After MIT, New Officers Will Serve Their Country

Published in MIT News on June 16, 2017, by Meg Murphy, School of Engineering

Following their MIT studies, graduates in MIT’s Reserve Officer Training Corps set off on new challenges in the U.S. military.

A few hours after they received their MIT diplomas on the Institute’s famed Killian Court, 12 young women and men stood on the deck of the USS Constitution to receive commissions in the U.S. military. “You embody the best of MIT,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif told the new crop of surface warfare officers, pilots, flight officers, reactor and developmental engineers, ordnance officers, aircraft maintenance officers, and medical physicians.

2017 MIT ROTC CommissioningJoined by family and friends, who would later assist in affixing the cadets’ newly minted insignias, the graduates of MIT’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) took their oaths of service in one of three branches of the U.S. armed services: the Air Force, Army, and Navy. The ROTC program has been active at MIT since 1865, and typically graduates a dozen new officers every year. More than 12,000 officers have been commissioned from MIT since the program’s origin, and more than 150 have reached the rank of general or admiral.

The guest of honor at this year’s ceremony was four-star Air Force General Darren W. McDew, commander of U.S. Transportation Command. “Our current environment is highly uncertain,” he told the cadets. “We need people who think critically and can bring clarity in crisis. Don’t be afraid to be bold. Lead. Don’t shy away from it. Just lead,” he said. “Do what you know is right.” McDew’s command has responsibilities for air, land, and sea transportation for the Department of Defense and ultimately delivers national objectives on behalf of the president of the United States...

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