Courses in military science serve as the cornerstone of the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), the fundamental training program for future military leaders. Christopher Newport University has a proud ROTC tradition, one reflected in the name of CNU’s ROTC unit, “The Revolutionary Guard Battalion.”

An academic elective, ROTC combines courses in military science with practical leadership training. This combination prepares men and women for success in college, the Army and their chosen profession.

Students who accept an Army scholarship or begin the ROTC’s Advanced Course commit to serving as an officer on active duty, reserve duty and/or within the National Guard. Upon graduating from college these cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants.

ROTC commissioning has become an annual tradition at Christopher Newport. During a private ceremony prior to Saturday’s commencement exercises, family members witness ROTC graduates take an oath to defend and serve our country as commissioned officers in the armed forces. These graduates are then sworn in once more – this time before the campus community during commencement.