CDT Cruz

Major: Finance

The reason I joined ROTC is pretty simple. My family has always served in the military and my father was the first to follow the officer route. He also went through ROTC at western Illinois. This inspired me to do great things and become a leader within the greatest military force in the world.

My favorite experience so far within ROTC was my time spent at the US Army Airborne School at ft. Benning. There’s no feeling like exiting an aircraft in flight at 1250 ft AGL

Accomplishments/Extracurricular:
4-year National Scholarship Awardee
Special Teams Captain (Current)
Bataan Memorial Death March (2014,2015)
Ranger Challenge Team (2015, Team Captain 2016)
Sapper Day (2014)
Airborne School (2015)
Special Forces Association Scholarship (2016)
Superior Cadet Award (2016)
Military Ball Committee Member (2013,2014)

Contact Me: jcruz37@uic.edu