Gonzaga University
In 1899, the first ROTC unit (formerly called the “cadet program”) was established at Gonzaga, they were a motley crew that the Army determined as unsatisfactory. The US Army had planned to end the program but the Jesuits of Gonzaga had tremendous pride in the program, assisting in the discipline of the cadets, stalling the army from terminating the program in 1908.

A picture from one of the original ROTC units.

In 1899, the first ROTC unit (formerly called the “cadet program”) was established at Gonzaga, they were a motley crew that the Army determined as unsatisfactory. The US Army had planned to end the program but the Jesuits of Gonzaga had tremendous pride in the program, assisting in the discipline of the cadets, stalling the army from terminating the program in 1908.

Gonzaga ROTC Has a Long Standing Tradition of Success

<p>Gonzaga's ROTC program consistently ranks among the country's most elite programs based on various measures, including academic performance, Leadership Development and Assessment Course scores (formerly NALC), and the number of Lieutenants commissioned each year. The United States Army Cadet Command ranked the Gonzaga Bulldog Battalion among the top fifteen percent of the nation's ROTC programs every year since 2001. Additionally, the Gonzaga Class of 2003 earned the highest collective leadership score out of the 273 universities that sent cadets to LDAC.</p><p>In 1995 and 1997, the Bulldog Battalion was awarded the Founders and Patriots of America Award for being the best unit in the region west of the Mississippi River. This annual award is given jointly by the National Order of Founders and Patriots and US Army Cadet Command to recognize the most outstanding battalions within each of the three regions.</p><p>As the premier medium-sized unit in the region, the Bulldog Battalion was presented the 1996, 1998, 2003 and 2004 General Douglas MacArthur Award.</p>