CHARGE & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The ROTC Advisory Committee shall be responsible for advising the University President, the University faculty, and the Department of Military Science on matters affecting the Reserve Officers Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) program at the University and to work cooperatively with the department in reviewing and making recommendations concerning the officer education program. Specifically, the committee shall: (1) Advise the President, the faculty, and the Department of Military Science on matters concerning military education on the campus; (2) Review all courses to be offered by the R.O.T.C. and provide recommendations to the University's curriculum authorities, including recommendations on degree credit where appropriate; (3) Review and recommend on all proposed R.O.T.C. instructional appointments to the Provost; and, (4) Hear appeals from students enrolled in R.O.T.C. on matters concerning their academic standing in R.O.T.C. and make recommendations in such cases to the appropriate authorities.
Membership of the ROTC Advisory Committee is fixed, consisting of: 3 faculty from departments other than the Department of Military Science; the senior officer of the ROTC program (ex officio), the Provost or designee (ex officio, non-voting), and 2 students, 1 of whom must be currently enrolled in the ROTC program and 1 who is not enrolled in ROTC.
The ROTC Advisory Committee shall report to the University Senate. At a minimum this report shall be in the form of an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final University Senate meeting in May. The committee shall also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate as necessary.
In January 1916, then University of Oregon, (UO) president Prince Lucien Cambell, established a ROTC curriculum led by LTC John Leader, a retired British officer. Over 100 students participated in the first drill in March 1916, led by officers from the Oregon National Guard. By the fall term 1916, ROTC became compulsory for all male freshmen and sophomores. On January 27, 1919, ROTC was officially established at the UO, commanded by COL. William Bowen. ROTC became voluntary in the fall of 1962. The long tradition of ROTC at the UO has produced the highest number of General Officers of all nonmilitary ROTC schools nationwide. A total of 44 flag officers are University of Oregon graduates.
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