TEACHING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW
The Spring Field Training Exercise is an opportunity for the cadets to experience patrolling on the squad and platoon levels. MS III's lead their squads through STX Lanes (Situation Training Exercises) and lead platoons through Platoon Patrolling. Evaluations are done by the MS IV's in order to prepare the MS III's for Advanced Camp in the summer.
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Houstonis a program which can enhance your education by providing unique leadershiptraining and management experience. It helps you develop the qualitiesnecessary for success in either a military or civilian career. Students aregiven a valuable opportunity to build for the future by earning a collegedegree and an Army Officer's commission at the same time.
ROTC has been a voluntary organization since its inception at UH in1948. The University of Houston's ROTC program was unique in 1948 in thatit was the only all Quartermaster ROTC in the United States. Initialenrollment for the 1948 fall semester was 175 cadets, one-third being veteransof World War II. Since that time, the program has commissioned thousandsof second lieutenants.
The Corp reached an all time high of 827 cadets in 1953 and was designated 1stROTC Quartermaster Regiment. In 1955, a peak number of 97 cadets werecommissioned. The unit converted in 1956 from a branch material Quartermastercourse to a general Military Science course, and occupied its own MilitaryScience classrooms. In 1958 ROTC took on a new look on campus. The advancecourse students started wearing the Army Green uniform for the firsttime.
The program basically remained unchanged until 1965, when the two year programwas introduced to the ROTC program. The program reached the second highestenrollment of 327 cadets in 1966. During this time frame the department alsosaw its first casualties of the Vietnam War, Major Hendon (APMS) and CaptainWalker (class of 54) were killed in action.
The middle 60's and early 70's saw the University of Houston emerge as anational power in rifle marksmanship. The rifle teams won 2 SouthwestConference championships; 66 and 68, four 4th Army matches; 65-68. In additionto the championships the teams were rated nationally as number 1 in 67 and 71,and ranked 3rd in 72 and 76. The department has also had two all Americans,Jesse Reynolds in 66 and Senoid Legge in 72 and 73.
In 1970 the ROTC department moved to its current location in Hofheinz Pavilion.In 1972 women were allowed to enroll in ROTC, and the first woman wascommissioned at the University of Houston in 1975. The University currently hascross-enrollment agreements with 13 other schools in the Houston area. The ROTCprogram at the University of Houston continues to commission high qualitySecond Lieutenants for the United States Army.