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.
Since the 1980's, 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.
Former Dartmouth Presidents Jim Yong Kim and James Wright 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.
Former President Jim Yong Kim said, "I have profound respect and admiration for students who choose to participate in Army ROTC at Dartmouth College. It is a privilege to provide our cadets with a strong liberal arts education that will inform their careers as future military leaders. I often encourage students to embrace the words of former Dartmouth president John Sloan Dickey who said we must make the world's troubles our own. Few take that charge as literally as our brave men and women in ROTC who have chosen to serve in the U.S. military."
Last Updated: 9/4/13