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UC’s ROTC competes at German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Open


Williamsburg, Ky. – This past weekend, University of the Cumberlands (UC) ROTC program competed in the 7th annual German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Open at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, IN.

“The event is a good test of your physical and mental toughness over a weekend and helps to test yourself against other cadets and other armies in the world,” said UC’s ROTC Director Major Eddie Simpson. “It provides a good cultural look at the German military and also is a good weekend to be around a large number of cadets from over 32 other schools.”

The four cadets that traveled to compete for Cumberlands were Andrew Diehl (Morning View, KY), Gabriel Jefferson (Cumming, GA), Cassandra Devlin (San Francisco, CA), and Liza Gutierrez (El Cajon, CA). They competed in various events starting with the 200m swim, a 5k run for males or 3k run for females, a shooting competition, 5 track and field events, and a 7.5 ruck march with 35 miles under 120 minutes.

UC’s ROTC cadets did very well as Andrew Diehl and Gabriel Jefferson were awarded the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, which is the German Army’s highest award for a soldier.

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge was introduced in 1972 for all three services in the grades bronze (I), silver (II) and gold (III). To earn this award you must have general military performance, sports performance, and performance in specialty and overall aptitude. A soldier must have completed Skill Level 1 Basic First Aid CTT tasks within 12 months of participation with the grade of the badge awarded depending on the results of the road march and the marksmanship performance.

Cassandra Devlin also won the Female Ruck March which involved a full uniform march with boots and a ruck sack.

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Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.