Temple University
Each year, the Temple football program plays a game against the Army football team. This year we gathered nearly 120 Temple and West Point Cadets to attend the game and have a pre-game tailgate. We had several visitors including the Army West Point Band, the Temple Diamond Gems and many wonderful parents. During the game, we were able to send out 4 Cadets onto the field for the official coin toss and another Cadet to kick a 20 YD field goal.

Temple University and West Point Cadets at annual Temple vs Army Football Game; Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia

Each year, the Temple football program plays a game against the Army football team. This year we gathered nearly 120 Temple and West Point Cadets to attend the game and have a pre-game tailgate. We had several visitors including the Army West Point Band, the Temple Diamond Gems and many wonderful parents. During the game, we were able to send out 4 Cadets onto the field for the official coin toss and another Cadet to kick a 20 YD field goal.

The Temple University ROTC Battalion has been proud to help develop the leaders of tomorrow.

History of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Temple University

The ROTC Program at Temple University was activated as a Medical Corps unit at the medical school in August of 1947. Enrollment in the Medical Corps unit started with 26 students in the fall of 1947 and grew until an enrollment of 81 was reached in September of 1950. Between June of 1949 and June of 1952, a total of 83 students received commissions as medical officers in the Army, Air Force or Naval Reserve; 52 received service sponsored internships which permitted them to complete their internships as commissioned officers, on full pay status. In October 1953, with the “phase out” of the Medical and Dental ROTC Programs, the medical unit was withdrawn.

In July of 1948 the Transportation Corps unit was established at the undergraduate school. The Transportation Corps’ original enrollment was 209 in September of 1948. The unit grew until September 1951 when 489 students were enrolled in Temple University ROTC. From its inception of 1948 until February 1954, the Transportation Corps unit had produced 15 Regular Army, 1 Air Force Reserve and 202 Army Reserve officers.

In September 1954, the Transportation Corps unit was redesignated as a General Military Science unit, opening the full field of commissions in other than the professional graduate field to its graduates. A General Military Science elective unit, Temple University ROTC offered a combination of two or four year programs.

Throughout the 1960’s, the Temple ROTC program gained a reputation as being one of the finest in First ROTC Region. At Advance Camp ’86, Temple cadets performed so well that they ranked number two in Pennsylvania and number eleven in First Region in advance camp competition against 113 ROTC detachments. Our winning traditions continue today as most recently demonstrated by our victorious Ranger Challenge team in the Fall of 2005.

From 1949 to 2005, 1055 officers have been commissioned from Temple’s ROTC program.

Temple University ROTC: 63 Years of Excellence & Molding the Future of Tomorrow Today

Temple University ROTC was formed in 1947 as a Medical Corp training progrram to produce quality future officers within the Armed Services. In 1954, the program was officially changed to a general Military Science program where Cadets were able to branch into many various branches of the Armed Services. During 1986, at the Cadets’ summer advanced training camp, Temple ROTC Cadets performed so well that the University program ranked number two throughout all of Pennsylvania.

Encompassing a 63 Year span, Temple University ROTC has commissioned 1055 2nd LT Officers, including numerous prior service soldiers who entered the program from Active Duty and Reserve Component as NCO (E5 and above).

Currently, there are around 90 Cadets enrolled within the program each semester, with roughly 15-25 Cadets in each class, freshman through senior. We have more than 3 nursing/medical majors, arts major and numerous other majors.