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SLO County Board of Supervisors Recognizes ROTC on its 100th Anniversary

Apr 18, 2016

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors officially recognized the Reserve Officers' Training Corps on its 100th Anniversary during their meeting on April 12th.  Professor of Military Science, LTC Joshua Gillen, and Mr. Everette Brooks were on hand to accept.

Cadets Preparing for Spring Record Army Physical Fitness Test

Apr 18, 2016

All Cal Poly Cadets will take a for-record Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) between 16 and 18 May.  For Cadets in Junior (or MS3) standing, the results will be incorporated into their accessions score and ultimately impact their standing on the national Order of Merit List (OML).  For everyone else, the results are used to determine campus-based OML and track overall physical development.

The APFT includes two minutes of sit-ups, two minutes of push-ups, and a two mile run.  Each event is separated by 10 minutes and includes a recording of an individual's height and weight before the events begin.  Reference TC 3-22.20, Appendix A, for additional information.

Cadets complete their annual Combat Water Survival Training

Apr 14, 2016

Cadets completed their annual Combat Water Survival Training (CWST) at Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo.  CWST is a training requirement for all Army ROTC Cadets and includes five minutes of treading water, a 15 meter swim with equipment and weapon, an equipment ditch, and an unexpected entry into to the water with a 3 meter drop.  Weak swimmers are given focused instruction in order to build confidence in the water.

Updated Information about ROTC Activities During Open House 2016

Apr 13, 2016

Open House 2016 will occur between 15-16 April. On Friday, the ROTC Department will be open to all interested students and their families for informational sessions, interaction with Cadets and Cadre, and tours of the building.  In addition, our Cadets will be providing Color Guard support at the Rodeo which starts at 1800.  

The main effort will occur on Saturday which kicks off at 0900 with the Poly Royal Parade.  The Cadets will lead the procession down Perimeter Road and conduct a pass and review with the parade's Grand Marshall, COL Righello.  Following the opening ceremonies, the ROTC Department will be serving light refreshments for alumni in the department classroom and hosting an interactive booth for all attendees in front of Dexter Lawn.  We will also be conducting rappel demonstrations at 1100, 1200, and 1300 off of the Dexter Building roof. 

Come on out and see us!

Osbaldo Orozco

The Osbaldo Orozco Memorial Scholarship Is Getting Close to its Funding Goal

Apr 11, 2016

Osbaldo Orozco Memorial Scholarship

Army 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco continues to serve veterans and Cal Poly. The former Mustang football player, who became a force on and off the field, decided that serving his country was more important than football. In 2003, he gave his life in defense of our nation.

The Osbaldo Orozco Memorial Scholarship was established to support veterans at Cal Poly while honoring the legacy of a proud American and Cal Poly alumnus whose story continues to inspire. The scholarship, open to vets in all majors throughout the university’s six colleges, is awarded based on financial need.

We need your support to assure this scholarship continues. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to create a permanent endowment that will provide a $1,000 scholarship to support student veterans every year — forever.

Orozco was born March 19, 1977, the second of five sons. Raised in Earlimart, Calif., he shined on the Delano High School gridiron. A full football scholarship brought him to Cal Poly in 1995. Easygoing off the field, but relentless on, the 6‐foot‐1, 250‐pound linebacker was named as a sophomore to the NCAA Division 1‐AA Independent’s first team. No. 45 racked up 300 total tackles — including 136 unassisted — five sacks and three interceptions by the end of his Cal Poly career in 1999.

Orozco joined Cal Poly’s ROTC as a student, and fell in love with the rigors and discipline of military life. When he graduated with a degree in social sciences on June 16, 2001, he was also commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Orozco trained at Fort Benning, Ga., and joined the storied 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, where he was an infantry platoon leader.

In 2003, Orozco, assigned to the regiment’s C Company, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On April 25, just five weeks into the conflict, he was killed in battle. He was killed when his Bradley fighting vehicle overturned en route to help others under attack near Tikrit, Iraq, according to the Pentagon. Orozco was 26.

Please help ensure that Army 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco’s memory and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you for your support! More Info: http://1‐

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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Cal Poly Cadets interact with civilians as they progress through their simulated combat training.

Cal Poly Cadets Completed Their Joint Spring 2016 LDX at Camp Roberts

Apr 4, 2016

Cal Poly, UCSB, and Fresno State cadets completed their Joint Leader Development Exercise at Camp Roberts from 1-3 April. Challenging new training areas afforded cadets the opportunity to experience urban combat operations for the first time.

For additional photos check out our Facebook album HERE.

2016 Campus-based Scholarship Board

Oct 30, 2015

The SY 2016-2017 Campus-based Scholarship Board will convene on 11 March 2016. 

All current or soon-to-be current full-time Cal Poly students are eligible to apply for a two or three year Army ROTC scholarship that will take effect Fall 2016.  Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and at least two full-academic years of eligibly from the Fall 16 quarter. 

The scholarship covers full tuition and fees (resident or non-resident) OR $10,000 per year in room and board reimbursement.  Recipients will also receive $1,200 per year in book money, a monthly stipend between $350 and $500, and priority registration at Cal Poly.

The scholarship requires a commitment to fully participate in the Army ROTC program and pursue a commission in the Active or Reserve component of the United States Army upon graduation. 

For additional details contact the Career and Scholarship Advisor at (805)756-7690,, or Building 34 (Office 133).

2015 ROTC Halloween Run

Oct 27, 2015

This year's ROTC Halloween Run will occur at 0700 on Thursday, 29 October.  All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to come out and participate.  Cadets will meet at Dexter Building and proceed up through Cerro Vista and PCV to impart some early morning motivation for students struggling with mid-terms.  Shouting obscenities from your dorm window only makes us stronger.

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National High School Scholarship Deadlines for FY 2016

Aug 27, 2015

The following are the notable dates for High School Seniors that are applying for the SY 2016-2017 National Scholarship:

OCTOBER 2, 2015:  High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents

OCTOBER 19, 2015: 1st High School Selection Board

JANUARY 5, 2016:  2nd High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents

JANUARY 10, 2016:  Final day to open an application for the SY 16-17 National Scholarship

JANUARY 25, 2016:  2nd High School Selection Board

FEBRUARY 29, 2016:  Final (3rd) High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents

MARCH 7, 2016:  Final (3rd) High School Selection Board

Contact Mr. Harris at (805) 756-7690 if you have any questions.

ROTC to participate in the CAFES Pre-Collegiate Symposium on Friday, 6 FEB

Feb 2, 2015

The Pre-Collegiate Symposium is held on an annual basis and is designed to give high school juniors from a select group of partner high schools an opportunity to visit Cal Poly for an overnight stay.  The ROTC program participates with the College of Ag throughout the morning, providing information about what it means to be a Cadet here at Cal Poly. 

For  more information visit the official website.


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