Tell us about your program. You have an outstanding program here, one of the top in the nation.
We are one of the largest Army ROTC programs in this region and in the nation that is a non-Military College. We're definitely one of the most diverse Army ROTC programs in the region and in the nation. Historically, we've won a lot of awards. Most recently, we won an award two weeks ago for producing the most commissions in 2019 in this region.
It's not just a class you go to, PT session you go to, it is a family where we take care of each other 24/7. Academics are number one as a cadet. That is one of the first sentences you'll ever hear here, because that is a huge part of you becoming a commissioned officer.
Talk about the career aspect of what you're doing here because a lot of people don't understand that this is a commitment way beyond college.
It is a commitment. It's not just a class you take. It's not just one thing you can write down later on when you graduate. It's a four year commitment afterwards. But that commitment can be active duty, Reserves or National Guard.
For those that contract and commission, they have a career or a job part time or full time. And most of our students graduate over 90% in four years, and they have no or very little student loan debt. We've won some very prestigious national awards, including the MacArthur award. Army ROTC across the nation to include Guam and Puerto Rico is broken into eight regions. Each region gets to nominate their number one Army ROTC program. We've won the MacArthur award four times, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2016. And we're very, very proud of that.
The most important part is that you get to walk away and say you're part of the Eagle Battalion, and you're an Eagle Battalion cadet because we are excellent. Everywhere we go, you go to summer training, you say, "I go to Georgia Southern." People are absolutely amazed. We are known throughout the nation because we are the best in the nation.