Marine 2nd Lieutenant Kirkland D. Malcolm, son of Douglas C. and Dell H. Malcolm of Marietta, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to his current rank. Malcolm is a 2010 graduate of George Walton High School in Marietta.
Graduation and commissioning is the culmination of a rigorous four year program of intense academic, military and physical training designed to produce combat leaders of character for the Navy and Marine Corps. In the Naval Academy’s Class of 2014, 1,068 Midshipmen graduated of which 784 Sailors were commissioned as Navy Ensigns and 265 Marines were commissioned as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a four-year military service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the Naval service.
Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. In addition to a rigorous academic program, they also study subjects like leadership, ethics, small arms, military drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering, weapons and military law.
Midshipmen also train at naval bases and on ships in the fleet every summer. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and will go on to serve at least five years of service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.
Sanders, Tillman and Lintner
Cadet Preston Sanders of Kennesaw and Cadet Benjamin Tillman of Smyrna both earned Gold Stars at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, S.C., for the spring semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. The honor signifies academic excellence for earning a 3.7-grade point average or higher on a 4.0-scale.
Cadet Sanders, Cadet Tillman and Cadet John Lintner of Marietta were also named to the Dean’s list at The Citadel. The Dean’s list is earned by those registered for 12 or more semester hours whose grade point ratio is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester’s work.