Five NVMI Cadets Depart for ROTC Program at NMMI and Early Commissioning as Army Second Lieutenants


Cadets will attend New Mexico Military Institute to become Second Lieutenants in the US Army


[SUN VALLEY, CA, July 15, 2020] —

Five recent cadet graduates from the North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) depart this weekend to participate in Basic Camp for the US Army’s Early Commissioning Program at New Mexico Military Institute. In 22 short months (May of 2022), these young men who just completed their high school education aspire to earn Commissions as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, after which they will finish Bachelors Degrees and begin their careers as army officers.

Cadets Keven Cardenas, Christopher Garcia, Ricky Hernandez, Benjamin Lopez, and Luis Mercado depart this weekend for the beginning of their 22-month journey to earn coveted Commissions as Army officers. They will work toward Associates Degrees at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) at the same time they participate in the College ROTC program. In May, 2022 when they are Commissioned as Army Second Lieutenants, they will transfer to complete Bachelors Degrees at top tier universities nationwide, after which they will earn promotions to First Lieutenant. 

NVMI Superintendent Dr. Mark Ryan beams with pride as these young men depart on the next phase of their education. “I could not be prouder than I am today, knowing that these five gentlemen are undertaking a commitment to serve our country as Army officers, earning college degrees, and continuing a life of service. NVMI’s singular purpose is to help cadets prepare for and succeed in college. Our cadets who choose to attend Service Academies like West Point or participate in college ROTC programs epitomize the successful accomplishment of that noble mission.”

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