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Norwich University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) program is the oldest ROTC program of any kind in the nation. While the training of Citizen-Soldiers began with the founding of Norwich University in 1819, the Morrill Act of 1862 required land-grant colleges to offer military training to their students. Norwich University was the nation’s first land-grant college. Reserve officer training was formalized in 1917 and Norwich has proudly created officers of distinction and character for America’s Army for more than 100 years.

The Army ROTC Cadre at Norwich University is a team of highly-skilled, professional Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), contractors, and civilians dedicated to the success of every Norwich Cadet. Hailing from career fields in Special Forces, Infantry, Armor, Military Intelligence, Logistics, and Human Resources, the Cadre at Norwich have more than 45 combined years of oversees service in support of the Global War on Terror. They have served as Battalion and Company Commanders, Platoon Leaders, and Platoon Sergeants, leading paratroopers, snipers, M1 Abrams tanks, and artillery pieces on the battlefields. At home, Norwich AROTC Cadre have earned multiple graduate and undergraduate degrees while continuing their Army service. Norwich Cadets will be mentored by a dedicated, accomplished team of Army professionals as they prepare for careers in the military and private sector.

The Norwich Army ROTC Pioneer Battalion trains young men and women to be leaders. All Cadets living the military lifestyle at Norwich participate in at least four semesters of ROTC before choosing to pursue a commission as an officer or a civilian vocation. Norwich boast the highest rate of active duty commissions in the nation and scholarships for contracted Army cadets in the nation.

  • Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant

    Successful completion of the four-year Army ROTC program at Norwich guarantees a Commission. Successful Completion consists of:

    • Eight semesters of Military Science (and Mil-Sci Lab)
    • Participation in Army Physical Fitness three days a week
    • Completion of Cadet Advance Camp during the summer after Junior year
    • Completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree
    • Cadets must pass the Army Physical Fitness test and be in accordance with Army height/weight standards
    • Must be a US Citizen
    • Must be at least 17 years old at time of start and under 31 at time of completion
    • Must maintain full-time enrollment in college
    • No felonies or domestic assault convictions

  • Multiple Scholarship Opportunities

    3 or 4 year full tuition/fees, visit https://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html

    Campus Based Scholarship (1, 2, or 3 year full tuition/fees):
    High performing cadets have the opportunity to earn this, through exemplary performance, starting second semester of the Freshman year

    Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship (GRFD):
    Same merit-based scholarship opportunity as a campus based scholarship, but involves active participation in the National Guard or Army Reserve, an excellent option for students with a civilian career in mind

    Minuteman Scholarship:
    Same benefits as the GRFD scholarship, with the option of 1, 2, 3, or 4 year tuition/fees coverage. Removes the This scholarship is offered through your local National Guard or Army Reserve recruiter

    Any Army ROTC Cadet who receives any of the above scholarships automatically receives the General I.D. White scholarship from Norwich, covering Room and Board - this constitutes a full ride for all semesters the Cadet is on Scholarship

  • Army Extracurricular Activites

    Ranger Company:
    Expands on the basic light infantry operations taught in Army ROTC to include tactics, techniques, and procedures used by elite light infantry units in the U.S. Army.

    Mountain Cold Weather Company:
    Trains to proficiency in climbing, rappelling, skiing, and snowshoeing, as well as tactical operations at elevation and/or in sub-zero temperatures.

    Norwich Artillery Battery:
    Cadets learn how to safely operate, maintain, and employ various artillery pieces, such as M1A1, 75mm Pack Howitzers, a Sir W.C. Armstrong, and Whitworth Salute Cannon.

    Army School Opportunities:
    Cadets have the opportunity to attend Army schools like Airborne, Air Assault, Dive School, Tracker School, Jungle School, Mountain Warfare school, and more.

    Study Abroad Opportunities:
    Cadets are encouraged to study abroad during their time in Army ROTC. Programs are available in Germany, Italy, Prague, China, Korea and more.

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  • “The Corps of Cadets has been developing disciplined men and women of character for centuries, and I am excited to contribute to that legacy in some small way.”
    LTC Michael Titus, USA (Ret.), Commandant of Cadets Norwich University
  • “I chose Norwich because I wanted more out of my college experience than just classes and a dorm. Norwich gave me opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else: a military lifestyle, a family environment, leadership opportunities, and challenges. That’s what I wanted.”
    Christopher Cole ’15 Chemistry major, Navy ROTC Scholar
  • “At Norwich, I learned that you can accomplish anything—honestly, anything put before you. It’s a mindset. Whatever anyone throws at you, you can most certainly do. You just have to tell yourself that you can, and it will be accomplished.”
    Samantha Thornton ’16 Criminal Justice Major
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