Kylie Cook commissioned second lieutenant in U.S. Army

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Kylie Cook receives a congratulatory handshake and passes a silver dollar to Master Sgt. Jeffery Robinson after receiving her first salute.

Kylie Cook, a 2007 graduate of Ramona High School, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminology and a minor in military science from the University of New Mexico.

She is the Lobo Battalion’s Distinguished Graduate for 2011.

The daughter of Connie Waitman and Thomas Cook and the sister of Thomas and Christopher Cook, she received several awards, including being ranked ninth of 5,355 Army ROTC cadets on the National Order of Merit List. The Army tabulates the list for ROTC cadets. The highest priority is grades, which accounts for 40 percent of the score. Other factors include three Army physical fitness tests, LDAC and peer evaluations completed by the subordinates of the cadets in their respective ROTC detachments.

Cook earned a 4.0+ GPA and a perfect 300 on her three Army physical fitness tests, and she ranked number one in the UNM Army ROTC program for her peer evaluations. Peer evaluations judge on standards of preparedness, dependability, trustworthiness and other leadership traits.

In the fall, Cook will attend UNM School of Law and begin her studies towards a Juris Doctorate Degree. After completing her law school education, 2nd Lt. Cook plans to serve as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.



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