2012 General Douglas MacArthur Award winner for excellence
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Company and Battalion Guidons posted at the Orientation Lab

History of the Change of Command Ceremony

The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia. At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit. To this flag and its commander, the soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust.

When a change of command took place, the flag was passed to the individual assuming the command. This gesture was accomplished in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who held the flag also held the soldier’s allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history.

"Pride of PA" ROTC Wins One of Only Eight General Douglas MacArthur Award 

      Every year since 1989, the United States Army has recognized eight programs across the nation – one from each region. The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation and the United States Army recognize those ROTC programs and Universities that demonstrate the highest ideals for which General MacArthur stood – Duty, Honor, and Country. “Its recognition that this program in 2012 has attained the highest ideals of which our country was basically founded upon.” The other seven schools to win this award include: Texas A&M, Iowa State University, University of Virginia, University of Colorado, University of Georgia, University of Notre Dame, and Pacific Lutheran University. 

“Duty, Honor, Country – those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be cause for little faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.”

                                                                                      ~General MacArthur’s Thayer Award

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Do you have what it takes to lead American Soldiers?!

Legacy & Value
Officers in the Army possess the skills necessary lead others through the most challenging of circumstances.

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was born when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half million Officers. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military. 

Army ROTC is a diverse group of men and women with more than 20,000 Cadets currently enrolled. Women have been an integral part of Army ROTC since the first group of women was commissioned in 1976. Today, women constitute 20 percent of the Cadets. 

Army ROTC has a total of 273 host programs with more than 1,100 partnership and affiliate schools across the country. It produces approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants who join the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. More than 40 percent of current Active Duty Army General Officers were commissioned through ROTC. Army ROTC provides Cadets with the character-building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training.