Welcome to the Georgetown University Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program. Georgetown Army ROTC, the Hoya Battalion, is among the best in the country, consistently producing highly qualified commissioned officers for both the Active Army and the Reserve Component.
Our approach to training is simple: we start with the fundamentals and build from there, challenging you to push your limits along the way. We hone your leadership skills by providing resources, guidance, mentorship and multiple opportunities to expand your horizons. We encourage you to take advantage of our program’s location: our member schools (Georgetown University, The George Washington University, American University, the Institute of World Politics, and The Catholic University of America) and the National Capitol Region. Our program develops you personally and professionally, to fully prepare you to meet the challenges and responsibilities that you will encounter as a leader in the United States Army.
Leadership as a commissioned officer is a privilege you must earn; we will not simply entrust America’s sons and daughters to your care. As such, the Army ROTC program’s standards are high, and not everyone possesses what it takes to complete the course. However, your commitment to our program, as displayed by continued motivation, desire, and hard work, should ensure your success. Successful completion of the Georgetown Army ROTC program prepares you not only for a rewarding career as an Army officer, but it also will be instrumental in your personal and professional growth.
Army ROTC requires a sincere commitment on your part, yet it is a journey you will not make on your own. The Army is truly a family, and we replicate that relationship through a formal mentorship program that provides cadets with advice, counsel, and friendship. You can also seek advice from your class instructor or one of the outstanding non-commissioned officers in the battalion. In addition, this cadet handbook will provide some of the basic information you’ll need to get started, including program standards, uniform wear and unit traditions.
Again, welcome to the Hoya Battalion. I look forward to meeting and working with you in the coming year.
Patrick A. Donahue
Professor of Military Science