Leadership That Lasts a Lifetime
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is an elective curriculum you take alongside your regular required college classes. In addition to great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your education through scholarships.
ROTC gives you the tools, training, and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. We are located on campus across from Turpin Stadium (Go Demons!) in North Hall – Gov. James A. Noe Military Science Building.
You will have a normal NSU college student experience like everyone else on campus. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate in the Basic Course (your freshman and sophomore years) without any obligation to join the Army.
If you choose to complete the Advanced Course (your junior and senior years), when you graduate you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in.
Who we’re looking for
Those who will succeed in the Army!
ROTC Cadets are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong, and leaders who have a great desire to learn and lead.
If you’re considering an undergraduate Nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality. Being an Army Nurse provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world. As an Army Nurse and Officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties.
Cadets who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course (junior and senior years) must agree to complete a period of service with the Army. You can serve full time in the Army or those who qualify may choose to serve part time as a member of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve while pursuing a civilian career.
ROTC provides an experience that you can’t get anywhere else. Contact the Department of Military Science at 318-357-6501 for more details.
The mission of the Army ROTC program is to “Commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better Americans.”
Goals of the Army ROTC Program
- To attract, motivate and prepare selected students with the potential to serve as commissioned officers in the Regular Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard
- To provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of military art and science
- To develop leadership and managerial potential, a basic understanding of associated professional knowledge, a strong sense of personal integrity, honor and individual responsibility, and an appreciation of the requirement for national security
Army ROTC in the United States
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) had its beginning with the Morrill Act of 1862, which provided for military instruction in land grant colleges. In 1866, a Congressional act gave the President the authority to detail as many as twenty officers to teach Military Science in schools of higher learning. By 1893, the number of instructors had increased to a hundred and they were called Professors of Military Science. By the turn of the century, more than 100 colleges and universities offered instruction in Military Science. The National Defense Act of 1916 provided for additional officers to be trained in colleges and universities under the now formalized ROTC program. This act, along with the Defense Act of 1920, more closely tied the training of officers with the actual needs of the Army. By 1928, the ROTC program had enlarged to include units in 325 schools, enrolling 85,000 students, and commissioning 6,000 men per year. This relatively inexpensive program paid rich dividends when the nation prepared for war in 1940-41. At the outbreak of WW II, more than 56,000 ROTC officers were called to duty. By the end of the war, 100,000 plus had served. By 1950, 219,000 students were enrolled in ROTC.
In 1964, the ROTC program was revised to improve the flow of qualified Reserve officers into the Active Army, as well as the reserve components. The four-year senior program was strengthened with the addition of scholarship provisions. A two-year program was also added. Congress additionally authorized the establishment of Junior ROTC programs at qualified public and private secondary schools in 1966. Between 1965 and 1970, ROTC provided the primary source of new officers for the Regular Army and the Reserves, with the National Guard relying on state-run officer Candidate Schools (OCS) for its officers.
In 1971 with the winding down of the Vietnam War, a growing number of ROTC graduates were released into the Reserves or National Guard due to cutbacks in active Army officer requirements. On 2 May 1986, the US Army ROTC Cadet Command was established as a major subordinate command under Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Along with activation came a redesigned patch bearing the motto “Leadership Excellence”. Currently, the program is offered at more than 250 host institutions and extension centers. In addition, more than 1,000 other schools offer the program through cross enrollment agreements. ROTC commissions over 3,800 cadets as second lieutenants per year, providing the US Army with over 70 percent of its new officers.
The history of the Demon Battalion dates back to 1950, when the NSU Army Senior Division Unit was established. Branch material, anti-aircraft artillery was offered initially. An interim program was directed in Septmember 1954 and the complete transition to the General Military Science program was completed in June 1955.
On 31 March 1965, a new “Agreement for Establishment of Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Unit” was signed by the Department of the Army and the President of Northwestern State University. Under the terms of this Agreement, Northwestern State University contracted to continue its voluntary four year ROTC program while concurrently offering a two-year course of instruction in Military Science.
Today, the NSU Demon Battalion is a proud organization, providing Cadets with intense, high-quality instruction in the field of Military Science while simultaneously offering a collaborative relationship and extra-curricular activities. Leadership Excellence starts here!
The Northwestern Demon Regiment is continuing its efforts to keep in contact with graduates from the program. Please take time to visit the Demon Regiment Page at ndr.nsula.edu.