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SCU's Army ROTC Program 149 Years Strong

Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011

University ROTC programs may be in the news, but Army ROTC is nothing new to Santa Clara University.

SCU has been a host program for Army ROTC for 149 years, including providing classes and training for cadets from campuses that don’t currently offer Army ROTC, such as Stanford University, San Jose State University, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a number of local community colleges.

Now Stanford, in a widely publicized process, may soon be inviting ROTC programs back to its campus, in the wake of changes to the military’s "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.

What would this mean for SCU’s program? Not a whole lot, explains Lt. Col. John Tao, the director of SCU’s military science department.

For starters, the Army would have to decide whether to install a host program at Stanford, a decision that would be based on a number of factors including how many host programs are already in the Bay Area, demand, and faculty support. 

If the five Stanford cadets who currently are members of SCU’s Bronco Battalion were to depart, SCU would still have 89 cadets, Tao says.

ROTC programs are training grounds for military officers, where they learn management and leadership skills and take the pre-requisite courses to compete for commission as an officer in the Army.  Once they complete the ROTC program, they are eligible for appointment and commissioning as officers in the regular Army, Army Reserve, or the National Guard.  If they received military scholarship to attend college, they typically have agreed to join the service for a period of four years in return for their education. 

In addition to their normal college degrees, cadets take part in regular physical fitness training and special military-sponsored events. They take 13 classes in military leadership and related issues (such as military history).  Cadets also attend a summer leadership assessment and training at Fort Lewis, Wash., where they are assessed for leadership potential, learn rappelling and patrolling, and conduct field training exercises.

More on the program can be found at

April 28, 2011



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