Colonel Stephen Ruth
U.S. ARMY CADET COMMAND
Lieutenant Colonel Mai Lee Eskelund
DEPUTY DIRECTOR (TF-SORD)
U.S. ARMY CADET COMMAND
9800 Centre Pkwy, Suite 870, Houston, TX 77036
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Our History & Mission
The Strategic Officer Recruiting Detachment (SORD) promotes diversity and inclusion throughout the Army profession. SORD endeavors to support Houston and Los Angeles by building bridges across the country increasing diversity through localized marketing and daily recruiting and outreach.
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SORD promotes a college first approach through Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). SORD educates the community about opportunities, scholarships, and programs to help students create a pathway to a strong future and service to our nation.
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DiversitySORD increases discussion about representation and has created a forum on the importance of officer representation in the United States Army. SORD fully incorporates Patton and Cavazo Interns to provide insight on how the Army is trying to increase representation at all ranks starting in SROTC.
Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity (LEADS) with the SORD is a new initiative with USMA that provides engaging workshops in underprivileged high school communities to showcase Leadership, STEM, Ethics, and increase SAT/ACT preparation for students' future.
- Increase SROTC awareness in the Hispanic American (HA) and African American (AA) community through engagements with local schools, meeting with city officials, and informing HA&AA support groups.
- Inform and educate on SROTC program incentives through career fairs, individual counseling, and marketing campaigns.
- Volunteer in the local community to build trust and validity.
- Generate support for SROTC with key mentors, influencers, and family support systems.
- We actively present and discuss SROTC opportunities both virtually and in person. Meeting one on one, with family, instructors, school and career counselors, and even friends to showcase the benefits of SROTC.
- Building professional relationships with educators, coaches, and communities.
- Actively participate in National and Regional events and conferences, High School & Semi-Pro Sporting Events, Parent's Night, USD events.
What programs are available across the country?
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Scholarships for High School Students
RequirementsPlease contact a SORD representative on how this pertains to you.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be between the ages of 17 and 26.
- Have a high school GPA of at least 2.5.
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Meet physical standards.
- Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard).
- An eight-year service commitment with the Army.
- Serve full time in the Army for four years and four years with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
- Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
- ROTC National Scholarship application submission is open.
- Current application round will close February 4th 2021, talk to an ROTC Advisor if you need advice.
- Review Board 1 - 19-23 October 2020
- Review Board 2 - 25-29 January 2021
- Review Board 3 - 15-19 March 2021