University of Vermont

UVM Army ROTC Tops 23 Universities and Colleges from the Northeast

ROTC cadets

Cadet Bradley Patnaude Receives Top Male Physical Fitness Award.

This past weekend, ten Cadets from the University of Vermont's Green Mountain Battalion competed in the annual two day ROTC competition known as the Ranger Challenge. The purpose of the Ranger Challenge Program is to challenge cadets in tough mental and physical competition, enhance leader development, develop team cohesion and develop healthy competition among the nation's ROTC programs. Some of the events include: conducting an army physical fitness test, disassembling and assembling weapons, conducting military operations in an urban terrain, first aid, and building and crossing a rope bridge.

The University of Vermont, Green Mountain Battalion earned first place in their Division and second place overall out of 23 schools. During their successful bid for the top spot, UVM ROTC produced the top male physical fitness score (out of 230 Cadets); Cadet Bradley Patnaude completed 126 push-ups in two minutes, 116 sit-ups in two minutes and ran two miles in 12:30. The team, consisting of 10 cadets, also placed first overall in the rope bridge competition and first place in the most grueling event, the 10 kilometer road march carrying 35 pounds of gear.

The UVM ROTC program, currently with 90 cadets, traces its roots to 1865 as part of the Morrill Land Grant, which created the University of Vermont as we know it today. There are more than 270 ROTC programs across the nation which commission approximately 6,000 officers per year. UVM ROTC is hosted at the University of Vermont and also includes: Champlain College, St Michael's College, Middlebury College, Johnson State College, Castleton State College, and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Upon graduation from ROTC, cadets earn active duty, National Guard, or Army Reserves commissions. UVM currently enrolls 90 cadets, 65 percent of whom receive full scholarships. The program boasts an elite alumni consisting of six general officers, including the commander of the Vermont National Guard, Major General Michael Dubie. In addition, four 2009 graduates are currently serving in the Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard's 86th Brigade Combat Team (Second Lieutenants Charlie Flood, Sabin Clark, Joseph Phelan, and Will Reina).

The 2010 UVM ROTC Ranger Challenge team consists of: Captains: Bradley Patnaude (Sr), Warner Clark (Sr).  Travis Gerbatsch (Sr), Jill Bardon (Jr), Ryan Finnerty (Jr), Dallas Apotheker (Jr), Brian Hamel (Jr), Patrick Wright (Jr), Brian Hammel (Jr), Matt DeMenna (Fr), Ryan O'Leary (Fr), and alternate Andrew Stillman (So).