|ROTC Prepares Students for Service to Country
Forty-nine students are graduating from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs and starting active military service as officers with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Commissioning signifies the beginning of a student’s active military service. Each student will take an oath of office in his or her respective branch of service in one of three commissioning ceremonies taking place May 27 on campus.
From Naval ROTC, 21 students will be commissioned as ensigns and two as second lieutenants into active duty in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. Future career paths for those commissioned include: eight surface warfare officers (three will be nuclear trained), six submarine officers, six aviation officers, two Marine Corps officers, and one naval reactors engineer.
Admiral Kirkland Donald, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program with the United States Navy, will deliver the keynote address and oath of office.
In the Air Force, 10 graduates will become remotely piloted aircraft pilots, developmental engineers, and civil engineers. Colonel (Retired) Christopher E. O’Hara will deliver the keynote address at the commissioning ceremony.
In the Army, the Mohawk Battalion operates as the Army’s only commissioning source for colleges and universities throughout the Capital Region. This year, two of the 16 graduates that will be commissioned as second lieutenants are from Rensselaer. Of the 18 total commissionees, seven will go into active duty, nine will go into the National Guard, and two will go into the Reserve. Assignment locations for the new lieutenants include: Fort Leonard Wood, Mo; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; and Fort Carson, Colo.
Earlier in the month, the Rensselaer graduates attended a commissioning ceremony held on the Siena campus. Former NFL and NCAA Head Coach Bobby Ross delivered the keynote address.