Corps of Cadets

Military colleges were not designed solely for students planning military careers.

The Corps of Cadets prepares all students to become competent and responsible citizens. Our founder, Capt. Alden Partridge, understood that structured military lifestyle combined with rigorous academics would benefit those pursuing careers in both the military world and the private sector. In addition to Norwich, the first private military college in the country, his vision resulted in the creation of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). As the birthplace of ROTC, Norwich houses all four branches of the U.S. Department of Defense military services: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Cadets seeking commissions in United States Coast Guard, an agency in the Department of Homeland Security, can pursue a commission through a special program called Direct Commission Selected School (DCSS) or by attending Officer Candidate School after graduation.

Our objective is to encourage students to become stronger and more determined leaders. During Corps leadership training, cadets confront daily challenges that define their character as future leaders. They learn to take responsibility for their actions, and support their comrades in pursuit of a common goal. Those who rise to the mental and physical challenge of life as a cadet are rewarded with useful life skills, self-confidence and self-discipline.

Graduates of Norwich make a difference in the world as leaders of business, government and the military. In the Corps of Cadets, students gain the practical experience, knowledge and strength of character to try, no matter what obstacles they face.

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