Over 900 ROTC Army cadets finished a month-long leadership course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Out of the group, 46 newly minted officers will emerge in a Monday ceremony.
Read the press release issued on Saturday:
JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. – More than 900 Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets will complete the 29-day Leader Development and Assessment Course here this week. Among them are 46 cadets who will have completed all Army requirements for becoming an officer.
The one-hour graduation and commissioning ceremony takes place Monday, July 12, at 9 a.m. on Watkins Field.
Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, the commanding general of U.S. Army Accessions Command, the agency responsible for bringing people into the Army, will be the guest speaker at the event.
The Leader Development and Assessment Course is comprised of leadership exercises, along with the tactical and physical training activities, that U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps uses to assess future Army lieutenants. It is the largest Army training exercise in the country, and is a key step in providing 70 percent of the Army’s officers.
Thousands of college students from around the globe converge here each summer to attend the training. This year, over 6,400 ROTC cadets will attend LDAC in 14 ROTC regiments. Each 450-person regiment will undergo a 29-day cycle of progressive training, culminating in a regimental graduation ceremony. Seven more ceremonies follow through August 6.
LDAC is the single most important event in any cadet’s student career. Successful completion of the 29-day training cycle is prerequisite to commissioning. Last year, 4,500 second lieutenants were commissioned through ROTC.