Joseph M. Gonski, an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet at Cabrini College in Pennsylvania, has graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The 29 days of training provide professional instruction and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development are included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.
Cadets usually attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course between their junior and senior years of college, and they must complete the course to qualify for commissioning. Upon successful completion of the course and the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.
Gonski, a 2011 graduate of Liberty High School, received an Army ROTC scholarship to attend Cabrini College. Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews. Scholarship recipients are enrolled as members of the Army ROTC battalion at their colleges.
The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, as well as an annual book allowance, and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months of each school year the scholarship is in effect.
All scholarship students incur a military service obligation of eight years, which may be fulfilled by either serving on active duty or in the reserve components of the Army.
Gonski is the son of Anthony F. and Mary E. Gonski, of Selbyville, Delaware.