By Major (RET) Siembor
(Jan. 27, 2017) The first semester of the school year is complete and traditionally it is time for promotions in the Bulldog Battalion.
Although all cadets are eligible traditionally about 30% of the upper class (LET II – LET IV) meets the standards to get promoted. Four of the nine officers have meet the criteria and they are;
* Shelby Taylor and Aaron Roberts both being promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel.
* Shane Skeens was the only senior ranking NCO position; from Sergeant Major to Command Sergeant Major.
All Three of those cadets hold significant positions in the Bulldog Battalion and have distinguished themselves above their peers to be promoted. Two other officers met the difficult requirements to get promoted.
* Brady Crockett, and Westin Hardin were promoted from 2LT to 1LT.
So a hardy congratulations goes out to these fine individuals, Shelby “Double Tap” Taylor, Aaron “Batman” Roberts, Shane “Robin” Skeens, Brady “Reverend” Crockett, and Westin “Hoops” Hardin (fear the beard).
Meeting the difficult challenges of making the grade and getting promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant are;
* Derek “Qlts” Murphy, “Hop-a-long” Cassidy Coburn, and Danny “Dough” Ramey.
The last of the upper LET level promotions are;
* Sebastian “Trace” Adkins, Aaron “Soup” Campbell and Illene “Forward” Newsome. These three were promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.
The promotion criteria for upper cadets are as follows; NCO promotions the cadet must meet high academic standards in JROTC, wear the uniform correctly when required and score a 240 or above on the physical training test. To be promoted to 1SG and CSM one must have high academic standards, wear the uniform correctly when required and score a 265 or above on the physical training test. And to be promoted as an Officer you must maintain the highest academic standards (top ten percent of the class), wear the uniform correctly when required, and score a 275 or above on the physical training test and must perform your staff job in a satisfactory manner.
So if you see any of the above students pat them on the back and congratulate them on a job well done, for they accomplishment more than their peers.
Double Hooah to all.