Dartmouth College has a long and proud history of producing commissioned officers in service to the Nation. The Dartmouth Army Reserve Officer Training Corps first began training cadets on campus in 1951. However, the College's history of producing officers on its campus began as early as 1918. In World War I the growing demand for well trained, educated, and exceptional young men became readily apparent and the Student Army Training Corps was developed and implemented campus-wide. Today, the trenches have disappeared from the Green yet Dartmouth Cadets are proudly following in the footsteps of their forebears and continuing the noble tradition of service to the Country.
Dartmouth College Class of 2015 Army ROTC Cadets and U.S. Marine Officer Candidates listen to a speech by Dartmouth College Trustee Nate Fick at the 2015 Commissioning Ceremony.
Since the 1980s, Dartmouth Cadets have continued to train on the Dartmouth College Campus in Hanover, New Hampshire under a participant agreement with Norwich University, a Senior Military College located in Northfield, Vermont. Dartmouth Army ROTC prepares cadets for success in any career - military, government, corporate, or non-profit. In short, we are the Best Leadership Course in America.
Dartmouth Presidents and senior leadership have shared a common bond of personal and institutional support for Dartmouth students who are preparing for military service, or coming to Dartmouth as veterans of our nation's service branches. In 2009, Dartmouth Honorary Degree Recipient General John Abizaid served as the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Speaker on Commencement weekend.
Congratulations to Dartmouth College's new 2015 Army 2nd Lieutenants: Monica R. Wagdalt, Joshua L. Rivers and Jonathan M. Griffith. We wish you well in your new careers!
Last Updated: 7/10/15