welcome to the department of military science
the u.s. army cadet command's mission is to commission officers to meet the army's leadership requirements and provide a citizenship program that motivates young people to be strong leaders and better citizens.
at the university of dayton we have dedicated ourselves to this mission. we believe that officers in the army possess the skills necessary to lead others through the most challenging of circumstances.
the army reserve officers' training corps (rotc) began when president woodrow wilson signed the national defense act of 1916. since its inception, army rotc has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half million officers. it is the largest commissioning source in the american military. the university of dayton's rotc program was founded in 1917 making it one of the oldest and longest running programs in the country and has since commissioned countless officers into the u.s. army.
army rotc is a diverse group of men and women with more than 20,000 cadets currently enrolled. women have been an integral part of army rotc since the first group of women was commissioned in 1976. today, women constitute 20 percent of the cadets.
army rotc produces approximately 60 percent of the second lieutenants who join the active army, army reserve and army national guard. more than 40 percent of current active duty army general officers were commissioned through rotc. our cadets acquire the character-building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training.
the u.s. army cadet command commissions officers to meet the army's leadership requirements; and provides a citizenship program that motivates young people to be strong leaders and better citizens.