American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy, Captain Alden Partridge, Fairfax County, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University, Norwich, Vermont

The Patriot Battalion Of The George Mason University Reserve Officer Training Corp

The roots of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Program, that was officially formed by an act of Congress in the 1900s, began in 1819 with Captain Alden Partridge, a former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Captain Partridge established the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy in Norwich, Vermont and established the concept of producing “citizen-soldiers”.

Painting of Captain Alden Partridge.

The institution, now known as Norwich University, continues to train soldiers in present day.

The Patriot Battalion of the George Mason University Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) Program was a subordinate of Georgetown University before becoming its own independent battalion in the year 2000.

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