ROTC command general address spring commencement at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 11 May 2010

TROY—The commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Reserved Officers’ Training Corps urged Troy University graduates Friday to “keep opportunities of service in mind” as they prepare for the next phase of their lives.

The speaker, Maj. Gen. Arthur M. Bartell, Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command in Fort Monroe, VA, spoke to more than 500 graduates on the Troy Campus at spring commencement exercises held at Sartain Hall. Gen. Bartell was introduced by Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr.

Gen. Bartell said graduates who do not choose military careers could opt to serve their country in the public sector in professional jobs in federal, state, or local governments, or they could choose to contribute to society through the private sector.

“Whether serving in or out of uniform, I believe that public service remains a necessary and honorable calling, and a fulfilling and satisfying opportunity,” Gen. Bartell said. “Now, more than ever, our nation needs leaders and ‘world changers’ in its civilian ranks.”

But the general added that America’s college graduates also are needed in private business, health care and the fine arts. Whatever career path the graduates choose, Bartell said a new generation of leaders—in all fields—should be prepared to step forward.

“We live in a time of great necessities – a time when we cannot avoid the burdens of global leadership,” he said. “The stakes are too high. It is now that America needs its best and brightest from all walks of life to come to the fore. Whether or not you decide to serve in uniform, serve a cause greater than yourselves. And never forget how privileged we all are to live in the greatest country on the face of the earth.”