Recent History

1973 - Present

Some students continued to be interested in careers as military officers after the Naval ROTC ended. The University entered into agreements that allowed them to participate in ROTC programs at other educational institutions in New York City. These included Fordham University, which offers training for service as Army officers, and Manhattan College, which prepares students to serve in the Air Force. Following extensive public discussion and a review by the University Senate, President Lee Bollinger signed an agreement with the Secretary of the Navy In May 2011 that opened  the way for Columbia students to join the Naval ROTC program at SUNY, Maritime. The first group of four cadets entered the program in September 2012.

In 2015, two students were commissioned on campus, one as a Marine officer and the other as an Air Force officer. The Marine commissioning marked the first time in 45 years a Marine officer was commissioned from the NROTC program.

Columbia University chaplain's prayer for troops and veterans, featuring the military-style folding and presentation of the flag, which had been given to the family of Chaplain Jewelnel Davis at the funeral of her father, a Korean War veteran.The military veterans participating in the ceremony were Julia Oh, Michael Nicholas, Eric Chen, Peter Kim—all of whom served in Korea—and Matt Sanchez, a corporal in the U.S. Marines. Oh is a graduate student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; the other
Columbia University chaplain's prayer for troops and veterans, featuring the military-style folding and presentation of the flag, which had been given to the family of Chaplain Jewelnel Davis at the funeral of her father, a Korean War veteran.The military veterans participating in the ceremony were Julia Oh, Michael Nicholas, Eric Chen, Peter Kim—all of whom served in Korea—and Matt Sanchez, a corporal in the U.S. Marines. Oh is a graduate student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; the other four are students in the School of General Studies. All five are members of MilVets. Saturday, March 11, 2006.
Courtesy, Office of the University Chaplain at Columbia University