In accordance with the National Defense Act of 1920 and with the concurrence of The Regents of the University, a unit of the Army Senior Division Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was established on the Los Angeles campus of the University in July 1920.
This voluntary training allows students to qualify for an officer's commission in the Army while completing their college education. The ROTC curricula are not considered academic majors, but ROTC courses may be taken as free electives and applied toward the total course requirements of a major. The ROTC program is also available through UCLA Extension.
Voluntary four-year programs for incoming freshmen, three-year programs for students who apply before the end of their freshman year and two-year programs for incoming transfer students or students who apply before the end of their sophomore year are offered. Both active duty and reserve duty opportunities are offered.
Army Commissioned Officers are members of a unique fellowship that has spanned the history of our nation since the Army’s inception June 14, 1775 as the first branch of the American military services. From General George Washington and General Ulysses Grant to General Dwight Eisenhower and General David Petraeus, Army Commissioned Officers strive to complete every mission with dedication and excellence. They are entrusted with serving as a model of the Army values as they perform their leadership duties. They serve our nation with dignity and devotion.
Commissioned Officers are responsible for completing demanding missions while ensuring the welfare, morale, and professional development of the Soldiers entrusted to them.
Commissioned Officers begin their Army service as young leaders, providing a blend of valuable skills and knowledge. With their self-discipline, motivation, confidence, and judgment, they use their problem solving skills to determine solutions and accomplish the mission.
Having the strength to inspire strength in others is the hallmark of a Commissioned Officer.
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