Mount St. Joseph University

Mount Criminology student selected for Active Army Officer Candidate School



Zach Thomas was recently selected to Active Army Officer Candidate School (OCS). Acceptance into OCS requires completion of a Bachelor’s degree and a rigorous selection process including the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), a security interview, and a formal interview by the Recruiting Battalion OCS Board.  Zach will graduate from the Mount with a degree in Criminology/Sociology and a minor in Psychology in May 2013. Upon completion of the OCS training program Zach will be a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. 

When asked why he chose this as a career path, Zach comments that he wants a career where he can affect change and fulfill his personal desire to engage in service.  He exemplified this during his time at the Mount becoming the Captain of the Men’s Lacrosse Team in his senior year and being inducted into the National Athletic Honors Society in 2011.  Zach holds the Army Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor and Personal Courage. He believes his experiences at the Mount have prepared him to continue honoring these values. Zach says that the Mount has taught him the importance of service and that he wants to continue to serve both his family and his community.

Zach, congratulations on your outstanding accomplishment!