About Army ROTC

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) was started by Captain Alden Partridge, who was a former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. He traveled to Norwich, Vermont and created the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy. From there, his creation of making Army Officers at a civilian university took place.

The Land Grant of 1862 gave states 30,000 acres of land to create and establish universities. After receiving this lot of land, the universities would be allowed to offer military science classes. Men who graduated from these institutions would be allowed to fight in the Civil War with the Union or Confederate Armies.  

However, it was with the National Defense Act in 1916 that ROTC was officially recognized by the US government. Signed by Woodrow Wilson, he helped establish a tradition of distinguished service from its ROTC graduates. One hundred years later, the Army ROTC Program has commissioned a majority of Army Officers with over 600,000 men and women nationwide.

Learn more about the history of the ROTC at: www.cadetcommand.army.mil/history