SB 58 Creates ROTC Recommendation Process

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will bring to the Senate floor Wednesday jorning legislation to create a formal process for elected officials to recommend students for the state’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs on college campuses.

The legislation, entitled the “Georgia Leadership and Service Admission Act” is sponsored by Sens. Hill (R-6th), Thompson (R-14th), Williams (R-19th), Albers (R-56th), Harbison (D-15th), and Hill (R-32nd).

SB 58 would allow each member of the State House and State Senate, along with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, to recommend one high school student every year for an ROTC program in Georgia’s university system. Importantly, however, that recommendation does not necessarily come with automatic admission into a program.

As it stands, the bill would largely allow each recommending office to come up with its own selection process, provided that each office selects a student who:

  1. Meets the median grade point average and entrance exam scores for the class admitted for the preceding fall semester at the institution for which the student seeks recommendation;
  2. Meets the requirements for a HOPE scholarship;
  3. Is a citizen and legal resident of this state;
  4. Has applied or intends to apply for admission into an institution of the university system that offers an ROTC program; and
  5. Commits to serve in the ROTC program for the entirety of the student’s enrollment if such student attends the institution for which such student seeks recommendation.

For the full (and quite brief) legislation, head over to the General Assembly’s site.



  1. IndyPendant says:

    How is more government less government?

    I have a child currently in the ROTC program at UGA. We didn’t need a state representative to recommend him for consideration, and apparently that will still be the case even if this becomes law.

    • xdog says:

      Yeah, a friend’s son got commissioned out of UGA ROTC last year. His choice to get in and they were glad to have him. I don’t see how a state rep’s approval would have made any difference.

      btw Tyler, your link to the bill’s text doesn’t return any info.

  2. Michael Silver says:

    Has ROTC changed?

    When I was in, ROTC was more like a club. Sign up and participate. I didn’t need permission or recommendation from anyone.

  3. xdog says:

    Back in the 60s ROTC was mandatory for the first two years at UGA and most other big universities. I think it was in fact pretty much a club then. Much of the training was make-work. For example, members learned drilling and the manual of arms for months at a time when recruits mastered all that in the first couple of weeks in basic. Now ROTC is voluntary and a military career is more highly regarded so I guess training has changed too.

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