Norwich University Army ROTC Program Earns MacArthur Award

Norwich University Office of Communications

May 28, 2015

The U.S. Army Cadet Command has announced that Norwich University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has won one of eight MacArthur Awards for school year 2013-2014.

The awards, presented by Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of, “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur.

Norwich University is recognized as the birthplace of ROTC.

The Norwich Army ROTC program represents Cadet Command’s First Brigade, which consists of the nation’s six senior military colleges and five of the military junior colleges. For the school year 2013-2014, Norwich commissioned 92 second lieutenants into the U.S. Army, exceeding its goal of 76 for that year.

Known as one of the top producers of ROTC commissions, since 1984 Norwich University has commissioned a total of 1,995 cadets into the U.S. Army. And over the past 10 years, Norwich has commissioned 725 cadets.

The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission and its cadets’ performance and standing on the Command’s national Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.

Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards annually since 1989.

“This is a huge honor for the Norwich University Army ROTC program and really validates all the work we put into providing cutting-edge training,” said Colonel Eric W. Brigham, dean of the College of National Services and professor of military science.

“This distinction in part recognizes our success at retaining students in Army ROTC, who are attracted to a program full of complex challenges executed both in the classroom and in field training exercises around campus and out on Payne Mountain. As birthplace of ROTC, we prepare our recruits for the complex challenges facing them upon graduation.”

The U.S. Army Cadet Command is responsible for commissioning more than 60 percent of the Army’s new officers each year through 275 host programs, and more than 1,000 affiliated campuses, nationwide. The Command is also responsible for conducting the Army Junior ROTC program at more than 1,700 high schools nationwide.

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