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The Army ROTC program at TCU is both challenging and rewarding. There’s no commitment required to join the Army ROTC program; you can try it out during your freshman and sophomore years and gain valuable leadership skills even if you don’t continue.

TCU Army ROTC cadets major in various fields of study. When you supplement your major with military science, you’ll develop confidence and self-esteem, plus leadership and life skills to succeed in college and beyond.

Upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor’s or master’s degree and military science training requirements, students are commissioned as second lieutenants.



The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program was introduced at TCU in 1951. Since then, more than 1,000 TCU graduates have received Army commissions through the program.

During the program’s first three years, the Transportation Corps was the only branch represented on campus, graduating a total of 24 TCU officers through 1954. In the spirit of interservice cooperation, TCU formed a joint Army-Air Force ROTC Band in 1952. In 1954, TCU redesignated the Horned Frog Regiment Transportation Corps Officer Training Unit as a General Military Science Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Unit offering commissions in all branches.

In 1955 and 1956, TCU merged the Army-Air Force Corps of Cadets into one organization, but the Air Force established a separate program in 1957.

Beginning in 1973, the Army admitted women to the Corps of Cadets, commissioning the first female as a second lieutenant from TCU in 1975.

We offer a two-year basic course, a two-year advanced course, and a four-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course summer program. Non-scholarship students enrolling in only freshman- and sophomore-level classes incur no obligation to serve in the military after graduation.

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For Army ROTC Cadets, the world is their classroom. Every year hundreds of Cadets travel the globe, spending up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves.

The Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Now more than ever, cultural awareness training is a vital component to the ROTC curriculum. Overseas immersions help educate future leaders in ways the classroom cannot.

Cadets now have the opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 20 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century.

Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including host nation military-to-military exchange, humanitarian service, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. In 2017, 903 ROTC Cadets traveled across the world and participated in Cadet Command’s CULP program to 24 Countries. The future goal is for at least half of all Cadets to complete a CULP Immersion Internship annually.

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The Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) units. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Platoon Leader positions have a three to four week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a dining facility. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets before and after completion of Cadet Summer Training (CST).

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