USF Army ROTC in Top 3% Nationally

TAMPA, Fla. (March 10, 2009) – The University of South Florida Army ROTC program received the MacArthur Award in recognition of the battalion’s excellence in 2008.  The USF Army ROTC battalion was one of only eight programs among 273 nationwide to earn the award, placing it in the top three percent of all U.S. Army ROTC programs and first in the 6th Brigade, which comprises 40 colleges in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico.


The award is presented to the top battalions that exceed commissioning goals for the year.  USF produced 27 commissioned officers and two nurses, well over its requirement of 18 officers and one nurse.  Individual ROTC cadets also placed very high in order of rank, which is a ranking scale similar to class ranking.


“This award recognizes three years of hard work from everyone in the battalion.  The work starts with the recruiting operations officer, faculty, and our student cadets introducing prospects to the program, and ends when the faculty and Cadre pin the gold bar of a 2nd Lieutenant on their collars at graduation,” said Lt. Col. Jim Botters, military science professor at USF.  “Our team could not have accomplished this without the tremendous support we receive from USF, the Joint Military Leadership Center and our six partnership schools in the Tampa Bay area.


Also earning the MacArthur Award were Austin Peay State University, The Citadel, University of New Hampshire, Georgetown University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Cameron University and University of Hawaii.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs