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They went from sun to snow to see where ROTC began.

As retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Robert Allinder wrote Feb. 23 on the Junior ROTC website, more than a dozen students from Sun Valley, California’s North Valley Military Institute College Preparatory Academy visited Norwich University in mid-January.

As Allinder, a military instructor at the academy, wrote, Norwich military science professors described Norwich’s ROTC programs to the visitors and Norwich admissions counselors explained applying, described student life and led a campus tour.

Norwich University will hold its spring open house for prospective students from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19.

Allinder, who's studying for a Master of Public Administration in Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, wrote that the North Valley Military Institute’s group included the academy’s superintendent, academic counselors, athletic coaches, and Junior ROTC instructors. The academy is a grades six-to-12 public charter school preparing students to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

Junior ROTC cadets are some of the many prospective students who visit Norwich each year; some participate Future Leader Camp, the Youth Leadership Conference and Adventure Day. Some JROTC cadets will likely visit the university’s April 19 Admissions Office Spring Open House.

Neil Julian ’99, a retired U.S. Army officer and Norwich’s Senior Associate Director of Recruitment and Leadership Programs, said in November that Adventure Day, for example, introduces visitors to campus, its Corps of Cadets and signature specialty units, including the Drill Team and the Mountain Cold Weather and Ranger companies.

“We show them that there are always leadership challenges and … highlight that you can separate yourself from a normal student who’s coming out of (high school) graduation,” Julian said. “That’s what Norwich does, investing into the leadership program and the leadership experience, to mold them as young adults to go forward in the future.”

Establishing Junior ROTC

The National Defense Act of 1916 established Junior ROTC programs at public and private schools. In 1964, Congress expanded the program from just the U.S. Army to all military services. The U.S. Army’s JROTC program operates in the United States and abroad in more than 1,700 public and private high schools, military institutions and correctional centers.

Since North Valley Military Institute’s visit, Allinder wrote, 12 of the school’s cadets were accepted for Norwich admission.

“I was able to talk to some of the current students to hear what life was like there,” said North Valley Military Institute Cadet Sgt. Kimberly Lopez-Cruz, one of the accepted 12. “I learned about the different service components and the service commitment.”

Visitors to the Spring Open House can explore athletic teams and meet coaches, tour campus, eat in the Wise Campus dining hall and learn about applying and financial aid. Learn more about Norwich University admissions.


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