Wentworth Military College Army ROTC Cadets Selected to Overseas Immersion Program

Thirteen Wentworth Military College Cadets to Travel the Globe

 Thirteen Army ROTC cadets at Wentworth Military College have been selected to deploy overseas in support of the Army’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program.

The cadets chosen will travel to 10 different strategically important countries around the world.

According to the Army Cadet Command website, “The Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Now more than ever, cultural awareness training is a vital component to the ROTC curriculum. Overseas immersions help educate future leaders in ways the classrooms cannot.”

The cadets that were selected and the countries they will visit are as follows: Cadets Johnny Arroyo, of Zion, Ill., to Romania; Michael Coleman, of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to Ukraine; Brant Cross, of Cadiz, Kent. and Rico Gonzales, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, to Thailand; Lawrence Hagler, of Newark, N.J., to Rwanda; Samuel Kolkow, of Huntsville, Utah, to Jordan; Joseph Moreland, of Whiteman AFB, to Burkina Faso; Emmanuel Nyarko, of Newark, N.J., to Benin; Mickey Shelton, of Ruthledge, Tenn., to Vietnam; Maumagasiva Sou, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, to Poland; Eugene Stayt, of Linden, Mich., to the Republic of Georgia; Carlos Wiley, of Belcamp, Md., Thailand; and Ben Zielinski, of Columbus, Ohio, to the  Republic of Georgia.

“The Army ROTC program at Wentworth Military College strives to develop our cadets to become future Army leaders that are confident, adaptive, and competent,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Perry,  Army ROTC Professor of Military Science at Wentworth Military College. “Through their training and development, our cadets are enabled to appreciate the full complexity of 21st century warfare in this highly competitive and challenging contemporary operating environment.”

Thirteen cadets being selected for the Army Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency is a large increase as only two cadets were selected in the 2011-12 academic year.

The selection process begins with a cadet’s application and endorsement by the Army ROTC Professor of Military Science. Part of the application process allows the cadet to provide a preference of which regional combatant commands’ area of responsibility they would like to experience.

An order of merit list is generated for each specific geographic area and deployment assignments are then awarded to each respective cadet.

The increase in numbers demonstrates the quality and motivation of the cadets at Wentworth Military Academy and College according to the ROTC Professor of Military Science.

“To me, this indicates that our cadets are motivated to become culturally astute Army leaders and diplomats that represent the United States of American throughout the world,” said Lt. Col. Perry. “These cadets’ future opportunities will be significantly broader as they will become knowledgeable of the culture in another part of the world.”

Wentworth Military Academy and College is a private co-educational military high school and two-year college. For 9th-12th graders, Wentworth provides an exemplary college-prep education, which builds self-discipline and self-confidence.  In college, small class sizes and personal interaction with faculty allow our traditional and military students to achieve success in academics and in life.  Wentworth is one of only five military junior colleges in the country to offer a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army after just two years of college.

Wentworth is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Anyone wishing to learn more about Wentworth Military College may contact the Public Relations Office at (660) 259-2221 or email Major Kevin Farley at kfarley@wma.edu. 


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