MARIANNA—Chipola College officials are exploring the possibility of offering an Army ROTC program at the college as early as the summer of 2017.
If approved, the new Chipola ROTC would be part of a collaborative unit managed by the existing Army ROTC regiment at Florida A. and M. University. LTC Ed Escobar, US Army, Battalion Commander, Army ROTC, FAMU, met with Chipola officials to discuss preliminary plans.
There are three main US Armed Forces Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) programs, connected to the Air Force, Army, and the Navy. Army ROTC provides two, three and four year training opportunities for full-time students to become commissioned officers.
ROTC candidates must complete a physical examination, physical fitness test, and participate in a paid military summer training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Successful applicants would then be eligible to receive a scholarship and/or stipend through ROTC while earning a bachelor’s degree at Chipola.
Successful ROTC graduates are then eligible to receive a commission to begin service as a second lieutenant in the US Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.
Dr. David Bouvin, Chipola’s Dean of Business and Technology, is leading the initiative to start the ROTC program. He is also a graduate of an ROTC program. Bouvin says, “ROTC provides excellent opportunities for students to help pay for college and to begin a career in the armed forces. Serving on active duty provided me with an opportunity to begin working in higher education as an instructor while I completed graduate school.” Bouvin eventually transitioned from active duty as a Captain in the US Air Force.
In addition to scholarships and/or stipends, ROTC students would have the opportunity to participate in leadership, physical fitness events, and team-building activities.
For more information about the ROTC process, contact Dr. David Bouvin at 718-2380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.