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Furman cadets receive top honors from U.S. Army Cadet Command

U.S. Army Cadet Command recently announced that four students from Furman University had been selected as Distinguished Military Graduates and two selected as top 10 percent for the graduating Class of 2017 from across the nation.

Kyle Simmons
Kyle Simmons

Kyle Simmons, Adam Johnson, Madison Schoen and Brett Greensmith ’17 were among those selected this year as Distinguished Military Graduates. In total, 20 percent of the nearly 6,000 Cadets who will commission this year were awarded this honor by U.S. Army Cadet Command.

In order for a student to be considered for selection as a Distinguished Military Graduate he or she must be recommended as a Distinguished Military Student by their respective professor of military science; be in good academic standing with their respective college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; successfully complete Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Ky.; demonstrate outstanding potential to serve as a commissioned officer; and rank among the top 20 percent of all cadets on the National Order of Merit List.

In addition to the rigorous academic requirements of Furman University, these cadets conduct early morning physical training three to five times per week and hold leadership positions within the campus ROTC department.  On average, Distinguished Military Graduates across the nation have a 3.7 or higher GPA and have completed advanced military training prior to commissioning such as Airborne School, Mountain Warfare School and Air Assault School.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Johnson and Simmons were also selected as part of the top 10 percent of cadets in the nation.

Johnson, a triple major in Political Science, Spanish and Art History from Wildwood, Mo., is the president of Furman’s own improvisation troupe, Improv!able Cause, and went to Rwanda in the summer of 2015 with a team of Army Cadets as part of the Cultural Understanding and Learning Program.  Johnson was selected to serve in the Army’s active component and wants to branch Adjutant General.

Madison Schoen
Madison Schoen

Simmons, a native of West Friendship, Md., is currently pursuing a B.A. degree in Economics and is a former outfielder on Furman’s varsity baseball team.  He graduated from the Cultural Understanding and Language Program in Tanzania, Cadet Basic Camp, Cadet Advanced Camp and Cadet Troop Leader Training.  In May, he will commission as an active duty officer and wants to branch Infantry.

Greensmith, a History major from Marietta, Ga., has been selected to serve in the Army’s active component and wants to branch Armor. While at Furman, he participated in Student Government, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Men of Distinction, Intramural Sports, Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa.  As a cadet, Greensmith participated in Cadet Troop Leadership Training and the Cultural Understanding and Learning Program which took him to Southeast Asia.


Schoen, a Health Sciences major from Leavenworth, Kan., has been involved in intramural sports and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. During her cadet career, Schoen participated in the Cultural Understanding and Language Program in Thailand and graduated from Air Assault School. Schoen also ranked in the top 15 percent of cadets during Cadet Advanced Camp.  Schoen was selected to serve in the Army’s Active component and hopes to branch Engineer.

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