The Radford University Army ROTC program was established in 1978 under a cross-enrollment agreement between the presidents of both Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Radford University. In 1980, an agreement between Radford University and Cadet Command allowed the Radford University ROTC program to offer two, three, three and one half, and four year scholarships.
Army ROTC is taught at Radford University in partnership with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Radford University is one of the nation's largest partnership schools and typically commissions more officers than most ROTC programs.
Besides quantity, Radford University is also known for its quality. The following is a list of the program's many recognitions:
- General Douglas MacArthur Award (1994). In recognition of being the Nation's Top Program in the Small School Category.
- Partnership in Nursing Excellence (PNE) Program (1996). Radford University joined Cadet Command as a member of the PNE under an agreement with the Radford University Waldron College of Health and Human Services.
- No. 2 ranked cadet (2004) out of 4,000 ranked cadets nationally.
- Top marksman in the New River Batallion (2008, 2009).
We are very proud of our former cadets. Below is a list of some of those who have commissioned through our program and gone on to serve their country with pride.
- COL Eric Kall, class of 1987: After commissioning from Radford Universtiy, COL Kall went on to become Ranger certified in 1988, he married and had 2 children, completed a Ph.D. and published a series on leadership in the Harvard Business Review. Serving over 25 years as an Army Field Artillary Officer, in conventional and special pperations units, he was deployed in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqui Freedom. COL Kall earned the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for Valor. He also served as Course Director for military leadership at West Point. COL Kall passed away in 2013. Radford ROTC is proud to have been a part of COL Kall's military career.