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History of the ROTC Program & The Long Island ROTC Program

Even before the birth of the United States of America, the “citizen-soldier” has held a significant role in the defense of the nation. Beginning in the Revolutionary War, the “citizen-soldier” secured America’s freedom and continues to defend that freedom today. The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is an essential element of this proud, time-honored tradition.

The origins of military instruction in civilian colleges dates back to 1819 when CPT Alden Partridge founded the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, at Norwich, Vermont. Today, that institution of higher learning is called Norwich University located in Northfield, VT. In 1862, the U.S. Congress recognized the need for military training at civilian educational institutions. The Morrill Land Grant Act was enacted to fulfill this need, which donated lands and money to establish colleges that provided practical instruction in agriculture, mechanical, and military sciences.

The United States Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) as we know it today dates from the National Defense Act of 1916. College campuses provided quality officers to meet the rapidly expanding needs of mobilization. World War I prevented the full development of civilian educators and military professionals working together. At the conclusion of World War I, the program was fully implemented on college campuses. The success of this effort was demonstrated in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, and throughout the current Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). In 1964, the ROTC Vitalization Act improved the program by adding scholarships and expanding junior ROTC opportunities. The inclusion of women in the program in 1973 was another important milestone. The United States Army ROTC Cadet Command was organized 15 April 1986 at historic Fort Monroe, Virginia, blending the vibrancy of a new command with the traditions of the Army’s second oldest continuously active installation. In 2013, Cadet Command moved to Ft. Knox, KY where it currently holds the annual Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) or Advance Camp every summer for MSIII’s entering their MSIV year. A new chapter with the consolidation of all ROTC activities within Cadet Command, an organization forging its own identity and its own traditions. Today, Army ROTC opportunities are available across the country at almost three hundred host units, as well as hundreds of partnership schools.

Hofstra University ROTC History

Hofstra University was founded in 1935 as Long Island’s first coeducational college. It was initially considered an extension campus of New York University (NYU). In 1937, it expanded from a 2-year to a 4-year institution of higher learning and in 1939 officially separated from NYU. When Mitchell Army Air Field was deactivated in 1962, 150 acres was given to Hofstra to expand and build dormitories. The college quickly expanded in terms of facilities, overall academic areas, and student population. On 01 March 1963, Hofstra College became Hofstra University and since then has continued to grow both in size and reputation to become one of the premiere schools on Long Island, NY.

The Long Island ROTC Program has been on campus since 1951. The program was moved from the densely populated academic area located at Roosevelt Hall, which is on the south side of the campus near the Hofstra Law Library and Hofstra Deli, to the Physical Education Center, on the North West side of campus, in 2000, and finally to the Oak Street Center where it lies today.

Stony Brook University ROTC History

The institution was founded in 1957 in Oyster Bay as State University College on Long Island. What would become the university moved to Stony Brook in 1962. Since its establishment in Stony Brook, the university has expanded to include more than 200 major buildings with a combined area of more than 11 million gross square feet across 1,454 acres of land. In 2001, SUNY Stony Brook was elected to the Association of American Universities, joining four private universities (Cornell, Columbia, NYU, and Rochester) and one public university (SUNY Buffalo) elsewhere in its state.

The Long Island ROTC Program branched out to SUNY Stony Brook in 2006 supported by the SUNY Stony Brook ROTC Club. These classes support students at Stony Brook. It serves the Eastern half of the island, mainly in Suffolk and Eastern Nassau County. It is also accessible to the 84 local high schools on Long Island. The office of ROTC at Stony Brook is currently in the basement of the Student Activities Center, Room 010.

Photos from the Ordnance Corps ROTC of Hofstra College (1951 - 1952)

Letter in regards to the pictorial review of the Ordnance Corps ROTC at Hofstra College.

Office of the Adjutant - Captain R. L. Britten and SFC R. A. Ballentine checking student records.

Master boards showing Progress Training and ROTC Enrollment.

Main Corridor, Wood Hall, showing the location of the Adjutant's Office, ROTC Library, and PMS&T's Office.

Advance student using the ROTC Library.

Office of the PMS&T - Lt Col O. K. Knight in his office.

Office of the S3 - Major G. H. Quick checking training schedules. Background: Instructor's Weekly Teaching Assignment Boards.

Office of the Commandant of Cadets - Captain E. S. James having a student conference.

Office of the S4 - Captain R. A. Peltier working on a Field Storage Layout.

Classroom 602 - Instruction of a Freshmen section in Maps and Aerial Photographs.

Classroom 606 -Sergeant J. P. Carney assisiting in the instruction of a Sophomore section in Small Arms Materiel.

Classroom 609 - Instruction of the Junior section in Automotive Materiel.

Classroom 606 - Instruction of a Freshmen section in Individual Weapons and Marksmanship.

Arms Room, North-West Corner - SFC J. Cocuzza cleaning a weapon.

Arms Room, South-East Corner - M1 Rifles being checked.

Training Aids Section - M/SGT W. Best checking Graphic Training Aids.

Supply Room - Sergeant R. F. Boyens issuing uniforms.

Composite of the First Hofstra College ROTC Review

Presentation of the American Ordnance Association Medal to Cadet Captain James J. Slater, Honor Cadet, 1951 - 1952.

Architect's sketch of proposed Hofstra College ROTC building.

Professors of Military Science

LTC KNIGHT, Orville K. 1952 - 1954

LTC RAMSEY, Lloyd A. 1955 - 1957

LTC HECKER, Warren 1958 - 1961

LTC LONGINO, Mercer P. 1962 - 1964

LTC WOLFFINGER, Clarence 1965 - 1967

LTC OGLESBY, Charles K. 1967 - 1971

COL JACKSON, Saul 1971 - 1973

LTC ROGERS, James R. 1974 - 1976

LTC HANNAM, William T. Jr. 1977 - 1980

LTC KELTON, Earl R. 1981 - 1983

LTC WILLIAMS, Carrol W. 1984 - 1986

LTC LO PINTO, Robert A. 1986 - 1987

LTC ANDERSON, Monte R. 1988 - 1990

MAJ PRITCHETT, Donald E. 1990 - 1995

LTC ARATA, Stephen A. 1995 - 1998

LTC HENDERSON, Charles S. 1998 - 2001

LTC GAYLOR, William C. 2001 - 2004

LTC NICKOLAS, James D. 2004 - 2005

LTC ABB, William R. 2005 - 2008

LTC BODEN, Michael A. 2008 - 2011

LTC DANIEL, David L. 2011 - 2014

LTC CEDERMAN, Daniel L. 2014 - 2017