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Five ISU ROTC seniors are in the top 4 percent of 4100 senior cadets nationwide. Lanea Sudweeks, Watertown, S.D., (ranked 38); James Johnson, Nevada, (ranked 58); Mark Conway, Cedar Falls (ranked 150); Mark Sudweeks, Glenwood, (ranked 71); and Matt Slykhuis, Cedar Falls, (ranked 130). (A print- quality image is available from Teddi Barron (515) 294-4778; firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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Cyclone ROTC Battalion is nation's third highest in cadet average ranking
AMES, Iowa --Thanks to high scores in everything from academic grades and leadership development to marksmanship and land navigation, the Cyclone ROTC Battalion at Iowa State University is ranked among the nation's elite.
The battalion and individual cadets have earned the following honors based on cadet grades, physical fitness evaluations and performance at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course.
The battalion, which includes 85 student cadets from Iowa State, Drake University and Grand View College, ranked third after Notre Dame and the University of Michigan.
"It is quite an achievement for these cadets," said Lt. Col. Lawrence Braue, professor and chair of military science. "They take their jobs and leadership development very seriously. They understand the importance of leadership - not just in the Army, but in life as a whole."
The five ISU seniors in the top four percent in the U.S. and their national rankings are:
The 33-day Leadership Development Assessment Course, held at Fort Lewis, Wash., is designed to develop and evaluate the cadets in between their junior and senior years, said 2nd Lt. Kami Irlmeier, Gold Bar Recruiter.
Also known as Warrior Forge, the course is considered the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet or National Guard officer candidate. It incorporates a range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability.
"The course challenges them mentally and physically and tests common sense, intelligence and stamina," Irlmeier said. "They're put into leadership positions and get an awareness of combat situations. Then they are evaluated."
The cadets are also evaluated on physical fitness, weapons training, communication, and other military skills such as combat water survival training and land navigation courses.
ISU cadets earned the highest performance evaluation averages in all categories in the Leadership Development Assessment Course:
One ISU cadet, Matt Slykhuis, finished first in his LDAC regiment of 380 cadets. He earned perfect scores in three categories-physical fitness, land navigation and all leadership evaluations.
"That's a huge accomplishment," Irlmeier said.
As part of his recognition, Slykhuis received an Army officer saber (curved ceremonial sword), a plaque, medal and an Army commendation.
"These cadets deserve their high rankings-they are really, really good," Braue said. "They are capable of responsibilities way above their ages. I'd take any one of them to work with me anywhere."
ISU ROTC senior cadet Matt Slykhuis, Cedar Falls, received an Army officer saber in recognition of his first place finish in a regiment of 380 cadets in the Leadership Development Assessment Course. (A print-quality image is available from Teddi Barron (515) 294-4778; firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Cyclone ROTC Battalion at Iowa State University is ranked among the nation's elite. The battalion and individual cadets have earned the following honors based on cadet grades, physical fitness evaluations and performance at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course.
"They take their jobs and leadership development very seriously. They understand the importance of leadership -- not just in the Army, but in life as a whole."
Lt. Col. Lawrence Braue, professor and chair of military science