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New Mexico State University Army ROTC nationally recognized

The U.S. Army Cadet Command has placed the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment of NMSU in the top 15 percent of all ROTC programs in the country.

. David Abbott, professor of military science and head of the Army ROTC program at NMSU, said he was pleasantly surprised by the ranking. "I knew we were doing well, but I am gratified to know that we are doing that well," he said.

Abbott attributes the success of the cadets to the university, which provides them with "a fine education;" his cadre, which recruits, trains and prepares the cadets to be leaders in the U.S. Army; and the ROTC Alumni Association, which provides acknowledgment, financial support and informal advice.

The recognition would not have been possible without the sustained support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the university as whole, said Abbott. "No matter where we go on campus, the students, faculty and staff of New Mexico State welcome us and help us succeed," he said.

Although the Army rotates its personnel every 2-3 years, Abbott is confident that the legacy left by officers, the procedures they put in place and the support of the university will ensure that the program continues on its successful track.

Austin Craig
March 29, 2006