Lexington, VA - The U.S. Army Cadet Command announced today that Virginia Military Institute's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) department has won one of eight MacArthur Awards for school year 2012-2013.
The awards, presented by Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of, "duty, honor and country" as advocated by MacArthur.
The VMI battalion represents Cadet Command's First Brigade, which consists of the nation's six senior military colleges and five of the military junior colleges.
The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school's commissioning mission and its cadets' performance and standing on the Command's national Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.
Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards annually since 1989.