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ROTC Coverage Added Recently

  • Fall 2017 The Amherst Story article "Veterans’ Days".  Note:  THe article describes how veterans and Amherst's first Army ROTC student in 20 years, Rebecca Segal '18, are connecting the campus to the military in innovative ways.
  • 27 October 2017 On Point article "The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: A Hundred Years Old and Still Going Strong" by Colonel Woolf Gross, USA-Ret.  Note:  The article describes the inception of ROTC at a 1913 meeting at the Harvard Club of New York of Army Chief of Staff Leonard Wood and former President Theodore Roosevelt, as well as others, including Harvard President A. Lawrence Lowell.  It also describes the 1916 Defense Act, which turned this plan into legislation, and its implementation: "the very first ROTC unit off the mark was Harvard’s. The Roosevelt-Wood-Lowell triumvirate ensured that the university would become the laboratory for the program. Taking the lead as is so often the case resulted in significant overkill with the Harvard Yard becoming, at least initially, a sort of auxiliary West Point. Under President Lowell’s guiding hand, virtually the entire student body became the basis for participation in the ROTC program."  The refinement of ROTC in the National Defense Act of 1920 is also described.

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