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Cadets of UCM Fighting Mules BN

Cadet Brian Kennison

Cadet Brian Kennison came to the University of Central Missouri in 2010 upon graduating from Moberly High School and receiving a 4 year Army ROTC Scholarship. While attending the University of Central Missouri, he is working towards a degree in Corporate Fitness with a minor in Military Science. CDT Kennison is the former Battalion Commander for the corps of cadets for the Army ROTC program at UCM.

While attending UCM and participating in Army ROTC, CDT Kennison has had multiple opportunities to develop himself as a leader, travel, and conduct military training. These include graduating from the US Army’s Airborne School in Ft. Benning, GA; spending a month overseas in Portugal experiencing other cultures and training with multiple components of the Portuguese military. CDT Kennison has also participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March, Intermural Sports, Push-up and Cannon Crew, Color Guard, and has been on UCM’s First Place Ranger Challenge team every year he has been at UCM. Upon graduation from UCM, CDT Kennison is becoming and Infantry officer in the Active Duty component of the Army.

Cadet Jesslyn Clark

My name is Cadet Jesslyn Clark I am a 20 year old junior at the University of Central Missouri. I currently maintain a 300 plus P.T. score and a 4.0 GPA. I have been a cadet in the Fighting Mules Battalion for the past two years and can honestly say it has been a great time. I have made many friends in the battalion and the university as a whole. I chose UCM because I really wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement as well as the Army and UCM just so happened to have one of the best Criminal Justice departments in the nation. Another appealing aspect was the size of the R.O.T.C Battalion; it is small which allowed me to have hands on learning my freshman year and also to be included in other events throughout the year. So far my favorite parts have been the Ranger Challenge and Ranger Buddy competitions. I have learned a lot in R.O.T.C but I have found those competitions go into greater detail about specific aspects of the army and it has been a great way to make friends. During the of summer 2014 I participated in a Military to Military mission in Kosovo through a program called CULP offered through the R.O.T.C department. In sum the University of Central Missouri as well as its R.O.T.C department has been extremely beneficial to me and I am glad I chose this school for my college education.          


Cadet Bobby Smith

My name is Cadet Robert Smith.  I came to UCM’s ROTC program because of the great benefits and the great people here.  I have learned more about leadership and responsibility here than I ever could have somewhere else.  I have been able to compete with the ranger challenge team, and we have won the task force competition 2 years in a row.  I have had the opportunity to compete with a partner at the ranger buddy competition.  I even got an opportunity to go on a short deployment through the CULP program to the country of Lithuania, where I worked as an advisor teaching English to the Lithuanian military.  ROTC is a lot of hard work, but it is well worth it.  I have been given a full scholarship that pays for my tuition, fees, and books.  I have also been given a room and board scholarship that pays for a dorm room and a meal plan.  I have been able to get in shape, push myself mentally and physically, grow as a person, develop leadership skills, and go to school for free.  I highly encourage anyone interested to come to UCM and give our ROTC program a try. 


Cadet Ruthanne Owens

I came to UCM Fall of 2010 and joined the UCM ROTC Fighting Mules Battalion Fall of 2011. Since joining the Army ROTC program, I have gained valuable experience and training in what it means to be both a follower and a leader. In the ROTC program I have had many opportunities to grow and expand my skills and knowledge. Summer of 2012, I was selected to go for the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program. This gave me the chance to get deployed on a humanitarian mission to Costa Rica, where I was able to help build up schools and community centers in the local villages, as well as teach children English. This gave me valuable experience in how to work with foreign countries and leaders in the local communities.

UCM Army ROTC has also given me the chance to go to Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Summer of 2013 I was able to get a slot in the Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) program with a Civil Affairs unit at Fort Bragg. I was able to train with a captain and gain experience in leading soldiers in PT, giving Area Briefings on foreign countries, jumping out of a UH-60, and participating in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) training. I also learned all about the functions of a Civil Affairs unit and the missions they complete that are necessary to the success of the United States Army. In December of 2014 I will graduate and commission with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Wherever I go, I know I am well prepared because of the training and experience I have gained from the UCM ARMY ROTC program.