At Centre College’s 192nd Commencement ceremonies held in May, Nathan Adams ’15 not only received a bachelor of arts degree in economics but also was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.
Centre students may participate in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs of either the U.S. Army or U.S. Air Force through a partnership with the University of Kentucky. Two-year and four-year programs are available, and most courses are offered on the University of Kentucky campus. Winners of competitive three-and four-year Army or Air Force ROTC scholarships receive, in addition to their support from the Army or Air Force, room and board coverage for the period of the ROTC experience. Students may be eligible for additional scholarships or financial aid.
According to Allen Back, recruiting operations officer at UK Army ROTC, the requirements are rigorous. Adams was dual-enrolled at Centre and in ROTC, where he completed all of the course requirements for his B.A. from Centre in addition to nine ROTC course requirements—the equivalent of 24 academic hours. He also completed the Army’s intensive, five-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox in 2014 and maintained the required physical fitness standards.
Master Sergeant Kenneth Begley, who serves the Army Reserve as an instructor for the Senior ROTC at Centre, has high praise for Adams.
“Adams was considered one of the highest-rated cadets to be commissioned in some time, not just from Centre but also the University of Kentucky and five satellite colleges where the Army Reserve supervises the ROTC program,” Begley says. “He not only had a 4.0 GPA in his ROTC courses but received one of the few ‘excellent’ ratings I have ever seen in almost 12 years at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course.”
Adams has been assigned to the 290th Military Police Brigade as an officer with the Finance Corps with the Army Reserve unit in Nashville, Tenn.
by Cindy Long
June 16, 2015