Army ROTC offers the broadest path for young men and women seeking to serve the nation as Army Officers to achieve their goal. It's graduates comprise the majority of the newly commissioned Lieutenants entering the Active Army each year
Since 1968 Army ROTC at the Rochester Institute of Technology has provided students with the opportunity to combine world class leadership and management training with their other academic studies. The state-of-the-art curriculum which consists of a series of classroom and hands-on leadership training experiences, gives students the necessary foundation to serve successfully in positions of responsibility in either America's Army or the corporate world.
Students with a strong academic background, who are physically fit, have an active mind set and the ability to rapidly assimilate information thrive in the program. These scholar-athlete-leaders (SALs) note that the leadership skills developed through their participation in the program are further honed during their period of service as Army Officers.
Brief History of Army ROTC at the Rochester Institute of Technology
The proposal for an Army ROTC detachment in Rochester was initiated in 1967 when the Army advised RIT that they were interested in establishing an ROTC program in the area for school year 1969-1970. A committee headed by the Institute President met in 1968 to discuss implementation of the program and recommendations for its operation in relation to the rest of the Institute. In November, the Army approved RIT’s application for the program, and ROTC became a reality.
The first PMS (Professor of Military Science) and his staff arrived on the RIT campus in February, 1969 and by September of that year, began enrolling students in ROTC. The program kicked off the school year with 54 Cadets, 11 in the two-year program and 43 in the four-year program. By 1971, 8 of those first Cadets were commissioned as officers in the United States Army.
Our detachment today represents not just the Rochester Institute of Technology, but also the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, Saint John Fisher College, the State University of New York campus at Geneseo and Monroe Community College. Since 1969, ROTC has provided scholarships of varying lengths to Cadets who have studied at virtually all of these campuses (the exception is Monroe Community College).
Ever since Cadet Command began actively tracking Cadet performance at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis Washington, Cadets from the Rochester Institute of Technology has placed in the top 5 programs nationally in every measurable event.
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