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This is the story of Philippine Reserve Officer Training Corps.

The Early Years

The following four sections were taken from the book "Military Education in the Philippines" written by Brigadier General JOSE G. SYJUCO, an advance ROTC graduate of the Ateneo de Manila ROTCU

The Spanish Years During the Spanish colonial years, there was a training course, similar to what is presently known as ROTC, at the University of Sto. Tomas.
Modern ROTC Begins To most contemporary writers, however, real ROTC in this country did not start until 1912, when military instruction was conducted at the University of the Philippines . . .
ROTC in World War II Records show that the products of ROTC were called to the colors in 1942 and, during the occupation, proved their worth on the battlefield.
Post-war Training Executive Order No.59 . . . made mandatory for all colleges and universities . . . the inclusion of the ROTC Course in their respective curricula . . .
The post-Marcos era  
The CMT Years Citizen Military Training replaces ROTC.
The Return of ROTC Republic Act 7077, or the AFP Reservist Act.
The Present Day  
ROTC Crisis of 2001 Student protests threaten the very existence of ROTC.
Mandatory No-More The end of mandatory ROTC in the Philippines, and the establishment of the National Service Reserve Corps.




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