Army ROTC Buckeye Alumni,

Happy Thanksgiving! The Buckeye Battalion has a lot to be thankful for this month.

Some of you may have heard me say that The Ohio State University Army ROTC’s mission is to have a better program than that school up north. Well, the 2014-15 results are in and we’ve blown them away just like the football team is going to do this weekend.

State of the Corps of Cadets. We have 189 enrolled cadets. We’ve contracted 103 of those cadets and will commission 36 this year. 

Leadership Development Exercise (LDX). We conducted our annual fall training exercise the last weekend of October at Delaware State Park. The LDX is a new cadet command initiative that looks to transform basic FTXs into exercise that challenge cadets to problem solve, critically think, thrive in chaos, and develop leadership skills. In the past, many schools conducted individual land navigation during FTXs or trained on other basic individual skills. Our fall LDX was advertised as a land navigation exercise, but the cadre and select senior cadets designed the exercise to be much more than land navigation.

Cadre assigned Juniors and Seniors to one of 12 small teams. The seniors were team leaders responsible for navigating their team from point to point, thus testing their land navigation skills, but, when the teams reached their first point, they quickly realized this wasn’t going to be their basic land navigation course. Role players at their first point informed the teams that they had the wrong point and they needed to get to the correct point.  The teams believed they were behind schedule and quickly tried to make the adjustment and get to the right point.  The adversity the teams faced at the first point brought leadership traits and skills, both good and bad, to the forefront.

Cadre and role players continued to challenge the cadets with scenarios on each of the land navigation lanes. For example, there was one scenario where an enemy combatant and a friendly soldier were both “injured,” but the enemy’s injuries were far worse than the friendly’s. Cadets had to make a decision of who to treat first. Other scenarios included a key leader engagement, a resupply, evacuate a casualty, react to contact, Field Leaders Reaction Course type scenarios, and communication exercises.

The battalion concluded the day portion with a friendly game of ultimate football. The Cadre beat the MSIVs handily and then sent the cadets back onto the land navigation course for night land navigation.

Accessions. The Ohio State University beat Michigan 64-57.  Let me explain. I truly believe in, “One Team, One Fight.”  I’ve served with, deployed with, and fought alongside exceptional soldiers and officers from the Army Reserves and National Guard. Over the last 14 years of conflict, our reserve component forces have been instrumental in the success of our military.  We simply could not succeed without them.  These forces absolutely require the very best leaders and The Ohio State provides some of the best to the reserve components.  That being said, the overwhelming majority of my cadets aspire to be active duty officers. Because of this, the number of cadets receiving an active duty commission has become a benchmark for programs across the country. The national average this year for cadets receiving active duty was 56%.  Michigan’s rate was 57%.  The Ohio State University Army ROTC Program, once again exceeded the national average and 64% of our cadets received active duty.  I sincerely want to thank, LTC (R) Lear and his team.  They are the ones who developed this group and ensured their success. I cannot take any credit for the success, the cadets and cadre deserve all the praise, but I have challenged my underclassman to exceed this year’s senior class.

Branches. The senior cadets also received their branches and they exceeded the national average for branch satisfaction. In other words, branches wanted Ohio State cadets because they were high on the national order of merit list.  The results show that 78% of the active duty Buckeyes received their 1st branch choice.  The national average was 64%. 96% of our seniors received one of their top 3 choices (versus 94% Nationally).  There were some very happy cadets during our 2014 Buckeye Battalion Draft Day.  If you didn’t see the pictures on Facebook, please check them out.  Here are the branching results:

Active Duty

Cadet Adams, Alexander: MI branch detail to AR

Cadet Beachler, Evan: AD

Cadet Caram, Meredith: EN

Cadet Cook, Kyle: MI

Cadet Cornelius, John: MP

Cadet Furey, Devon: Nurse Corps

Cadet George, Alan: Education delay for dental school

Cadet Gibson, Joshua: AV

Cadet Gronsky, Scott: AG branch detail to AR

Cadet Halleck, Stephen: MI

Cadet Jett, Jeremy: AD

Cadet Kitching, Michael: IN

Cadet Kramer, Riley: QM

Cadet Leach, Lauren: FA

Cadet Losacco, Michael: MI branch detail to AR

Cadet Martin, Neil: EN

Cadet McKnight, Allie: AG

Cadet Saab, Mathew: Education delay for medical school

Cadet Schreck, Elizabeth: OD

Cadet Sherman, Jon: IN (Cadet Sherman was ranked in the top 10% nationally)

Cadet Simecek, Kathryn: EN

Cadet Winklemann, Nathaniel: CM

Cadet Wood, Olivia: Nurse Corps


Army National Guard


Cadet Bowman, Asia

Cadet Brownell, Cody: MI

Cadet Goodrum, Sheldon: IN

Cadet Kader, Beh: MP

Cadet Kersher, Carrie: OD

Cadet Martz, John: CM

Cadet Phillips, Isaac: EN

Cadet Springer, Kyle: AD


US Army Reserves


Cadet Cianciola, Mathew

Cadet Czako, Kirsten

Cadet Gourley, Michael

Cadet Nickels, Andrew

Cadet Stork, Samuel


Cadet Mentorship. I’ve included my graduating cadets’ email addresses in the cc block. I would appreciate your assistance. A great thing about the OSU Army ROTC program is the alumni. If you have experience in the above listed branches and/or components, please reach out to the graduating class via email and share your experiences and knowledge. Your mentorship is just as important as ours is here at OSU. I am a logistician and have limited experience in some of the other branches.  You are the experts in your field and the graduating class will benefit from hearing your lessons learned. Share your successes, and your challenges, with the senior cadets to make them better prepared for their careers as officers in the Active Army, Reserves, and National Guard.


Rock Ceremony. The joint services conducted the annual ROCK Ceremony at the Oval to honor Ohio State Student veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Army ROTC was the lead service this year and put together a great ceremony. Despite the rain and cold, we had a good turnout. All of the services looked great and the Ohio State veterans’ organization was very appreciative. Thank you to COL Bosley for being the guest speaker and spending time with the program.

Winter Commissioning. The winter commissioning ceremony will be on December 21st.  We will commission 6 new lieutenants. Cadet Caram, Cadet Gonsky, Cadet Furey, Cadet Czako, Cadet Gourley, and Cadet Martz.  More information will follow.

OSU Army ROTC Alumni Society. I am including the flyer for the Ohio State University Army ROTC Alumni Society.  An alumni member recently told me that they were not aware that there is an Army ROTC Alumni Society. I apologize for not publicizing the exceptional Alumni Society we have. I have interacted with the Alumni Society and can honestly say it is one of the best alumni associations on campus. They do so much for the program.  I encourage you to join if you are not already a member.

Social Media. Senior Cadet Winkleman has taken over the OSU Army ROTC website, Facebook page, and also created a Twitter account. He is doing an outstanding job. Many of you saw our picture on primetime television during the Ohio State vs Michigan State football game.  Look for us again this weekend.

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Lieutenant Colonel Jim Bunyak, United States Army
Professor of Military Science
Commanding Officer
The Ohio State University
Army Reserve Officers Training Corps 
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