Joint Commissioning Ceremony

Thursday May 17, 2007

President George W. Bush will host a joint ceremony today at the White House for 55 ROTC Cadets and Midshipmen from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. These Cadets and Midshipmen represent all U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and are the first to be honored in a ceremony of this type.

Each spring, thousands of young Americans begin military careers as Army officers through completion of ROTC, the U.S. Military Academy and Officer Candidate School. The 23 Army ROTC cadets selected to participate in today's ceremony represent the more than 28,000 young people who have decided to make Army ROTC a part of their total college experience.

The Army ROTC program is the college elective that these newly-commissioned officers chose to sharpen their leadership, decision-making and management skills. Since its inception in 1916, more than half a million men and women have earned a commission through the Army ROTC program.

The majority of officers serving in today's Army got their start through the Army ROTC program. As a result of their ROTC training and positive experiences while serving as commissioned officers, many graduates of the program decide to become career officers. Those who elect to leave the Army after their commitment, report that their ROTC training has positioned them for success in careers in any civilian career they may ultimately pursue.

Alumni of the program report that Army ROTC provided them leadership development and opportunities that have lasted them a lifetime. They note that the Army ROTC curriculum provides future officers with the tools, training and challenging hands-on experience to be successful leaders in any situation.

Army ROTC is one of the Nation's top leadership programs. And a wide range of opportunities are available to those who participate in the program. Those may include:

-Opportunities to compete for merit-based scholarships that provide full tuition, a generous tax-free stipend and an allowance for books and other course materials
-Hands-on leadership training that will prove useful in both a military and civilian setting
-Training that will allow you to enter one of the most respected professions in American society

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