ROTC News - 2009

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  • Navy ROTCWith over a thousand undergraduate students admitted to MIT every year, only a small percentage choose to begin to pursue a career in the military while still in college. While the ROTC programs at MIT have been in existence for decades, the number of students enrolled in each program –Navy, Army, and Air Force – is significantly smaller than it was years ago, despite the fact that the battalions at MIT also include students from neighboring colleges.

  • Cadet Col. Ryan W. CastoniaCadet Col. Ryan W. Castonia, a senior at MIT majoring in aerospace engineering, was recently named the 2009 United States Air Force Cadet of the Year by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton A. Schwartz. This award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in one of the Air Force commissioning programs including the Air Force Academy, Officer Training School and Air Force ROTC.

  • ROTC Commissioning CeremonyOn Friday, June 5th, the Army, Naval and Air Force ROTC units commissioned 12 graduating MIT Seniors into their respective branch of service as Second Lieutenants and Ensigns. The Ceremony was held at the District 1 U.S. Coast Guard Station in Boston. We had a full attendance at this year’s Commissioning, including ROTC and MIT alumni, many returning for their class reunions.