The History of the NSU Spartan Battalion
The Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) began with the signing of the National Defense Act of 1916 on June 3rd by President Woodrow Wilson. Military Training had been taking place at civilian’s colleges and universities as early as 1819. The signing of the National Defense Act brought this training under a single, federally controlled for the first time.
The Senior Division Army ROTC at Norfolk State University was established on July 1st 1948, as the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia. At that time, it was offered only as a basic two year program. Beginning in the School year of 1964-1965, the full four year program was offered at Norfolk State University. Army ROTC at Norfolk State officially separated from Virginia State College on July 1st, 1969 and now operates as a host university for Army ROTC. It is one of the largest and highly competitive non-military programs in Virginia.
Since its early beginnings, the Army ROTC program at Norfolk State has commissioned over 760 officers for the active Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard. The senior most ranking alumnus is Lieutenant General (Retired) Michael D. Rochelle, former Army G1.