ROTC Students Earn Coveted Military Badge

Once again, Truman ROTC members displayed great skill and represented the University well at a regional contest.

Seven ROTC members participated in a weekend-long competition for the German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge at Western Illinois University, vying for the exclusive award alongside students from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Truman’s seven members in the competition each took home a medal. Six took home gold and one took silver.

Contestants were evaluated in several categories, including a written test on first aid; 25-meter marksmanship with a 9mm handgun; a 200-meter swim; track and field events including sprints, high jump, long jump and shot put; and an 8-mile road march. The events were spread out over the weekend of Nov. 4-6.

The German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge is a prized foreign military badge originally authorized for all German troops, but may be awarded to allied soldiers. A German liaison officer presented the cadets with their badges.
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