Emory & Henry Student Contracts with the U.S. Army

by Haley Arni

Emory & Henry to hold its fifth contracting ceremony on Wednesday, September 6, in Byars Hall recognizing Cadet Thomas Peery, ’25, at 4:30 p.m.

Cadet Peery is a third-year student from Chilhowie, Va. majoring in religion. He is a member of the Virginia Army National Guard and has been a varsity wrestler.

The contracting ceremony indicates Peery is stating his oath to serve in the United States Army. Unlike non-contracted cadets, a contracted cadet is considered a member of the military and will gain the rank of second lieutenant (2LT) upon graduation. Contracting is a very important part of cadets’ journeys through ROTC, as it shows their commitment to being future leaders in the military.

In 2018, Emory & Henry partnered with East Tennessee State University (ETSU) to bring back the ROTC (Reserved Officer Training Corps) program to its campus. Since that time, three students have been commissioned as officers in the US Army, ten are currently in the program, and several more are showing interest.

“This is a special day for this student and the College as Thomas is the son of our Director of Human Resources, Tracy Peery.” said President John W. Wells. “He will be fully contracted with a future opportunity to serve as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.”

According to LTC Jared Powell, Professor of Military Science at ETSU, “Peery has met all requirements including academic, physical and training to earn this opportunity. He will go on to represent himself, Emory & Henry, Southwest Virginia and the United States Army with distinction as a commissioned officer.”

Powell will administer the contracting oath. Attendees will include E&H President John W. Wells, Provost and Executive Vice President Michael J. Puglisi and family members among others.

To learn more about the program visit: www.ehc.edu/rotc

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