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Teaching our students to be good citizens and strong leaders

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.

Who We Are

  • Providing Military Excellence
  • A Diverse Group of Men and Women
  • Well-Trained
  • 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.

    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.

    Mission Statement

    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 Army ROTC's 100th Cadet Class

    The University of Dayton's ROTC program, known as the Fighting Flyers, is one of the oldest continually operating programs in the country. Cadets from the Class of 2023 discuss being part of UD Army ROTC's 100th incoming cadet class.

    UD Army ROTC's 100th Cadet Class

    The University of Dayton's ROTC program, known as the Fighting Flyers, is one of the oldest continually operating programs in the country. Cadets from the Class of 2023 discuss being part of UD Army ROTC's 100th incoming cadet class.

    In the News
    Students and Campus Life 05.06.19
    Bringing ROTC History to Life

    The U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at the University of Dayton is among the oldest operating programs in the country — and with so much history, a local student decided to bring it to life.

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