East and Strong Vincent ROTC units earn Army's highest honors
Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 9/18/2014 4:50:00 AM
ERIE, Pa. (September 18, 2014) — The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) units at Erie's East High School and Strong Vincent High School have earned the highest possible honors from the United States Army.
As a result of the Army's reviews, both units have been awarded the "Honor Unit with Distinction" designation.
For East High School, this accomplishment marks the 22nd consecutive year that the Warrior Battalion has earned "Honor Unit with Distinction."
Strong Vincent High School's ROTC unit has earned the Army's highest designation for 20 consecutive years.
“We could not be more proud of these cadets and our ROTC programs,” said Dr. Jay Badams, Superintendent of Erie's Public Schools. “Consistently earning this level of recognition by the United States Army speaks to the dedication and commitment of our cadets, their instructors, their schools and families.”
During the formal Army reviews, cadets are evaluated on what they have learned while participating in the ROTC program. The review includes a staff briefing, knowledge assessment, and inspection of the cadets’ staff areas and functions, as well as a drill and ceremony.
The programs were also evaluated on the strength of their official Unit Reports, detailing participation rates, competition results, community service, color guard presentations and physical fitness tests.
The designation also gives the schools’ ROTC instructors the authority to nominate cadets to any of the US Military Service Academies, an authorization similar to members of the US Congress. Cadets will also wear a yellow star insignia on their uniforms this year to recognize their unit's designation.