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Military Education
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Markerman62
N 29° 38.903 W 082° 21.051
17R E 369250 N 3280586
Quick Description: Located near the O'Connell Center on the University of Florida's campus.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/27/2015 7:46:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMN9X7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 2

Long Description:
Military education, mandated by the Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862, is rooted in UF's earliest history. Drill and rifle instruction were part of every male student's life. Officer training was offered as elective instruction in 1909. In 1916, UF became one of 16 inaugural Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units created by the National Defense Education Act. Originally established as an Army infantry unit, ROTC added horse-drawn field artillery in 1928. Eventually, all military branches were represented at UF (Air Force in 1946 and Navy in 1972). Compulsory military training ended in 1969, but the tradition of military education continued. This site marks the location of the Artillery Barn, which served as a stable and armory, and of the battalion drill fields that extended north to University Avenue.
Marker Number: None

Date: 2010

County: Alachua

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: University of Florida

Website: Not listed

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