College of Liberal Arts

Army Strong: UT Army ROTC Celebrates 70 Years

Mon, May 1, 2017
UT Army ROTC field training (1992).
UT Army ROTC field training (1992).

The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards.

– Colonel Sir William Francis Butler, in Charles George Gordon

Though the National Defense Act of 1916 created the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), to ensure uniform, high-quality officer training for the United States Reserves and National Guard, limited resources from the U.S. War Department during the World Wars and unwavering opposition to introducing “militaristic” courses to an otherwise civilian campus would block The University of Texas at Austin from establishing its own Army ROTC for nearly three decades, when World War II would prove, beyond question, the value of ROTC.

Read the full story on the Life & Letters website.

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