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Two ROTC cadets earn special honors

Monday, January 13, 2014

Eric Pelosi, an intelligence studies major, will graduate as a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG), a distinction only awarded to the top 25 percent of ROTC cadets nationwide. A second intel major, William Margiotta, will graduate as a Distinguished Military Student (DMS).

This year, Distinguished Military Graduates outperformed 75 percent of their peers — totaling 5,400 cadets across the country. Each cadet is evaluated during his or her first three years using a series of criteria: academic performance/GPA, leadership ability through the 30-day Leader Development Assessment Couse (LDAC) and performance during the Army Physical Fitness Test.

“When I joined the ROTC program at Mercyhurst, I saw an opportunity to serve my country and a start to my career,” said Pelosi, who ranks in the top 10 percent. “My family is unendingly proud. They know I really tried my best over the past few years to receive this distinction.”

The DMS honor is awarded by the unit’s professor of military science (PMS) based on a separate set of criteria. Cadets who receive the DMS distinction must possess outstanding leadership ability, plans to serve as an active duty officer, rank in the top one-third of his or her military science class, and rank in the top half of his or her college class.

“I have seen these future leaders grow over the past four years, and I applaud them for being willing to serve their country in this current environment,” said Ray Patterson, ROTC recruiting operations officer. “They are true citizens and servants. I wish them much success.”

Pelosi and Margiotta are two of eight senior cadets at Mercyhurst who will be commissioned as second lieutenants upon graduating. The other cadets include: Daniel Graham, Joseph Lagruth, Steven Martin, Joseph Miller, Brandon Verth and Mark Woodel.

The “Pride of PA” Battalion — comprised of three area universities — also announced that two seniors received the DMG honor from Gannon University, and one from Penn State Behrend.