Tarleton State University
ROTC students provide a firing detail at the annual Silver Taps ceremony to honor deceased alumni.

Silver Taps.

ROTC students provide a firing detail at the annual Silver Taps ceremony to honor deceased alumni.

Army ROTC at Tarleton State University

The history of military training at Tarleton can trace its beginning all theway back to the formation of Tarleton College in 1890.  All male studentsat Tarleton College were required to wear military uniforms and participate inmilitary training.  All students were referred to as “cadets” during theseearly years.  Radical changes in the military training occurred duringWorld War II.  Many courses were added to support the build-up inpreparation for World War II.  Some of the changes included FlightTraining, which was added in 1939.  The entire university took on the roleof doing its part to support the military effort that would be needed to winWorld War II.  Tarleton provided many members to the military.  Also,many of the Tarleton faculty and staff resigned their positions to volunteerfor military service.  One of the federal programs offered at Tarleton wascalled the Army Specialized Training Program or ASTP.  This program wasestablished by the War Department in 1942. Under the program, Army enlisted menwere sent to various colleges and universities to take coursework inengineering and allied subjects.  The first 500 ASTP members arrived atTarleton on July 21, 1943.  Tarleton State University has producedhundreds of fine Army officers since its inception. These former cadets havegone on to all branches of the Army.  These alumni continue to make theTexan Battalion and the University community proud to have been a part of theirlives.  Join the tradition of Army ROTC at Tarleton StateUniversity.