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German officer to administer rigorous test for ROTC cadets

February 25, 2011 12:00AM

ROTC cadets at Pittsburg State University will have the opportunity to earn a highly prized honor when a German Army officer visits PSU to administer the German Armed Forces Military Proficiency competition on March 4-5. ROTC teams from KU, K-State, Missouri Western and the University of Northern Illinois are also expected to vie for the award. Organizers expect about 70 cadets to participate.

The German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge is one of the few foreign awards authorized for wear on U.S. Army uniforms.

German Sgt. Maj. Matthias Lueck, who is currently stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, will be the administrator for the competition, which includes a 100 meter or 1,000 meter sprint, a long jump, 3 k run, 9 mm pistol shoot, 200 meter swim, shot-put, and a 12 k march.

The competition begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at the Weede PE Building. Events that night include the shot put and 200 m swim. Events begin on Saturday begin at 7 a.m. and will be located at Carnie Smith Stadium and the Pittsburg Police Range. Events for Saturday include the 100 meter or 1,000 meter sprint, the long jump, a 3 k run, 12 k march and the 9 mm pistol shoot. The closing ceremony during which badges will be awarded is to take place at 5 p.m. at the PSU Veterans Memorial. All of the events are open to the public.

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