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About Military Studies and the ROTC

Military Studies and ROTC

Army ROTC is not a college major; rather it is a series of elective courses taken in conjunction with a student's progress toward the baccalaureate degree. Army ROTC commissionees generally take Army ROTC instruction for four years, plus a six-week summer camp. A student must be enrolled in college full-time for not less than two years to earn a commission.

Army ROTC traditionally commissions some 60-70 percent of the second lieutenants who join the active Army, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve. More than half the current active Army General Officers are products of the ROTC system.

Army ROTC has a resident teaching faculty on 270 colleges and universities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

All ROTC activities, to include citizenship training offered through Junior ROTC at more than 1350 high schools in all parts of the country, are commanded by U.S. Army Cadet Command with Headquarters at Fort Monroe, VA.

Famous ROTC Graduates

Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the joint chiefs of Staff, earned his commission through ROTC at the City University of New York. Gens. George Decker (Lafayette College), Fred Weyand (University of California-Berkeley), and General Gordon Sullivan (Norwich University) are former Army chiefs of staff who received commissions through Army ROTC. General of the Army George C. Marshall, Army chief of staff during World War II, is a graduate of a school (Virginia Military Institute), which is part of the ROTC program. He was graduated and commissioned prior to the signing of the National Defense Act of 1916.

Learn more about the Green Mountain Battalion

Also check out the history of the Green Mountain Battalion at: http://www.uvm.edu/~goldbar/

Contact Us

If you would like more information about military studies at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

LTC Douglas Goodfellow
Recruiting Operations Officer
Assistant Professor of Military Studies
Office: Sibley Hall 309C
Phone: (518) 564-2769 or (518) 564-2770
E-mail: dgood001@plattsburgh.edu

Apply for a Four Year Army Scholarship at http://www.armyrotc.com