UNA Pressroom

University Of North Alabama Rotc Named "top Program" 2016

Oct. 10, 2016

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Bryan Rachal, University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala. - The University of North Alabama's Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program is the best of the best according to the 6th Brigade, United States Army Cadet Command! UNA Army ROTC was awarded the"Top Program" award for 2016 in the medium category of schools, which includes military schools that commission between 15 and 18 Second Lieutenants per fiscal year.

Col. Nelson Kraft, commander of the 6th Brigade, United States Army Cadet Command, presented UNA with the award, which is given to the best Army ROTC program in the Brigade as determined by the Brigade Command team. The award is based on measurable, objective criteria that include physical, academic, leadership and efficiency categories.

"The success of this program is directly related to the amount of positive energy, effort and commitment of our student cadets and amazing staff," said Lt. Col. W. Cochran Pruett, professor of Military Science at UNA. "That energy, effort and commitment has been significantly reinforced by the tireless support given by this great University team. I am truly proud to be a small part of this outstanding group of leaders,"he said.

All Army ROTC programs throughout the southeast U.S. compete for the "Top Program" award. The 6th Brigade consists of approximately 30 programs in the medium category in states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.

Pruett said that in 2014 UNA Army ROTC was asked to meet specific Department of Defense criteria in order to sustain the program and this award shows the effort has paid off.

"Through the consistent and aggressive efforts of the University of North Alabama team, the ROTC program has seen unparalleled success over the past two years," he said. "This is a result of the significant contributions and commitments of the University administration, alumni and community."

Pictures can be found here: https://www.una.edu/pressroom/2016/10/index.html

For more information on UNA Army ROTC: https://www.una.edu/rotc/


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA also operates a renowned collegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.