ROTC 100 Teleconference

Overview: During the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Travis Morris and Cadet Cameron Myette hosted a teleconference with the Senior Military Colleges to discuss the past, present, and future of ROTC. Both Dr. Morris and Cadet Myette have been working together on this event since early fall and was a pillar to the success the ROTC Centennial this past April.

Norwich Cadets and students brief senior military leaders from each branch of service on key findings from the ROTC centennial symposium. The SMC conference made a significant contribution to this brief by adding a national perspective and numerous different military cultures to the presentation.

Norwich Cadets and students brief senior military leaders from each branch of service on key findings from the ROTC centennial symposium. The SMC conference made a significant contribution to this brief by adding a national perspective and numerous different military cultures to the presentation.

Background: Cadet Myette first approached Dr. Morris early in the fall to pitch an idea about holding a conference with every military school and experts from various fields to discuss the future prospects of the 21st century citizen-soldier. The motivation behind this idea was Cadet Myette’s strong will to give back to Norwich and have the Peace and War Center take the roll as the leading body for this historic event. This idea quickly developed into a teleconference, which took place on March 24th, 2016. This teleconference included each Senior Military College to discuss where ROTC has been, where is it now, and where should it go under the umbrella of cross-cultural competencies. The discussion took place in the Kreitzberg Library on the University’s WebEx video conferencing platform. The final step culminated in Dr. Morris and Cadet Myette briefing MG Peggy Combs, Commanding General of Army ROTC Cadet Command, and her staff on the results of the conference.

After hundreds hours of research, logistical work with our IT department, and proper authorization from Norwich leadership, the Peace and War Center impacted the future of ROTC for the next century in a positive manner.

Dr. Morris is the Director of the Peace and War Center and an Assistant Professor for the School of Justice Studies and Sociology.

Cadet Myette is a senior in the Corps of Cadets graduating this May 2016 with a B.A. in Studies in War and Peace.