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Marist Army ROTC in NY: At a Glance

What is ROTC?

Photo of ROTC student exerciseThe Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is the largest program within the military responsible for commissioning new officers. Through almost 275 programs across the United States throughout numerous major universities, ROTC produces 60% of the second lieutenants within the Army.

Throughout their experience in ROTC, cadets are enrolled in military science courses which help develop leadership skills applicable to both military and civilian settings. Cadets can go on to serve entire careers in the military, or translate their military leadership ability into civilian occupations after their service obligation.

The Marist College ROTC program has been commissioning officers into the Army since 2006, and Marist cadets have gone to serve in a wide array of jobs as officers, such as Ranger qualified infantrymen, pilots, and Army lawyers.

To learn more about the overall ROTC program, visit the US Army Cadet Command’s website.

Marist Army ROTC

Marist College Army ROTC is an extension center of Fordham University ROTC. Here at Marist, we are Charlie Company of the Ram Battalion. We run our Military Science courses, Leadership Labs, as well as Physical Training at Marist separately from our greater headquarters in New York City. Charlie Company shares military science instructors with Fordham (Alpha and Bravo companies), and we meet for certain Battalion-wide training events throughout the year, such as new cadet orientation and field training exercises. Cadre and military science instructors are shared between us and Fordham, and we enjoy leadership and tactical instruction from active duty officers and enlisted personnel who are hand picked by Cadet Command as world class leaders, designated to instruct our Army's newest generations of officers. As a result, cadets in Charlie Company can expect to receive instruction from a wide range of experienced cadre, ranging from accomplished combat arms soldiers coming from the infantry, armor, and field artillery branches, as well as logistics, medical, and legal branches, just to name a few!

Video courtesy of Liam O'Brien