Brigham Young University

Cadets listen to instruction for a field problem.

A Brief History of the BYU Army ROTC Program

The Army ROTC program was initiated at Brigham Young University on 29 April1968.  A building was constructed specifically for the ROTC Program (bothArmy and Air Force) and dedicated as the Daniel H. Wells ROTC Building inOctober 1968.

The first course of instruction was held during the 1968 Spring Term with afaculty and staff of four officers, two enlisted men, and two civilians. David R. Lyon, Colonel, Field Artillery, was the first professor of militaryscience.

Extracurricular activities begun at that time included a Drill Team, RifleMarksmanship Team, Color Guard, and the Army Sponsor Corps.  Later, theArmy ROTC Chorus, the Army ROTC Band, and a Ranger Company were organized.

In its early years (1969-1974) the BYU Army ROTC Program consistently hadthe largest voluntary cadet enrollment west of Texas A&M University and thelargest attendance at both the Basic and Advanced Camps.

Since 1976, BYU cadets have consistently placed in the top few of theinstitutions participating at the Fourth Region Advanced Camp, which is held atFort Lewis, Washington.  In 1988, two of the ten top regimental cadets ofthe camp were from BYU.

In 1988 & 1990 the BYU Ranger Challenge Team placed first in Brigadecompetitions, and first in Region Competitions at Fort Lewis Washington. Because the team achieved scores higher than those achieved in any of the otherthree ROTC Regions, the BYU Rangers were declared 1988 and 1990 NationalChampions. 

Those serving as past Professors of Military Science areas follows: David R. Lyon, COL (1968-1972) deceased March 2002; Bartley E. Day,COL (1972-1977) deceased October 1994; Donald G. Andrews, COL (1977-1980); JohnT. Kallunki, LTC (1980-1983) deceased August 1977); Brigham S. Shuler, LTC(1983-1987); John Norton Jr., LTC (1987-1991); Paul M. Searle, LTC (1991-1993);Joseph L. Allred, LTC (1993-1995); John J. Sullivan, LTC (1995-1998); Donald A.Coe, LTC (1998-1999); Reid E. Grawe, LTC (1999-2006). The current Professor ofMilitary Science is Major Theodore (Ted) M. Leblow. He assumed command of thisdetachment in June of 2006.