Loyola University Army ROTC cadet is ranked #8 in the nation
Each Fall Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) ranks graduating senior cadets from around the country. These cadets are listed through the Order of Merit List (OML). This year Kevin T. Filip, an Army ROTC cadet from Loyola University Chicago earned the number eight position in the prestigious top 10, out of 5,478 graduating cadets. OML rankings are determined by a number of criteria, including grade point averages, Army physical fitness test performance, leadership skill in ROTC training, and overall performance at the Leader Development and Assessment Course.
Cadet Filip is scheduled to graduate in May 2014 with a degree in Physics. He also started up Loyola’s Ranger Challenge team (the “intercollegiate sport” of Army ROTC), and completed the spring 2013 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. In addition, he graduated from the Army’s Airborne School the summer between his freshman and sophomore years at Loyola. In his free time he tutors other Loyola students in physics, math, and military science; holds two work-study jobs on campus; and plays intramural basketball and soccer.
Lt. Col. Christopher Clay, Loyola University’s Professor of Military Science, noted that along with all that activity, Filip is the first cadet Battalion Commander of Loyola’s Army ROTC battalion, and was instrumental in helping the cadre increase from 25 cadets to approximately 80. Congratulations to Cadet Filip on this honor.