Joel Anderson (’15), double-majoring in History and Philosophy at Bethel, was recently named the Cadet of the Year in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Minnesota.
The “Golden Gopher Battalion” includes students from the U of M, Bethel, and fourteen other area schools. At the unit’s website, Joel is one of six current cadets profiled; he speaks to enjoying “the challenge [ROTC] presents and skills of leadership it teaches. To discipline and shape one’s self in the honorable profession of soldiery is a great opportunity to be successful both in college and in later life.” Over spring break, Joel was on the battalion’s “heavy team” in the 25th annual Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico.
(Then just over a week after that grueling event, Joel joined four other Bethel History majors in presenting at the inaugural Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium; his paper summarized his Senior Seminar research on transparency and accountability in the early history of the CIA.)
Joel is planning to go on active duty in the infantry, armory, or intelligence branches of the U.S. Army. You can learn more about Joel’s participation in ROTC and how he was selected for this prestigious honor in a Bethel news story published
yesterdayTuesday. (He demurred, “There [were] many other cadets who are equally if not more deserving than me.”)
(Incidentally, this isn’t the first time we’ve featured a student or alum pursuing a career in the military. Check out our 2012 interview with Peter Williams, a 2004 grad who served in the JAG Corps.)