12 December 2014
This morning during the commencement ceremony on the campus of Wentworth Military College, Normal, Illinois native Justin Aldred received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.
Commissioning as an Army Officer is the culminating event for an ROTC Cadet. America bestows special trust and confidence in Officers and entrusts them with the welfare of America’s most precious resource, its sons and daughters. More importantly, each commissioned officer swears an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
2LT Aldred spent the last two years in the Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program on the campus of Wentworth Military College. This program is exclusive to five Military Junior Colleges nationwide. Cadets receive advanced training and earn their commission as Officers in two years as opposed to four years at traditional ROTC programs. While at Wentworth, Aldred attended the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and the Basic Airborne Course, both at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served as Battalion Commander for the ROTC Cadet Battalion and the Wentworth Corps of Cadets during his last semester.
The new Officer will now complete his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Missouri. While finishing his degree he will serve as the Battalion Signal Officer for the 175th Military Police Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard. Upon completion of his degree he may elect to serve in the active duty Army or stay in the National Guard.