Claremont McKenna College
A junior in the ROTC program stands alone while briefing the ins and outs of an orienteering course. Cadets acquire the knowledge needed to help underclassmen along.

Lead the Way

A junior in the ROTC program stands alone while briefing the ins and outs of an orienteering course. Cadets acquire the knowledge needed to help underclassmen along.

A Proud History-A Bright Future

The Claremont McKenna College ROTC Battalion has been proud to help develop the leaders of tomorrow.

Army ROTC at Claremont McKenna College over the years

The Claremont McKenna College Reserve Officer’s Training Corps is one if the oldest in the nation, celebrating its 92nd anniversary this year.  Military training began in 1916 on the campus of Pomona College.  An Infantry ROTC unit was officially authorized by the War Department in January 1919.  In 1949, the unit was co-hosted by Pomona College and Claremont Men’s College (now known as Claremont McKenna College) as the newly organized CMC began enrolling students.  In 1953, the curriculum was changed from infantry to general military science.

In the 1970s the program began expanding with the enrollment of students from several local colleges.  Extension centers were established at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (1980), San Diego State University (1980), California State University, San Bernardino, and California State University, Fullerton (1983).  San Diego State University was granted host battalion status in 1981, and California State University, Fullerton in 2000.

Claremont McKenna College assumed full support for the ROTC program in 1995.  Cross-enrollment agreements are currently in effect with several other educational institutions in the four county areas served by this battalion.  Over the past 86 years, we have proudly commissioned 4,872 Army Second Lieutenants.