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Message from the Cadet Battalion Commander

Hello, my name is Gabrielle Peach and I am the Wildcat Battalion’s Cadet Battalion Commander for this Spring semester of 2022 at the University of Kentucky’s Army ROTC program. For anyone who has ever considered serving in the United States Army and pursuing a fulfilling career as an Army officer, I highly recommend joining the UK Army ROTC program. The Wildcat Battalion is considered to be one of the largest Army ROTC programs across the country, ranging from 150 to 200 cadets a semester. This allows for cadets to form fantastic, and sometimes long-lasting relationships with their peers and seek guidance from upperclassmen and alumni. Along with this, the program has two co-ed clubs, the Pershing Rifles and Kentucky Rangers, which create an environment for cadets to establish bonds and practice teamwork in numerous areas to include academics and physical fitness. The UK Army ROTC program also provides excellent events and opportunities throughout your time as a cadet that not only will aid you in your future career as an Army officer, but will challenge and develop you personally. This includes events such as the Army Ten Miler Run which takes place every year in Washington D.C., the Mountain Man Memorial March in Gatlinburg Tennessee, Ranger Challenge, U.S. Army Airborne and Air Assault schools, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT), Project GO, Army summer internships and much more. 


Aside from the plethora of opportunities and challenges offered by the UK Army ROTC program, the Wildcat Battalion is home to many knowledgeable and experienced cadre members who give their every effort to ensure that you have the tools needed to succeed in your Army career. They serve as fantastic mentors who will prepare you for a rewarding career in the U.S. Army and in life. Taking on the additional challenge of being a full time college student and a cadet provides one with a sense of purpose and responsibility. It is in this environment that you will learn and live by the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. Establishing and upholding a commitment of this magnitude may seem a feat in itself, but will reward you in numerous ways. Practicing and developing teamwork and leadership skills will aid you in all walks of life and joining the UK Army ROTC program will leave you with a rewarding experience like none other. I challenge you to seek the mantle of leadership, to uphold the army values, and to challenge yourself. 


I am sincerely grateful for my experiences gained through the Army ROTC program. I will continue to cherish the memories I have made and apply all that I have learned throughout my career as an U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer and throughout life. I strongly encourage you to consider joining the UK Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion and seek to become one of the United States best Army Officers and leaders. 



CDT Gabrielle Peach

Cadet Battalion Commander