Princeton University
Can you pick out in this Fall '69 or Spring '70 photo: Charlie Kalmbach '68? Bill Lewis '71? Art Cilley '70? Gary Young '70? Gary Olson '71?

Princeton Army ROTC circa 1969

Can you pick out in this Fall '69 or Spring '70 photo: Charlie Kalmbach '68? Bill Lewis '71? Art Cilley '70? Gary Young '70? Gary Olson '71?


The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) as it exists today, began with the signing of the NationalDefense Act of 1916, on June 3 of that year by President Woodrow Wilson. Military training had been taking place at civilian colleges and universities as early as 1819 but the signing of the National Defense Act brought this training under a single, Federally-controlled entity -- the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) -- for the first time.


Army ROTC at Princeton

From its beginning in 1746, Princeton University’s history has often paralleled the military history of the nation.  The University became a battleground of the Revolutionary War in 1777.  In 1783 the newly formed Congress received General George Washington at Nassau Hall (where are present day commissions take place) and tendered him the Nation’s gratitude for his wartime services.  In 1919, following World War I, The War Department established as one of the 125 Army ROTC units, Princeton University Filed Artillery Battalion.  Stationed at Princeton that year was an instructional staff, which consisted of eight Regular Army Officers and an enlisted detachment of thirty men as well as 90 horses and a battery of four French 75mm guns.  While many changes have taken place since its inception in 1919, the Princeton ROTC unit traditionally remained a Filed Artillery unit until 1957 when the faculty approved adoption of a General Military Science Program.  Although some 9,972 Princeton men served in uniform in WWII, it was the 2,000 graduates of the ROTC program in the years between the wars that stood in the forefront as battlefield commanders or in key staff positions.  The record of Princeton men and women serving in WW II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, The Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and now in Iraq has proven beyond a doubt the value to the Nation of Princeton ROTC training and its motto  “In the Nation's service, in the service of all nations.”