Norwich University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) program is the nation’s oldest ROTC program of any kind. While the training of citizen-soldiers began with Norwich University’s founding 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, noncommissioned officers (NCOs), contractors, and civilians dedicated to the success of every Norwich cadet. The cadre at Norwich, hailing from careers in Special Forces, infantry, armor, military intelligence, logistics, and human resources, has more than 45 combined years of overseas service supporting the global War on Terror. Cadre members have served as battalion and company commanders, platoon leaders and platoon sergeants, leading paratroopers, snipers, and operators of M1 Abrams tanks and artillery. At home, Norwich’s AROTC cadre members 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 military or private sector careers.
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 an officer’s commission or a civilian vocation. Norwich boasts the nation’s highest rate of active-duty commissions and scholarships for contracted Army cadets.
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
FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS/SENIORS - National ROTC Scholarship: 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.