ROTC Centennial Observed in State
The 1916 National Defense Act was passed on June 3, 1916 in response to the campaign by the Preparedness Movement championed by former president Theodore Roosevelt and General Leonard Wood. The 1916 National Defense Act provided major restructuring of the U.S. Army expanding the size and scope of the National Guard and establishing the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) to train and prepare high school and college students for Army service. The 1916 National Defense Act was drafted by James Hay of Virginia, the Chairman of the House Committee on Military Affairs.
In 1926, the U.S. Department of the Navy established the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. The purpose of the NROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Marine Corps and in the Navy as unrestricted line officers.
In 1946, 76 ROTC Senior Division Air ROTC units were established by the War Department. General Orders Number 124, signed by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Army Chief of Staff. At the beginning of the 1946-1947 school year it was known as the “Army Air Corps.” In 1947 the Army and Air Force became separate entities.
In observance of the Centennial, the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame recognized the Oklahoma ROTC units and alumni on October 21 in Norman. Follow this link to see the schedule of events.
An interview on the Trent England Show with Maj. Gen. Douglas Dollar about this year’s Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame.
Videos to Watch
We encourage you to view these instructive videos about the history and contributions of ROTC:
OStateTV video featuring part of induction ceremony.
This site has been established by the National Society of Scabbard and Blade military honor society to help observe the centennial of the ROTC in Oklahoma, and recognize the programs of all our military services.