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Georgia Southern University ROTC Program Named One of the Best in the Nation

Georgia Southern University’s Army ROTC program has been named one of the best in the nation by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation.

The Eagle Battalion has been honored with the MacArthur Award. The award is given to only eight ROTC battalions nationwide every year. This is the second year in a row that the Eagle Battalion has received the award.

The U.S. Army says the MacArthur Award recognizes the ideals of “duty, honor and country.” The Eagle Battalion represented the Cadet Command’s Sixth Brigade, which is made up of 39 ROTC programs in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

The MacArthur Award is based on a combination of factors including cadets’ performance and how well the ROTC program fulfils its commissioning mission. The Eagle Battalion has contracted 200 members since the spring of 2008.

Eagle Battalion members were told about the honor at their annual awards ceremony on March 31st. During that ceremony, 88 cadets were recognized for having a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The ceremony also recognized cadets who achieved “Iron Eagle” status by scoring 300 or higher on three consecutive Army Physical Fitness tests.

The Eagle Battalion is comprised of students from Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and East Georgia College.

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