Discussion in 'ROTC' started by The OC Josh, Mar 2, 2010.
Say it spell it out(R.O.T.C) or say it as a word(Rot-C)
Twenty years ago, we were not allowed to say ROT-C
when i read it in my head i say "rot-c", but when i'm talking out loud to people i call it r.o.t.c
Funny, me too.
I say R.O.T.C.. But one time I did say Rot-C and I got scolded for saying it like that because I guess some people say "Rot-C Nazi"
It probably depends on the unit/command. I always spell it out but once my daughter went on a campus/overnight visit, she always says rot-c so I imagine that's the standard at 'that' school.
2 Reasons for R.O.T.C. and not Rot-C:
1. As stated, many people use the term "Rot-C Nazi" and saying "Rot-C" many times alludes to this.
2. If you say it out, people know its an acronym (although they might not know what it stands for), but saying "Rot-C" and they thinks its some weird word you made up or something in a foreign language.
I usually spell it out but I often hear it said Rot-C here and also hear the occasional Rot-C Nazi but not that often.
I only ever hear "ROT-C" from people who are not in R-O-T-C.
OK, I'm seriously dating myself, but when I was in college back in the late sixties the anti-war (Vietnam) movement was peaking, and Rot-C was used in the protest: "Rot-C off campus." So, even though times have changed, I can't bring myself to say Rot-C because of the negative memory. R.O.T.C. seems more respectful.
Well, at WP 25 years ago we definitely all said ROT-C. Wasn't until I went out in the "real" Army that I found that most prior ROTC members found that a derogatory way of saying it - kind of a way of West Pointers looking down on them. We've of course always said it as ROT-C just by habit in the house but that was something my son was corrected on at his first BGO interview and we then had to work to get him to change, to say R.O.T.C. instead so that he didn't offend anyone at an interview board or similar. I think as HMQ said, it's more respectful.
Wow, I had no idea!
Thanks for the interesting info.
I say R-O-T-C. I've known about the program for quite a while, but the first time I heard ROT-C was when a friend of mine said it in the car with me - took me a good 10 seconds to figure out what he was talking about
My son said rot-c yesterday and I was telling him what I'd read here and he said, "Uh, mom, that's how the guys in the Corps (at TX A&M) said it, and I'm sure that's how I'll say it too."
Sorry for such late reply, been gone for a while. I spell it out R.O.T.C., but I have a 2 star (retired)AF general brother-in-law, that was ROTC that says ROT-C. SO go figure.
I said R.O.T.C until I visited the academies. My NASS cadre said ROT-C, and ever since so have I.
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