The Department of Military Science at UNG commissioned 83 cadets for the total Army (active duty, Guard and Reserve) this past academic year, and Cadet Ryan McCaughey was the first cadet from UNG to commission into the Army Cyber career field.
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, a 1988 UNG graduate and who continues to serve in the Air Force Reserves, recently visited UNG on a statewide tour of military installations and universities for a briefing on the university’s military programs and its recent designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.
“A fully functioning and ready military is one of our government’s core responsibilities. That level of preparedness does not come without the tireless work of our men and women in uniform, countless hours of training, and the thorough planning of military leadership,” Collins said. “This school is turning out the cyber security experts that are a necessity to both our government and the private sector. The UNG program is unique; it is currently the only school in America that integrates their cyber program with language and leadership studies. As the nature of warfare changes, and intelligence emerges as our critical commodity, it is heartening to know UNG is training the next generation of defense.”
UNG’s Center for Cyber Operations Education is the result of collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems in the Mike Cottrell College of Business and UNG’s new Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies (ILSS). This fall, UNG marked the one-year anniversary of ILSS, which was formed to coordinate and direct the activities of UNG’s military science department, commandant’s office, cadet admissions, and the director of development for the Corps of Cadets.
As designed, the ILSS serves to enhance cadet recruiting and develop new external support for cadet scholarships and corps initiatives. Additionally, the ILSS strives to provide cadets with two career paths – commissioning as Army officers, known as the “commissioning track,” or opportunities in government service and global corporations, known as the “global leadership track,” and internships that support these goals.
The Corps of Cadets continues to experience success and growth on several fronts, including:
- Increasing from 748 cadets in fall 2015 to 775 this fall;
- Thirty-two percent of UNG’s cadets were rated in the top 15 percent of all cadets nation wide at the Army’s Cadet Leader Course at Ft. Knox;
- Cadet Sidney Coursey was selected as the top graduate in her regiment of more than 500 cadets at the Cadet Leader Course, earning her the AUSA Warrior Ethos Award.
To learn more about ILSS, its achievements and its goals, visit ung.edu/ilss.
“UNG graduates serve and contribute significantly to U.S. national security through careers in the Army, government and global entities, and ILSS helps ensure that cadets have educational opportunities to become agile, adaptive and innovative leaders,” said retired Col. Billy Wells, who is executive director of ILSS and senior vice president of leadership and global engagement.