African Americans and ROTC: Military, Naval and Aeroscience Programs at Historically Black Colleges, 1916-1973

African Americans and ROTC: Military, Naval and Aeroscience Programs at Historically Black Colleges, 1916-1973

by Charles Johnson
     
 

This work covers Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) detachments at historically African American colleges and universities throughout the United States from the inception of the Student Army Training Corps to the advanced programs currently in place. The armistices following World War I allowed for ROTC programs to be set up, World War II saw a push for recruits

Overview

This work covers Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) detachments at historically African American colleges and universities throughout the United States from the inception of the Student Army Training Corps to the advanced programs currently in place. The armistices following World War I allowed for ROTC programs to be set up, World War II saw a push for recruits, and American participation in Vietnam made use of black soldiers more than ever. Despite African American participation in the military in war and peace, it took nearly 60 years for black collegiate education institutions (around 1973) to fulfill their need for Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs producing commissioned officers.

The book discusses the beginnings of the ROTC programs at African American colleges with the Student Army Training Corps and the establishment, expansion and reorganization of the programs that followed. The acquisition of Air Force and Navy ROTC programs are discussed and all the revisions to the various programs thereafter, including opening them up to women.

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exhaustively detailed...factually dense...fine reference volume...recommended
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The National Defense Act of 1916 provided for the establishment of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) detachments at US colleges and universities. This book discusses ROTC on historically Africa-American campuses from the first Student Army Training Corps to the expanded military science, aeroscience, and naval programs of the late 20th century. Historical b&w photos are included. Johnson teaches at Morgan State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413249
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/06/2002
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Johnson, Jr., is an associate professor at Morgan State University and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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