The 2017 Military Historical Society of Massachusetts ROTC Essay Contest

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the 2017 essay contest.

The contest is open to any AROTC, NROTC, or AFROTC Massachusetts Cadet. The winning essay will be awarded a total sum of $4,000; $2,500 in the form of a scholarship check to the Cadet author and a $1,500 check for program funds to support the study of military history to the winning Cadet’s ROTC Program.

The scholarship award and program check for the winning essay will be awarded to the author and their command representatives at an MHSM luncheon to honor their accomplishment later this Spring, date to be announced. A committee appointed by the MHSM, composed of three (3) qualified individuals will judge all essays submitted. The top three rated essays in the state judged by the MHSM committee will be given to author and MHSM member Stephen Taber, who will select the final winner.

A Question of Leadership

2017 marks the centennial of America's entry into World War I. The members of the Society find it fitting to celebrate the sacrifices of the brave members of our military that served during that era. This year’s essay will be based on the book A Rainbow Division Lieutenant in France: The World War I Diary of John H. Taber, written by accomplished author and MHSM member Stephen Taber. Download the full essay announcement for essay guidelines and submission instructions.


Essay Contest Archives


2016 Military History Essay Competition

Cadet Eric Koch of MIT's Paul Revere Battalion receives a certificate and check for his winning essay.

2016 Winning Essay
American Spirit: The Yankee Division in the First World War


2015 Military History Essay Competition

Photo L to R: Ron Partnoy and Richard Simons presenting winning essayist Cadet Jocelyn Bly with a check for her winning essay

2015 Winning Essay
Mission Command: A Timeless Weapon


2014 Military History Essay Competition

Photo L to R: Mr. Gresh Lattimore, Cadet James Kiefner, and LCDR David W. Graham (President, MHSM)

2014 Winning Essay
Portrait of General Ulysses S. Grant (Un-titled essay)


2013 Military History Essay Competition

Photo L to R: Lt. Col. Jeffery Cook (Commander, Air Force Detachment 355),Mr. Richard Simons (President, MHSM), Cadet Daniel Silva.

2013 Winning Essay
From Revolution to Rapprochement | The War of 1812: The Causes, the War, the Legacy


2010 Military History Essay Competition

Photo L to R: Gerry Hayes Presenter, Competition Winner Cadet Garrett Brnger and CAPT Curtis Stevens,USN

2010 Winning Essay
A War Fought from Both Sides: The ignored lessons of the American Revolution and their application to Vietnam


2009 Military History Essay Competition

Photo L to R: Major Brandon Russell, US Army, BG John Carlson, President MHSM and 2009 Essay Competition Winner Cadet William Mathews

2009 Winning Essay
The Foreseeable Victory: A Justification for the Federal Use of Force in the Civil War


2008 Military History Essay Competition

Photo: Caption: C/3C Spencer Reese accepts his award from Brig. Gen. John Carlson, (Ret.) President of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts.

2008 Winning Essay
Washington’s Principle: Civil-Military Relations 1776-2008