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International Fellows Meet Scranton ROTC Cadets

Nearly 80 international fellows from the U.S. Army War College, who represented 75 different countries, met with members of the ROTC program hosted at The University of Scranton for a dinner and presentation by Royal Battalion cadets.
November 10, 2017

Nearly 80 foreign military officers, who are international fellows at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, visited The University of Scranton in October for a dinner and presentation by cadets in the ROTC program hosted at the University. The presentation provided information about military education in the United States at the cadet level through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Leading the presentation were cadets Jeremy Yeoman, Easton, Royal Battalion executive officer and a mechanical engineering major at Wilkes University; John Filipczyk, Benton, Royal Battalion operations officer and accounting major at The University of Scranton; and Michael Kolcharno, Dunmore, Royal Battalion commander and information sciences and technology major at Penn State Scranton.

The foreign officers are spending a year at the U.S. Army War College to advance their professional qualifications, to study and write on subjects related to the security interests of their own and allied nations, and to establish working relationships with U.S. military officers, as well as to learn about the United States and its institutions.

President Woodrow Wilson established the ROTC in the United States in 1916. Today, 48 percent of new active duty army officers are ROTC graduates with members of the U.S. military representing less than one percent of the total U.S. population.

The Army ROTC program at The University of Scranton was established in 1951

Currently there are 111 cadets in the program, and 1,222 second lieutenants have been commissioned since its creation at the Scranton campus.

From left, ROTC cadet presenters Jeremy Yeoman, Easton, Royal Battalion executive officer and a mechanical engineering major at Wilkes University; John Filipczyk, Benton, Royal Battalion operations officer and an accounting major at The University of Scranton; and Michael Kolcharno, Dunmore, Royal Battalion commander and an information sciences and technology major at Penn State Scranton; Major William White, professor of military science; and Brian Conniff, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University. The ROTC program is housed in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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A presentation by cadets in the ROTC program hosted at The University of Scranton provided international fellows at the U.S. Army War College with information about military education in the United States at the cadet level through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). President Woodrow Wilson established the ROTC in the United States in 1916. Today, 48 percent of new active duty army officers are ROTC graduates with members of the U.S. military representing less than one percent of the total U.S. population.

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