Army ROTC Office Opens on NGU Campus
North Greenville University held an Open House on October 24 for its new Army ROTC Office on campus. The new space will be the central point for students to visit and receive direct information regarding the NGU Army ROTC program.
“The space will also serve as a location where current Cadets can come to in order to study, relax, and simply fellowship with each other,” says Enrollment and Scholarships Officer Al Williams.
NGU’s Army ROTC has been around since the nineties and for a time in the late sixties and early seventies and has partnered with Furman University. The partnership will continue, but NGU’s Cadets will have their own designated space to gather. The hope of the recruiters is to have a presence on the campus to enlist more students into the NGU program.
“The current NGU enrollment is 13 Cadets. We hope to greatly increase this number over the next 18 months,” said Williams.
Army ROTC is widely regarded as the best leadership course in the world. The training the Cadets receive prepare them for whatever leadership challenges they may encounter both in the military and corporate worlds.
Enrolled and qualified Cadets are eligible to receive two, three, or four-year scholarships that will pay 100% of their tuition and fees. Cadets may also select the room and board option in lieu of paying tuition. Room and board payment is limited to ten thousand per school year.
“Contracted Cadets [also] receive a monthly stipend,” Williams said. “Freshmen receive $250, sophomores $350, juniors $450, and seniors receive $500.”
Cadets also have the opportunity to apply for specialized training programs over the summer. These programs include: US Army Airborne School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare School, Northern Warfare School, Sapper Leader Course, and Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP).
In addition, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) units over a three to four-week period. In this program, Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Platoon leader positions have a three to four week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals.
The Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program (CULP) allows hundreds of Cadets to travel the globe, spending up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves.
This new space would not have been possible without the generous financial support from Dr. Bill and Jean McManus and family. Dr. McManus served 26 years as a Navy Chaplain and retired last year as a personal counselor and psychology professor for NGU. Even though he officially retired, he has been seen back in the classroom on campus this fall.
“I am honored that I was able to be a part of this project,” said McManus. “I have the upmost respect for these men and women and I want to invest in them and in NGU to continue to train future Cadets.”
Dr. Randall Pannell, former NGU interim president and current chief academic officer, was instrumental in recruiting McManus and his family to give to this project.
“Our military needs more soldiers with the character of NGU graduates,” said Pannell. “Supporting the Army coincides with NGU’s mission [to prepare students to become better, contributing members of society].”
For information about NGU’s ROTC program, visit www.ngu.edu/rotc.php, or contact Williams at 864.448-8877, or Sergeant First-Class Anthony, a SC Army National Guard recruiter, at 864.294.2715.
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