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Cadets of UCM Fighting Mules BN

Cadet Brant Cross

Cadet Brant Cross came to the University of Central Missouri in Fall of 2013 upon graduating from Wentworth Military College. CDT Cross received a 4 year Army ROTC Scholarship after graduating Trigg County High School in Cadiz, KY. CDT Cross' scholarship requires him to spend two years at Wentworth Military College and then transfer to the University of Central Missouri to complete his degree. While attending University of Central Missouri he is working towards a degree in Criminal Justice. CDT Cross is the Battalion Commander for the corps of cadets for the Army ROTC program at UCM.

Through his years in Army ROTC, CDT Cross has had multiple opportunities to develop himself as a leader, travel, and conduct military training. These include the Leader 1 Course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Ft. Benning, GA; spending a month overseas in Thailand experiencing other Thai culture and training with the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy Cadets. CDT Cross spent a month during the Summer of 2014 at Ft. Bliss, TX. He shadowed a Quatermaster officer while participating in the Army's Cadet Troop Leader Training. CDT Cross has participated in Color Guard, Intermural Sports, and is currently the Commander of UCM's Ranger Challenge team. Upon graduation from UCM, CDT Cross aspires to become an Armor 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 Kenneth Music

Cadet Kenneth Music is originally from Warrensburg, Missouri and graduated from Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California. In High School, Cadet Music was a wrestler for all four years and a member of the Warrior Training Center in Warrensburg, MO., where he learned Ju-Jitsu. After his graduation, he moved back to Missouri and enlisted in The Missouri National Guard as an infantryman. He graduated from Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training from Fort Benning, GA. Upon his return from military training, Cadet Music attended UCM and contracted into the UCM ROTC program. While participating in The UCM Fighting Mules Battalion, he was a member in the Color Guard Team, Cannon Crew team, Bataan Death March Team, and the Ranger Buddy Competition. Cadet Music has attended Air Assault School at Camp Crowder, MO., CULP training where he participated in a mission with his Chilean counterparts by conducting a cultural immersion with their country and attending The Escuela Militar, an Army Military Academy similar to West Point. Cadet Music received the opportunity to train with their Sand Hurst Team while down in Chile. After CULP training, he graduated from Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. during his sophomore year 2014. Cadet Music is currently in his junior year still studying criminal justice and attending Military Science classes. He is striving to commission Active Duty as a combat arms officer.