Each fall, in conjunction with their branch selections, Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from around the country are ranked in a national Order of Merit List (OML). The OML ranks all Army ROTC seniors across the nation — 5,575 of them are scheduled to graduate and be commissioned in spring 2016.

Harvard senior and Army ROTC cadet Charlotte M. Falletta captured the number 10 spot in the prestigious top 10. Falletta is a member of the Army ROTC battalion at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A cadet’s positioning on the OML can determine his or her priority in being chosen for the branch or occupational specialty of choice. Cadets are ranked on the OML by achieving superior grade point averages, strong athletic performance in the Army physical fitness test and college athletic participation, proving their worth as exceptional leaders in their college ROTC training, and their performance at the Cadet Leadership Course.

Falletta, a native of Williamsville, N.Y., is concentrating in government.