Westminster Senior Continues Sibling Legacy of Leadership by Becoming an Army Officer

Apr 23, 2013

April 25, 2013 (Story courtesy of University of Utah's Army ROTC) Jake Arthur follows two sisters into the service through UofU's Army ROTC program SALT LAKE CITY - As one of the nation's top Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) cadets, Westminster College senior Jake Arthur will not only graduate with a bachelor's degree in biology this year, but will follow in his two sisters' footsteps by being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the University of Utah's ROTC program. Arthur joined the U's Army ROTC program as a freshman after being awarded a 4-year ROTC Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship. Since joining the program, he has completed over 100 semester hours in Westminster's biology/pre-med program and has a 3.85 GPA. "Cadet Arthur exemplifies what we are searching for in students we bring into our program, and he possesses all of the qualities required for training a future Army officer," said Lt. Col. Troy Heineman, Utah Army ROTC professor of military science. "In addition to living the Army values, he is a scholar, athlete and leader. In Jake's case, he just happens to be pursuing a STEM degree, which my commander, and the Army, has placed a high priority on me to recruit, develop and commission." Arthur is not the first in his family to pursue an Army commission, or to find success through the U's ROTC program. His sisters, Amanda and Kate, were commissioned as second lieutenants in the spring of 2012. They are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Army. Arthur's sister Kate also graduated with a biology degree and was accepted to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at Bethesda, MD. Arthur was recently accepted into medical school and will join his sister Kate in Maryland as a result of being accepted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps. In addition to his impressive academic performance, Arthur is also a top Westminster student-athlete. As a three-year starter for the college's nationally ranked lacrosse team, Arthur led his team to the quarterfinals of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Championships. He was also recently selected by Lacrosse Magazine as the MCLA Pre-Season Player of the Year. "Jake combines Army physical fitness training and lacrosse practice without any sign of fatigue," noted Mason Goodhand, Westminster's lacrosse head coach. "With the Army, he would be doing physical training at 6 a.m., being all he can be, and then he would come out and win every sprint that we would run at practice." Not surprisingly, Arthur consistently earned the maximum score on the Army's Physical Fitness Test. Arthur is also one of the program's top cadets, having finished in the top 5% of all cadets nationwide in an assessment that normally takes place at the beginning of a cadet's senior year of college. This assessment includes scores based on their academic and ROTC grade point averages, volunteering both in their ROTC battalion as well as their communities, Army Physical Fitness Test scores and leadership evaluations that are conducted both on campus as well as the summer Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). The LDAC is a cadet's capstone exercise prior to becoming a second lieutenant and is normally attended between their junior and senior year at Fort Lewis, WA. After completing LDAC, Arthur received additional training after being awarded an Army Medical Department Internship Program at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. During his internship he had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the military health care system and professional experience in a Level 1 trauma center for wounded warriors. The previous summer, he volunteered for the Army ROTC Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program where he traveled to Costa Rica for cultural immersion training, which the Army recognizes as an important skill for young leaders. After returning from LDAC, Arthur was promoted to the rank of Cadet lieutenant colonel and assigned as the Cadet battalion commander, the highest position in the battalion. About the U 0f U's Army ROTC program: In any given academic year, the University of Utah Army ROTC program enrolls approximately 120 cadets, which includes students from both the University of Utah and Westminster College. The program's mission is to recruit, develop, retain and commission the next generation of Army leaders. To obtain more information about Army ROTC at the University of Utah or Westminster College, please visit us on-line at www.milsci.utah.edu or visit our Facebook page under University of Utah Army ROTC.      

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