Army Cadet Command releases ROTC cadet Order of Merit List

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The U.S. Army Cadet Command, headquartered at Fort Knox, Ky., has named the top 10 Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets on its FY 2015 national Order of Merit List (OML).

The OML ranks all Army ROTC seniors across the nation, with the top 20 percent earning the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate.

This year there were 1,124 Distinguished Military Graduates out of the 5,617 cadets on the list.

Cadets’ OML rankings are determined by a number of criteria, including grade point averages, strong athletic performance on the Army Physical Fitness Test, college athletic participation and performance during college ROTC training and at the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox.

This year the top 10 cadets are:


1. Jonathan Strickland, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.

2. Caitlin Lozano, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

3. Blake Lemmons, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

4. Matthew Horne, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.

5. John Sonza, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Calif.

6. Matthew Gooch, Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C.

7. Nathan Edgar, Washburn University, Topeka, Kan.

8. Jaime Martinez, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.

9. Aaron Goodwin, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.

10. Connor Anderson, University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif.


The mission of U.S. Army Cadet Command is to commission officers to meet the Army’s leadership requirements through the senior ROTC program, and to operate a world-class citizenship program to instill life skills in high school students through Junior ROTC.