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February 24, 1950 - Image 6

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free ROTC Departments Now

Under One Roo

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Army, Navy, Air Groups
Offer Specialized Study
A jaunt through the labyrinths of North Hall would convince
even the most skeptical that armed forces unification - now achieved
on a national scale - is a reality here, too.
Now under one vast roof, the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC
departments boast a total enrollment this term of nearly 825 men,
just a slight drop from last year's figure.
With the Army's and Air Force's mass migration last fall
from its State Street home to North Hall has come a greater ex-
pansion of facilities within students' reach.
In addition to classroom duties, all ROTC and NROTC candidates
spend during their four-year program at least one summer - any-
where from one to eight weeks - at Army camps or on Atlantic
Ocean cruises, participating in mock maneuvers.
Army .. .
Army ROTC, with a current enrollment of 512, is divided into six
branches - in any of which the second-year student may specialize -
Signal, Quartermaster, Ordnance, Infantry, Medical and Dental.
Six Army officers and a crew of ten enlisted men comprise the
Army :4OTC faculty.
The uninitiated first-year student pursues a "common course" -
including map-reading, first aid and general policy - with his fel-
low Army and Air Force freshman classmates. The next year finds
him turning to one of the six branches for integrated specialized
The studies then begin to pay off; startiicg with the junior
year the cadet receives 90 cents daily for each working day of the
.,emester. In addition, he gets a custom-made uniform which ide
may keep after graduation.
Comes June of his fourth year, the candidate receives his official
commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Organized Army Reserve Corps.
Navy ...
Organized at the University in 1940 as one of 52 nationwide col-
lege programs, the Naval ROTC offers two distinct training setups
- contract and regular.
REGULAR NROTC candidates, upon completion of the four-year
naval science course, receive regular U.S. Navy commissions as mid-
shipmen. They are on the same educational footing as Annapolis
graduates, according to Cmdr. William Smith, Executive Officer.
After two years active duty, they may make their choice -
career or no - subject to Navy Department approval. If an
officer wishes to serve the Navy as a career, he must then spend
an additional four years in the Naval Reserve.
Contract students graduate with Reserve Officer commissions,
and are not obligated to go on active duty.
A STAFF OF SIX OFFICERS - headed by Capt. Homer B.
Wheeler - and several enlisted men appointed assistants by the
Board of Regents administers the NROTC's duties.
They provide instruction in the four branches of naval study
offered: Line officers (ship operators), supply officers, Marine
and Civil Engineering Corps.
Nearly 190 students this year are availing themselves of the naval
science program.
Air Force...
"Into the wild blue yonder!" - the Air Force's traditional cry4
has attracted more than 120 men to the campus Air Force ROTC
program this semester.
Established here in '46, it provides two special study fields, ad-
ministration and communications. The latter course is open only
to engineers or physics majors, however, according to department
head Lieut.-Col. Donald H. Ainsworth.
A NEW DIVISION-comptrollership-including work in analysis
and statistical control, is planned for next semester, he pointed out.
If a candidate, on the basis of scholarship and activities, is
named "Distinguished Military Student" at the end of his junior
year, he may apply for a regular commission in the U.S. Air Force.
And as a "Distinguished Military Graduate," his chances for
commission are virtually golden.1

ALL TUNED IN-Supervised by Cmdr. William Smith, NROTC Executive Officer (third from left),
candidates in the Navy Ordnance program adjust mechanisms of one of the NROTC's fire control
instruments. The one above is occasionally used to control the five-inch, 38 calibre double pur-
pose gun which graces the front lawn of North Hall. Other equipment within students' reach in-
cludes range finders, signalling devices and a complete cross-section of the battleship U.S.S. Da-
kota's engine room.

AIR FORCE EQUIPMENT-Captain Donald H. Merten, of the
Air Force ROTC faculty, explains to two of his student cadets
how to operate a radio ground set, used for medium range com-
munications between aircraft and ground. In addition to com-
munications apparatus, the Air Force unit has at its dispos4l
air command sets, radio compasses, medium power liaison sets
employed in transports and bombers and high frequency and
radar sets.

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