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December 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson ROTC On Bowman Field In 1970’s

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Today’s photo is of Clemson’s ROTC cadets on Bowman Field in the early 1970s.

Clemson's overall ROTC enrollment dropped to its lowest point during the Vietnam War, but started to increase again by the late 1970s. In 1980 Congress revamped the ROTC program which also helped increase the enrollment.

Clemson Air Force ROTC, or aerospace studies, has a rich history dating back to World War I. Year after year, Detachment 770 is named one of the nation’s top medium-size detachments. Detachment 770 gives men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing their degrees.

Clemson’s Army ROTC, or military science, was established as an integral part of Clemson's academic curriculum beginning in 1893 with the institution's first full-time academic year of operation. The program provides unique leadership training and management experience and helps students develop the qualities necessary for success in either a military or civilian career. Students earn a college degree and an Army officer's commission at the same time.

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