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Celebrating a Century

For more than 100 years, UTA’s ROTC program has instilled leadership

ROTC Illustration

Illustration By Shaw Nielsen

"The graduates have done well, and many would credit their success to the ROTC."

For more than 100 years, UTA's ROTC program has instilled leadership

The University of Texas at Arlington has helped prepare future military leaders through the Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) for more than a hundred years.

The Maverick Battalion goes back even further-113 years, making it the oldest student organization on campus.

Part of the Military Science Department in the College of Liberal Arts, ROTC qualifies students for a commission in the United States Army, Army National Guard, or United States Army Reserve, and offers both four-year and two-year programs. College of Nursing and Health Innovation undergraduates can participate in the ROTC Nursing Program.

"The skills and discipline I learned in ROTC have stood me well in the military and my government and civilian careers," says Rex Latham '65, president of the Cadet Alumni Council. "I use those leadership skills every day."

Carlisle Military Academy began preparing Army officers when it opened in 1902 as a new incarnation of Arlington College. In 1921, the campus' military program officially joined the federal ROTC program.

Today, Lt. Col. James Doty III commands an average of 130-145 cadets each year, and the 113th Maverick Battalion continues with training and traditions.

The Carlisle Cannons, three Korean War-era 75mm pack howitzer cannons, fire at major events, such as the annual Hall of Honor induction each spring.

The Sam Houston Rifles—also known as the "Jodies"—perform at parades. A group of former Jodies fielded a drill team and bagpiper for the third year in a row in the April 9 Medal of Honor parade in Gainesville, Texas.

Maverick ROTC's past is honored by members of the "I am a Maverick" team who dress in past and present uniforms to perform a historical routine tracing the Corps history at the Hall of Honor ceremony and veteran's events in North Texas.

The Cadet Corps Alumni Council—one of UTA's most active alumni groups—sponsors endowed scholarships and provides funds for a barbecue to welcome new cadets and for the annual Military Science Hall of Honor induction ceremony.

"The graduates have done well, and many would credit their success to the ROTC," says Latham, a former Jody.

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