The University of Scranton

The University of Scranton was initially founded in 1888 as Saint Thomas College by the Most Reverend William G. O’Hara, D.D., the first bishop of Scranton.  It achieved university status in 1938, and was entrusted to the care of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1942.  Army ROTC was first instituted at the University of Scranton in 1951 in the midst of the Korean War, and the “Royal Warrior Battalion” was born.  In the 1950's, the University was an all male institution and each student had to enroll in Army ROTC for their first two years, with the Cadet Regiment reaching over a thousand strong.

In the 1960's Army ROTC became voluntary and the University of Scranton became co-educational.  In 1994, the battalion was renamed the "North East Pennsylvania Battalion."

In 1995, then University President Rev. J.A. Panuska, S.J., placed a major emphasis on Army ROTC. Under his leadership and guidance, several incentives such as free room and board, were approved for students who won high school Army ROTC Scholarships.  Additionally, the University of Scranton became an Army Partner in Nursing Education.

With this emphasis came an expansion of the North East Pennsylvania Battalion.  At present, the North East Pennsylvania Battalion enjoys a partnership with 12 academic institutions: the University of Scranton,Kings College, Wilkes University, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Lackawanna College, Baptist Bible College, Pennsylvania State University – Worthington, Pennsylvania State University – Wilkes Barre, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Luzerne County Community College, and Keystone College.

In 1997, the North East Pennsylvania Battalion won the Best Army ROTC Unit Award competing against 130 other ROTC battalions in the First ROTC Region.  In 1998, the program became one of the first in the nation to approve a Minor in Leadership based mainly on the Army ROTC program.  The North East Pennsylvania Battalion has consistently been ranked amongst the top 15% of all Army ROTC programs in the nation.

Graduates of the North East Pennsylvania Battalion have supported the nation with distinction.  Noted alumni include Brigadier General Peter E. Genovese, Jr. (’58), Brigadier General John L. Kotcho (’59), Major General Daniel J. O'Neill (’59), Major General John P. Herrling (‘60), Lieutenant General John C. Cusick (‘64), Brigadier General
Kevin C. Kiley, MD (‘72), Brigadier General John L. Gronski (’78) and Brigadier General Michael J. Terry (‘79), and Congressman Patrick Murphy (’96).  Our graduates have fought in Vietnam, Panama, Saudi Arabia and beyond.  Currently we have graduates serving in Bosnia, Kuwait, Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq.