Launching the Cavbat Capital Campaign
It truly is an exciting time for the Cavalier Battalion! Today, we are one of the premier programs in the country, ranking 1st in our brigade in 6 out of 7 categories at LDAC. Our 4th year class ranked 3rd out of 274 schools in the nation in APFT and Land Navigation scores. This year two of our 4th year cadets ranked in the top 10 out of approximately 5500 cadets nationwide. With 69 cadets in the battalion, we have nearly doubled the size of our unit in the past few years.
With our rapid growth and increase in competition we have been faced with some new challenges. Although our size has increased substantially, our budget from the University has not. In addition, budget cuts for the Department of Defense have forced the Army ROTC program to downsize, decreasing our funding even more. Recruitment has also become more difficult as other programs are proving to be more competitive, offering room and board scholarships and more training opportunities. In order to remain one of the premier programs in the country action is needed.
With the help of Alumni, the 4th year class has developed a plan that will establish a Cadet Association to enhance our training and a Room and Board Scholarship to remain competitive recruiters. The Cadet Association will supplement our regular training curriculum and build esprit de corps within the Cavalier Battalion. It will sponsor team-building activities that will build leadership skills as well as strengthen the bonds of our program. Groups such as Ranger Challenge, Army Ten Miler, and Mosby’s Rangers are a few examples of Cadet Association activities that help strengthen our program. A third field-training exercise in addition to our two army funded field-training exercises is also highly desirable to further improve our training. The Room and Board scholarship will take financial pressure off of potential cadets as well as provide an additional incentive to choose the Cavalier Battalion over other programs.
In order to accomplish this we need the support of our alumni. We are launching the Cavbat Capital Campaign to build an alumni network that will keep our program sustainable for the foreseeable future.
Our goals are as follows:
- Create an endowment for a Cadet Association – $200,000
- Create a Room & Board Scholarship – $200,000
- Total campaign goal: $400,000
Your gift to Army ROTC is tax-deductible. In addition, your gift counts toward your overall giving to the University, including annual giving, Reunions giving, and the University’s Capital Campaign, and will receive all due recognition as such.