A Brief History of Rose-Hulman's Army ROTC Program

This past February, the Army ROTC program at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology celebrated 100 years of training future Officers of the United States Army.

Creation of the Program

Known at the time as Rose-Polytechnic Institute, the school was first authorized to be the host to an ROTC Engineer unit in 1919 after aiding in the training of engineers and mechanics for World War I. The program's first graduates to receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants in 1922 were Charles D. Baker and Leroy A. Wilson.

Unification of Schools

As the school grew and Rose Polytechnic Institute became Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the ROTC program grew as well. Rose-Hulman united with the University of Evansville in the 1960s, Indiana State University in 1967, and DePauw University in 1974. In addition, the program extended to include Saint Mary of the Woods and Vincennes University in 1976 and the University of Southern Indiana in 2004. These schools are still unified today through their Army ROTC programs that all come together to form the Wabash Battalion.

More info

If you'd like to learn more about the history of the program, go to the page listed below!

Keep up with the program

If you'd like to know more about what the program is doing now to prepare our current cadets, click on the icons below to follow the Wabash Battalion's Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account!


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Support us!

If you would like to support the Wabash Battalion Army ROTC cadets, one way you can do that is by purchasing Wabash Battalion gear! Click the link below if you're interested!


Get in Touch


Tel: (812) 298-6069

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