Jun 25, 2018 at 11:40 PM

UCSB ROTC Commissions 13 New Lieutenants

By Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation

On a typically beautiful sunny Santa Barbara day the ROTC Cadres at UCSB commissioned 13 new Lieutenants on Saturday, June 15 at Goleta Beach. The location for the graduation has become a tradition over the past 15 years as the unit is aptly named the Surfrider Battalion, and the drop back of the ocean and islands is particularly meaningful and appropriate for them.

The ROTC Program is the oldest program at UCSB, having been established just after WWII when the campus moved from the Riviera down to the old Marine Base in 1947. While unit size waxed and waned through the years, due to wars and peacetime and the need for well trained officers, this class represents a smaller number than we will be seeing in the coming years. Part of this trend is due to the free education offered to young men and women who are willing to serve their country in uniform but another significant factor is the desire to learn how to be a leader as well as getting a college degree. The ROTC program has the only certified Leadership Classes provided at UCSB. Many students from other academic walks audit the classes as a way to learn the skills of being a leader.

As the numbers of Cadets increase, it is expected that there will be 24 Commissioned Cadets in 2019 and 32 + in 2020. It should be noted here that not only is the ROTC Program experiencing growth, the average GPA has also increased to almost 3.9. And it is extremely diverse, with larger numbers of women and other minorities competing to be the best of the best.

Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation takes great pride in supporting the ROTC financially as well as participated in their Annual Ball, Awards Ceremonies and the Commissioning.

To find out more information about the program please visit www.milsci.ucsb.edu

Posted in Santa Barbara Veterans.