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Here the Queen’s Guard marches in the New Brunswick Veteran’s Day Parade.

Marching in Veteran’s Day Parade

Here the Queen’s Guard marches in the New Brunswick Veteran’s Day Parade.

ROTC History

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), as it exists today, began with President Wilson signing the National Defense Act of 1916.  Although military training had been taking place in civilian colleges and universities as early as 1819, the signing of the National Defense Act brought this training under single, federally-controlled entity: The Reserve Officers' TrainingCorps.

Rutgers Queens Guard

The Queens Guard was formed in 1957 as an extracurricular activity and quickly gained widespread recognition for its unusually precise drillmovements.  Over the next 35 years, the team dominated intercollegiate competition, winning many U.S. national championships, and traveled the worldto represent the United States at more than 12 prestigious international exhibitions throughout Scotland, England, Wales, Canada, Australia, NewZealand, France, and Germany.

ROTC Today

Army ROTC is the largest officer-producing organization with the American Military, having commissioned more than half a million second lieutenants since its inception.  Women have been an integral part of the Army ROTC since school year 1972-1973.  The first group of females from ROTC were commissioned in school year 1975-1976.  Today, women constitute 20 percentof the Corps of Cadets and more that 15 percent of each commissioning cohort.