Corps Update from Commandant as of 1 September 2016

  1.  We conducted FROG Week, Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy and the Pre-Command Course successfully in August.   221 FROGs showed up plus 2 arrived late; therefore, we have 223 new Freshman Cadets.  Note that ZERO FROGS quit!  First time this has happened in a Fall FROG week. Also, we trained 78 sophomores in NCOA and more than 40 cadets in our Pre-Command Course.  We are off to a very good start this year.
  2. The Boar’s Head Brigade is under the command of Cadet Colonel Reed Johnston, a Business major from Forsyth County, Georgia.  The Command Sergeant Major is c/CSM Jesse Henderson.
  3. Corps Strength at end of Week 1, Fall Semester,  was 775.  (748 last year) This means that the Corps grew by approximately one platoon since this time last year. Cadet Recruiting is doing great work under the direction of LTC (Ret) Tony Moss.   We have occupied 98% of all beds that were allocated to us this year. Note: Echo Company did NOT stand up this year.  78 beds on the top floor of Patriot Hall are currently occupied by civilian women students—like last year.   
  4. Some demographics: Ethnic minorities rose from 21.4% last fall to 23.25% this fall.  Women rose from 15% to 17%.   Military Commuters rose from 61 to 71, but this includes all cadets who are currently studying abroad (they are taking Military Science on line).   Average high school GPA of incoming freshmen was 3.37, and the average SAT score was 1095. 
  5. Corps average (cumulative) GPA is currently 3.17, based upon all cadets who took final exams in May, 2016. This reflects a slight increase for four semesters in a row.   
  6. This past summer, the Professor of Military Science sent 124 cadets to Fort Knox for the Cadet Leader Course (CLC).   We also sent 46 to the new Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) for freshmen at Fort Knox.      
  7. Of the 124 cadets that attended CLC, 40 (32%) received the highest performance rating (equivalent to a top block efficiency report), 43 had the second-highest rating  of “most qualified”, 26 were rated as “highly qualified,”  and none were “not qualified.”  This was the best SMC performance in the nation. Our closest competitor had 22 cadets score in the top 15%, and they sent the same number of cadets to CLC that we did. The Military Science Department’s Leadership Development Platoon for camp-bound cadets continues to train leaders rigorously through labs, strenuous physical readiness training, and field training exercises.
  8. This past summer, between June and August, more than 170 cadets received Army instruction, both at Fort Knox and in several foreign countries. Other cadets attended International Military Seminars and conferences or studied abroad in places like Taiwan, China, Poland, Italy, Germany, and more.
  9. Scholarship opportunities for our cadets continue to improve.  This past year, for example, the Peevy Scholarship provided $100,000 for current and prospective cadets to offset the cost of college. Five new scholarships were created this past summer, and the Eagle Fund endowment reached $300,000. Contact Phil Collins if you know of someone who wants to provide educational opportunities to deserving cadets. Phil.Collins@UNG.edu or 706-864-1999.  
  10.  We continue to make progress on the development of the Global Leader Track, which we hope to implement in Fall, 2018.   This track prepares cadets who do not commission to serve in a government or state agency after they complete 8 semesters in the Corps and earn a baccalaureate degree.  Some may take approved leadership courses in lieu of Military Science.
  11. Cadets who participate in 8 semesters of Military Science will continue to earn the Military Leadership Minor, of course, whether they commission or not.       
  12. We now have international military exchange agreements signed with Taiwan, Poland, and  (soon) South Africa.   We also hope to have similar agreements with Austria, Hungary, Estonia and Latvia.  These agreements allow our cadets to study abroad, and give us the opportunity to host cadets from foreign countries on our Dahlonega campus.   (End state for foreign cadets in our Corps  is currently  set at 18, max). Similarly, Saudi Arabia wants to  send us a maximum of 8 cadets in Fall, 2017; their delegation visits UNG in October to work out the details.      
  13. This semester, the Corps is participating in a nutrition study with more than 450 volunteers.  The study will measure the effects of proper nutrition on physical and academic performance; results will be shared with the SMC Community and with the U.S. Army.
  14. Colonel Brent Cummings, Professor of Military Science, has identified 25 Distinguished Military Students  (DMS) who will be honored at a dinner co-hosted by the NGDA and the NGCCA on Saturday night, 10 September.  Thanks to these two organizations for recognizing our most distinguished cadets (and their parents).
  15. Colonel Cummings expects our commissioning mission for Mission Set 2017 to be approximately 90.   U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky,  is now commanded by MG Christopher P. Hughes.  All senior military colleges report to this headquarters.
  16. The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies (ILSS) at UNG is now one year old. Basically, the Commandant, the Professor of Military Science, the Director of Development for the Corps, and the Director of Cadet Recruiting all have reporting channels to Dr. Billy Wells, who serves as the Senior VP for Leadership and Global Engagement.  He is the cabinet level official in charge of military affairs at UNG.   This was done for unity of command, and many improvements and efficiencies  have already been achieved.   The educational opportunities for cadets have expanded. Need more info on the ILSS? Contact: Keith.Antonia@UNG.edu      
  17. Thanks to all alumni and friends who will attend the first ever Boar’s Head Weekend/Military Alumni Weekend on 9-11 September.   We want this annual event to be the key military weekend of the school year, and we especially want all military alumni to “come home” and meet our current cadets.   Thanks to all who will participate in special NETWORKING seminars with our cadets on Saturday, 10 September!   One of the most important things we can do for cadets is to help them find jobs after graduation.  Many cadets will not commission, and those who commission into the Guard or Reserve components after graduation will also need a good job.  Their leadership skills are exactly what most employers are looking for!
  18. TRUTH and WISDOM! As always, thanks for your continued support of the Corps of Cadets.         

 

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