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UW’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

Recipient of the 2017 ROTC MacArthur Award for overall program excellence

FORT KNOX, Kentucky (Feb. 7, 2018) — The U.S. Army Cadet Command announced today the eight winners of the MacArthur Awards for the school year 2016-2017.

The award recognizes the eight schools, selected from among the 275 senior Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) units nationwide, as the top programs in the country.

The awards, presented by Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur.

The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadets’ performance and standing on the command’s National Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.

Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards each year since 1989.  Read more here.


2018 Ranger Challenge Competition

2018 Ranger Challenge Competition

Congratulations to our Ranger Challenge Team for taking 1st Place in the 8th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition! They beat out 12 universities for a chance to compete in the United States Military Academy’s Sandhurst International Military Competition in April.

The Ranger Challenge Program is a tough mental and physical competition that challenges and enhances leader development, develop team cohesion and healthy competition among ROTC programs.  UW took first, Claremont McKenna- second, and Boise State- third.  UW will go up against seven other ROTC programs, USMA teams and foreign military and sister service teams at Sandhurst.

Check out some of the highlights from the competition.  (Courtesy of Cadet Ruatos)

Why Army ROTC?

The University of Washington Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is dedicated to developing character and leadership in young men and women.  ROTC offers unique scholarship and career opportunities focused on building leaders for our nation and helping students become leaders for life.

Like the United States Military Academy, the purpose of Army ROTC is to train and commission Army officers. For over 100 years, UW has produced officers for the United States Army and their names are proudly displayed on our walls. We seek talented young men and women who possess a desire to lead, a passion for service, and aspire to make an impact on the world.

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