Emory & Henry College Launches ROTC Program

Posted by Rachael Wilbur

Emory & Henry College will launch an Army ROTC program at the start of the fall semester.

The program will initially start with support from the ROTC program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. Emory & Henry College will become one of only five private institutions in Virginia to offer an ROTC program.

“Army ROTC offers the broadest path for young men and women seeking to serve the nation as Army officers to achieve their potential,” said Charlie Quillin, Veteran Services Coordinator at Emory & Henry College.

The program is open to all current and incoming students enrolled at Emory & Henry. Upon graduation, students will be commissioned as officers and may serve in the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Army ROTC is the largest officer-producing organization with the American military, having commissioned more than half a million second lieutenants since its inception.

ETSU has commissioned over 1,500 men and women as U.S. Army second lieutenants since its first commissioning ceremony in 1953. The new partnership will allow Emory & Henry students to become cadets and participate in leadership and physical training courses at ETSU while continuing their academic studies.

“We are pleased to add more Cadets into our Battalion and eventually more commissioned officers as this partnership grows. We provide Cadets with the tools to succeed in an extremely important mission – defending our great nation,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Dodge, professor and chair of military science at ETSU.

Although the program is designed to be completed in four years, students may complete all requirements within a two-year period through participation in a summer training session called the Leader’s Training Course. Participants who contract with the Army ROTC will earn a stipend and six credits.

“I just can’t say enough about the impact that this program is going to have on our institution, our community and the students who participate,” said Quillin. “This will be a life-changing experience for those who participate, with lessons on character, self-discipline, teamwork and service to community.”

Emory & Henry College is a military friendly school and participates in the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon programs for veterans and their dependents.

Today, Army ROTC has nearly 300 programs located at colleges and universities throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with an enrollment of more than 35,000. It produces approximately 60 percent of the second lieutenants that join the active Army, the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. More than 40 percent of current active duty Army General Officers were commissioned through the ROTC.

For more information about the Emory & Henry ROTC program, contact Charlie Quillin at cquillin@ehc.edu or Mary Bolt (transfer and graduate coordinator at Emory & Henry College) at mbolt@ehc.edu.

  • Emory & Henry College welcomes a new agreement with ETSU with the ROTC program.
    Emory & Henry College welcomes a new agreement with ETSU with the ROTC program.

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