Bicentennial Updates – Spring 2016


For 100 years, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) has been educating and training cadets for leadership positions in the United States military. In honor of this milestone—and in recognition of Norwich University as the birthplace of ROTC—the first major event of Norwich’s Bicentennial Commemoration and Celebration will be the ROTC 100, presented at Norwich April 21–23, 2016.

BONUS: Read the article, “Captain Alden Partridge and the Origins of ROTC: A Reappraisal,” by Gary T. Lord, Dana Professor of History. The story originally appeared in the Norwich University Centennial Symposium program.

The symposium will focus on how the next generation of leaders will prepare to address America’s national security on a global scale. Headlining the three-day event are keynote speakers General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, and Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, Deputy Commanding General, Futures/Director, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, ARCIC (Army Capabilities Integration Center).

“Preparing for the Next Century of ROTC,” a panel discussion featuring leaders from all branches of the military, will be moderated by Tom Bowman, Pentagon Reporter for National Public Radio. In addition, there will be roundtable discussions with mentoring and networking opportunities for alumni.

Live streaming of the speakers and panel discussion will allow students, faculty, and staff at military colleges and the service academies to participate remotely, providing a platform for a national dialogue on the future of ROTC.

Wrapping up the three-day event will be a worldwide, synchronized 5K fun run involving potentially tens of thousands of ROTC, Junior ROTC, and civilian runners and walkers.

Detailed schedule of events and registration information.

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