The Rocks, Inc.

Infobox Fraternity
name = The Rocks, Inc.
crest =
motto = Concern, Dedication, Professionalism
founded = birth date and age|1974|10|9
birthplace = Washington, D.C.
type = Mentorship
scope = International
mission = The Rocks, Inc., is a non-profit organization, that provides mentorship, scholarship and fellowship to ROTC Cadets, active duty, reserve component, commissioned officers and active duty or reserve component warrant officers. The organization also assists retired or former active duty commissioned or warrant officers.
chapters = 20+
members = 1,100+
address = P.O. Box 471212
city = Forestville
state = Maryland
country = United States
publication = The Rocket
homepage= [ Official Website]

The Rocks Incorporated (Rocks, Inc.), was founded October 9, 1974 by sixty-five United States Army officers in Washington, D.C. Headquartered in Forestville, Maryland and with over 1,100 members, it is the largest professional military officers’ organization with a majority African-American membership. [ MOAA Magazine "Reaching Up, Reaching Out"] .]

The Rocks, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprising active, reserve, retired and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the U.S. Armed Forces, and widows and widowers of deceased members. The organization hosts professional development sessions and social events to improve the officer corps. [The Rocks, Inc. Washington DC Chapter]

The Chairperson of the Board is Brigadier General (Retired) Clara Adams-Ender, USA. [Rocks, Inc. Homepage] BG Adams-Ender is author of the book "My Rise to the Stars". [My rise to the Stars book review Assoc. of the United States Army]


The Rocks, Inc. began in the mid-1960s as an informal meeting of Army officers assigned to the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The group initially met to help each other "survive" at Fort Leavenworth, and many members continued to meet after being reassigned to the Pentagon and elsewhere in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

In the years that followed, the group grew. On October 9, 1974, along with Colonel Robert B. Burke, General Cartwright led an initiative to formally organize the growing network. They dubbed themselves the "No Name Club" until they agreed on a formal name. On December 1st, the "No Name Club" assembled to ratify an official name when they were informed that General Cartwright and his wife, Gloria, tragically died in a plane crash near Dulles Airport. [Roscoe Rock Cartwright Biography] [Roscoe Rock Cartwright Biography from Arlington National Cemetery]

The "No Name Club" soon voted to name itself The Rocks, Inc. and established the Roscoe C. Cartwright Scholarship Fund in their namesake’s honor.

Today, The Rocks, Inc. has 23 active chapters across the Army (including one in Iraq).


Membership is open to the following: Active duty, retired, and former officers and Warrant Officers of the US Armed Forces and its reserve and National Guard components and the US Coast Guard members who served while the Coast Guard was a part of the Department of Defense. [ [ ROCKS DC-Join Now! ] ]

National Programs

R.C. Cartwright Scholarship Fund Rocks, Inc. administers and is the executor of the R.C. Cartwright Scholarship Fund. Annually, the fund recognizes college Reserve Officers Training Corps Cadets academic achievement and require financial assistance to continue their educational endeavors. The cadets must be nominated by their professor of military science. [Rocks Information Paper]

Leadership Outreach The Leadership Outreach Program is designed to assist students in successfully transitioning from college to the active military. Teams of 3-5 officers visit over 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) annually. The teams are typically led by a general officer or Colonel. The outreach team presents seminars to ROTC cadets on Army socialization, evaluation systems and financial management for newly commissioned officers.

Rocks 5-miler Annually, the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Rocks, Inc. host a 5-miler race a Burke Lake Park in Virginia. Proceeds are for the R.C. Cartwright Scholarship Fund. [Rocks 5-Miler]



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