About Cornell’s Military Community

A Proud Military Tradition

Cornellians have served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout our nation’s history; from the Civil War through present-day, in times of war and peace, Cornell’s military community has answered the call with courage, honor and dignity. As the only Ivy League University to host Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine ROTC programs, Cornell celebrates it’s rich military tradition and the generations of students, staff, and faculty who have carried the American Flag around the globe since the 1800’s.

Cornell Today

Cornell University hosts an active veteran and military community of undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Through the Yellow Ribbon Post 9/11 Program, Warrior-Scholar Project, the Veterans Colleague Network Group and a variety of campus organizations, Cornell supports veteran and military related resources, events and programs across the University including:

  • Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
  • Survivors and Dependents Program – Chapter 35
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves – Chapter 1606
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Reserves Educational Assistance Program – Chapter 1607
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Veteran Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Dependents Education Assistance Program (DEA)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program (VR&E)
  • NYS Veterans Benefits

The University consists of seven undergraduate colleges, four graduate and professional schools in Ithaca, two medical graduate and professional units in New York City and one in Doha, Qatar. The Cornell Tech campus in New York City is the latest addition. Visit Cornell online to tearn more about the diversity and scope of programs, institutes, traditions and more.

Military History

Cornell’s support of the military dates back to its founding as a land grant university; required by the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862, Cornell’s curriculum includes instruction in military science and training. In 1916, The National Defense Act officially established the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), however the onslaught of WWI prompted Cornell to establish an Army School of Military Aeronautics as well as Army and Navy training schools. These units then transitioned into the Army, Naval, and Air Force ROTC units that exist today. Learn more about the University’s land grant mission.

Among the notable Cornellians who served in the armed forces, Colonel Frank A. Barton, Class of 1891, became the University’s first ROTC commander. Built in 1914-17, the New York State Armory and Drill Hall was renamed Barton Hall in 1940 to honor Colonel Barton’s achievements. Visit the Wortham Museum in Barton Hall to learn more about Cornell’s illustrious military history; contact the Army ROTC at (607) 255-4000 for more information.

Cornell Veterans Memorials

Cornellians who have served in times of war are honored by a number of memorials across campus. Many of the memorials are outdoors and accessible 24/7. Indoor memorials are generally accessible during business hours. Follow this link to take yourself on a self-guided tour of all the memorials where you’ll visit the lovely Sackett Bridge on Beebe Lake, Sage Chapel, the WWII Memorial at Anabel Taylor Hall and more.

Military Research Projects and Courses

The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) at Cornell expands, strengthens, and speeds the connections between research, policy, and practice to enhance human development and well being. BCTR-Military Projects (BCTR-MP) are funded by cooperative agreements between the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard, and the Department of Defense. Since 1992, multiple projects have provided research-based knowledge, evaluation expertise, and technical assistance to a variety of family programs in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The results of these projects have influenced practice and policies that help improve the quality of life for military service members and family members by building resiliency and preventing and reducing risk behaviors.

Cornell’s Officer Education Programs prepare students for a commission as an officer in either the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. Senior military officers, who also serve as full professors on the Cornell faculty, head each service program. Areas of study include: Military Science, Naval Science and Aerospace Studies. The program is available to graduate and undergraduate students; scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

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