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Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Records

Collection ID: RG 2-13A

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records pertaining to the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at Old Dominion University. The collection includes publications such as The Torch and veterans materials.


  • circa 1969-2019



0.20 Linear Feet

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Army and Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) at Old Dominion University prepare young men and women to officers in the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Students who take part in R.O.T.C. are leaders in their own corps and battalions, as well as other campus organizations. R.O.T.C. students at the university graduate within four years with about ten more classes than other students. Army R.O.T.C. was established at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary in 1948 but quickly disbanded in 1950 due to the Korean War. It was re-established at Old Dominion University in September 1969 as part of the Darden School of Education. On July 4, 1971, the first commissioning ceremony was held with six Cadets receiving appointments as Second Lieutenants. There are currently over 300 cadets with half of them are enlisted in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard and receive tuition assistance, monthly drill pay, GI Bill, and other benefits. The Hampton Roads Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps consists of over 400 Sailors, Marines, and Midshipmen from three schools: Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, and Hampton University. The H.R.N.R.O.T.C. which was established in 1982, is one of the largest officer training battalions in the nation.

Note written by Kathleen Smith

Language of Materials



Collection pertaining to the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at Old Dominion University.

Source of Acquisition


Method of Acquisition

Various transfers.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid created by Krystal Jones in February 2014.

A Guide to the Reserve Officers' Training Corps Records
Krystal Jones, February 2014; Kathleen Smith, August 2014
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU University Archives Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US