(HOMETOWN)__.

According to Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head of UNI's Department of Military Science, NALC is the single most important training event for Army ROTC cadets and National Guard officer candidates. 'The camp challenges were rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically, and tested intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina,' he said. 'These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations.'

Since its inception in 1916, ROTC has provided the Army with more than 500,000 lieutenants. ROTC graduates, from 272 universities and colleges nationwide, enter the active Army, Army Reserves and National Guard each year as second lieutenants. ROTC programs produce 70 percent of the Army's lieutenants annually.

Note: to obtain a list of the cadets, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.