Glitz '12 Earns Top Leadership and Fitness Awards at ROTC Camp
Providence, R.I.--Amberly Glitz '12 (Des Plaines, Ill.), a member of the Providence College Army ROTC program, has been recognized for her strength in character and fitness.
She was presented the Lieutenant General Sinclair L. Melner Award for leadership and the award for the highest score overall on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) at the U.S. Army's Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) in Fort Lewis, Wash., this summer.
LDAC is a mandatory requirement for all contracted ROTC cadets as a standardized evaluation tool to be completed the summer before their senior year. The training is geared toward the preparation necessary for cadets to succeed as leaders in the Army and society after their college graduation.
"My entire squad went at the obstacles with an overwhelming amount of motivation and we really had a great time taking on the challenges as a team," said Glitz, who is a French major and writing minor.
Glitz, along with 6,900 other cadets from more than 1,100 colleges, completed the consecutive 29-day course, which tests physical endurance, navigation, and team-building skills. The course concluded with a graduation ceremony, where Glitz was presented with the awards.
Glitz was ranked number 2 among the 474 cadets in the 6th regiment, earning her the Lieutenant General Sinclair L. Melner Award for leadership.
In addition, she attained a perfect score on the APFT, the highest overall among all cadets at the training camp.
The APFT consists of three timed events: two minutes of pushups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a two-mile run. In each event, cadets may earn up to 100 points, resulting in a perfect composite score of 300. Glitz exceeded the results for a perfect score, earning a 377 on the extended scale.
Although the grading scales are calibrated differently for males and females, her overall score was the highest for both groups competing in this capstone assessment.
Glitz looks forward to her capstone year at PC, and said, "Joining the Patriot Battalion has been the best decision I ever made."
During her college search, Glitz was drawn to PC for the ROTC program because her family has always been dedicated to defending the nation as part of the armed forces.
"In the past three years, I've been blessed to learn from excellent cadre members with real-world experience who are dedicated to creating high caliber-Army officers," she said.
Glitz plans to enter the Army Aviation program when she commissions as a second lieutenant in May. She ultimately hopes to fly Blackhawk helicopters as a medical evacuation pilot.