Rochester Institute of Technology
Tiger Battalion Color Guard serving at the spring Commissioning Ceremony

The Tiger Battalion Color Guard

Tiger Battalion Color Guard serving at the spring Commissioning Ceremony


The proposal for an Army ROTC detachment in Rochester was initiated in 1967 when the Army advised RIT that they were interested in establishing a program in the area for school year 1969-1970. A committee headed by the institute President met in 1968 to discuss implementation of the program and recommendations for its operation in relation to the rest of the institute.  In November, the Army approved RIT’s application for the program and ROTC at RIT became a reality.

The first PMS and his staff arrived here in February 1969, and by September students began enrolling in ROTC. The program kicked off the school year with 54 cadets; 11 in the two-year program and 43 in the 4-year program. By 1971, eight of those first cadets were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants.

Our Battalion today represents not just the Rochester Institute of Technology, but also the University of Rochester, Nazareth College of Rochester, St. John Fisher College, the State University of New York campus at Geneseo, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the Monroe Community College. Since 1969, ROTC has provided scholarships of varying lengths to cadets who have studied at all of these institutions.

Women first became a part of the ROTC program and of this Battalion in 1973.  Since that time, the number of female cadets enrolled in the ROTC program has steadily increased. 

As our ROTC program has developed, we have added events such as our own Army-Navy and Army-Air Force football games, a military ball, and dining-ins.

In service to our nation, our graduates have become officers in both the Regular Army and Reserve Forces. We presently have graduates in virtually every branch of the Army and in many parts of the world.