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Home of the Fighting Flyers Battalion
The U.S. Army Cadet Command's Mission is to commission officers to meet the Army's leadership requirements and provides 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 ROTC program is primarily designed to develop leaders through classroom activities, hands-on training, both indoor and outdoor, and many other team building exercises. The student gets the desired and highly sought after leadership skills necessary to succeed both in the corporate world and in the military.
ROTC is a values-based program where basic values such as integrity, personal courage, respect and honor are the foundation upon which we build successful, competent leaders of the future. It is an organization where an individual becomes part of a group, gains confidence, develops and refines leadership attributes, and builds lasting friendships. ROTC also offers rappelling, marksmanship, land navigation and physical training for those who want a challenge and a change from the daily classroom routine.
CareersArmy ROTC is a program offered at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide, training college students to be officers in the active Army, Army reserve and Army National Guard.
During the first two years at the university, ROTC cadets have no military obligation. Following graduation, ROTC cadets are required to serve in the active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserve.
In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience they receive are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills cadets acquire in the ROTC program. ROTC experience looks great on a resume. When cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.
Career opportunities through U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard visit Army PaYS (Partnership for Youth Success).
Opportunities & Activities
Over the years, the Corps of Cadets have had many activities to occupy their time when not pursuing their academics or the main ROTC curriculum. Today, the Military Science Department sponsors the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Company, the National Society of Pershing Rifles, and the Ranger Company as the three cadet extra curricular organizations.
Each of the Clubs has its own niche as far as "specialty areas" and the type of cadets and regular UD students that are attracted to them. Indeed, all three activities have non-ROTC students who have joined their ranks to participate and experience the challenges, friendship, and camaraderie they offer.
Cadre & Staff
Here 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.
Meet the Cadre and Staff of the Fighting Flyer Battalion from the links at right.
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Dayton offers a student the opportunity to receive unmatched leadership training. For those who qualify, scholarships are available and upon graduation, you receive a minor in military science and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. The ROTC program is primarily designed to develop leaders through classroom activities, hands-on training, both indoor and outdoor, and many other team building exercises. The student gets the desired and highly sought after leadership skills necessary to succeed both in the corporate world and in the military. ROTC is a values-based program where basic values such as integrity, personal courage, respect and honor are the foundation upon which we build successful, competent leaders of the future.
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.
UD ROTC promotes leadership development by actively recruiting, retaining, and training qualified Cadets focused on scholars, athletes, and leaders for commissioning in the Active, Reserve, and National Guard components of the United States Army. The Army ROTC is dedicated to developing the sense of service to the nation.
ROTC is not an enlistment. It is the process of forming tomorrow's leaders by assisting students with their degree completion and teaching them leadership.
Students join the ROTC program, take one elective each semester, and receive their commission as an officer in the Active Army or Reserve Forces when they graduate. Students may enroll in our program while attending classes at the University of Dayton and possible nearby community colleges..
There are only three primary routes to earning the title of Army officer: graduation from a military academy, selection for Officer Candidate School from the enlisted force, or completion of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. ROTC provides about two thirds of the commissioned officer corps.
The benefit of the ROTC program is that students fulfill the requirements to become an officer while attending a college or university and completing a Bachelors (or higher) degree. The ROTC program fits into the college coursework much like an academic minor. Students attend a weekly lecture and lab, as well as participate in physical fitness training. Furthermore, ROTC provides academic scholarships to students on a competitive basis.
Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
Department of Military Science
University of Dayton
O'Reilly Hall Room 8
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-0820
LTC Daniel R. Redden
Chair; Professor of Military Science
Administrative Support Staff