Loyola University Maryland
MS-I cadet Mark Dwyer secures his sector during the fall 2007 FTX. During these training weekends, MS-III cadets lead the underclassmen through various missions to get a feel of leading troops in the field.

MS-I cadet Mark Dwyer secures his sector during the fall 2007 FTX. During these training weekends, MS-III cadets lead the underclassmen through various missions to get a feel of leading troops in the field.

Battalion History

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program was introduced on the Loyola College Campus in 1952. The first graduates to be commissioned as officers in the United States Army were from the class of 1955. Since then, 1089 cadets have been commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army, 3 have reached the General Officer ranks, 1 has become an astronaut. The ROTC detachment is commanded by Professor of Military Science who is also the chairman of the Department of Military Science. The Department is made up of four officers, two noncommissioned officers (NCOs) and two Department of the Army civilians. The department and it’s administrative offices, supply room, and cadet lounge are located in the Early House, Radnor 300 , and Radnor 302 at the east end of the Loyola College Campus. All facilities required for the presentation of the ROTC academic Military Science program are centrally located on the campus

Until 1967, the Basic Course was mandatory for all freshman and sophomore students at Loyola. Since then the Basic Course has been an elective which prepares the cadet to enter the advanced course during his/her Junior and Senior years. The program culminates upon graduation with the presentation of an officers’ commission in either the U.S. Army Reserve, the National Guard, or the Regular Army.

The commissioning ceremony is the culmination of a cadet's training. It is a solemn affair held on the Loyola Campus on the morning before graduation day or soon thereafter. The cadets who are to be commissioned wear their Army dress blue uniform and designate the person(s) who will "pin" their new gold bars after receiving the oath of office.