Bragging Rights: Army ROTC Cadet Bests Peers in Physical Test

Posted: July 9, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: July 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Patrick Connelly. Photo courtesy of Patrick Connelly

Mason junior Patrick Connelly recently finished ahead of 450 other Army ROTC cadets in the two-mile run on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) held as part of cadet training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, according to a news release issued by the base.

Connelly ran the two-mile event in 11 minutes and 6 seconds, placing him first among his cadet peers. His finish also gave him the one of the fastest times turned in to date this summer.

This test is designed to measure the aerobic and leg muscle endurance of the participant. In order to score the maximum 100 points in this event, a male participant must run the course in 13 minutes or less.

Each cadet must pass the APFT on their fourth day of training; passing the test is a prerequisite for becoming commissioned as a U.S. Army lieutenant.

Thousands of college students from around the globe converge at the base each summer to attend Army ROTC’s capstone training and assessment exercise, the 29-day Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

This year, more than 6,400 ROTC cadets will attend LDAC. Successful completion of the training cycle is prerequisite to commissioning. Last year, 4,500 second lieutenants were commissioned through ROTC.

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