ROTC students are just like everyone else – except for that in addition to normal classwork and activities, they participate in physical training programs and take ROTC classes at MIT.
The first ROTC program at Tufts started in 1941 and about 100 individuals were enrolled. In 1969, as the Vietnam protests sprung up all over campus, faculty voted to ban the ROTC program at Tufts. It was not until 2011 that the ban was lifted and students could have ROTC recognized on their transcripts.
During the last academic year, about 20 Tufts students were participating in the ROTC program. Below is a video of just one ROTC student, Jonathan Bowie. Watch the video below to learn more about what he does in the ROTC program.
For more of the history of ROTC at Tufts, visit this article from the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.