Niagara University student Ethan Froelich was selected from a group of his peers at the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course as the ROTC cadet who best represented the Warrior Ethos, a term coined to reflect the embodiment of a Soldier.
That announcement came during an Aug. 5 graduation and commissioning ceremony for the 446 members of the 13th ROTC regiment who completed the 29-day leadership program. The ceremony was held at Watkins Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The Warrior Ethos is:
- I will always place the mission first.
- I will never accept defeat.
- I will never quit.
- I will never leave a fallen comrade.
Froelich, a senior criminal justice and criminology major at NU from Rome, N.Y., was one of the four cadets honored for individual accomplishments that set them apart from their peers.
The LDAC, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, is held annually at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. LDAC is the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training event and assesses cadets typically between their junior and senior years of college. The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC Cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership skills and to evaluate their officer potential.
Successful completion of LDAC is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC.
The leadership course is one of the final steps for cadets prior to completing the ROTC program and entering the Army as commissioned officers. Cadets that were not commissioned during the ceremony are scheduled to return to their ROTC programs to finish out the commissioning requirements.
For more information on Niagara University’s ROTC program, please visit http://purple.niagara.edu/rotc.