James Madison University

History of Army ROTC


James Madison University

On 18 December 1974, the president of Madison College withconcurrence of the president of the University of Virginia, petitioned theFirst ROTC Region Commander for approval of a cross-enrollment agreement toestablish Army ROTC instruction at Madison College, Hence, on 24 December 1974,Madison College was officially recognized with an ROTC detachment, affiliatedwith the University of Virginia.

From a program which originally consisited of two studentscommuting to the University of Virginia grew a prosperous and successful cadetbattalion. Oh 12 September 1979, James Madison University received on behalf ofthe Department of the Army, its Colors signifying its activation into the FirstROTC Region. During the 1992-93 academic school year, the "DukeBattalion" received the General Douglas MacArthur Award for its achievementas the Best ROTC Battalion in the nation for large-sized schools.

Since becoming a ROTC Unit, enrollment has soared from 2individuals to over 300 James Madison University students. The curriculum asalso expanded to include ten classes plus a leadership laboratory. Uponreceiving their undergraduate degrees, ROTC cadets are commissioned as SecondLieutenants in the United States Army.

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