Texas Christian University
The tradition continues to this day. Our ROTC cadets are expected to be outstanding representatives of the school and the Army.

TCU ROTC cadets are inspected. (1985)

The tradition continues to this day. Our ROTC cadets are expected to be outstanding representatives of the school and the Army.

The History of Army ROTC at Texas Christian University

In 1873, TCU first opened its doors to thirteen students at Thorp Springs, forty miles southwest of Fort Worth.  The University was originally named AddRan Male and Female Academy.  In 1896, the campus relocated to Waco, and in 1902 was renamed Texas Christian University.  The college moved to its present location in 1911.

In the summer of 1951, the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program was first introduced at TCU.  During the program’s first three years, the Transportation Corps was the only branch represented on campus, and a total of 24 TCU officers were produced through 1954.  In the spirit of interservice cooperation, a joint Army-Air Force ROTC Band was formed in 1952.  In 1954, the Horned Frog Regiment Transportation Corps Officer Training Unit was redesignated as a General Military Science Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Unit offering commissions in all branches.  In 1955 and 1956, the Army-Air Force Corps of Cadets was merged into one organization, but the Air Force established a separate program in 1957.  Beginning in 1973, women were admitted to the Corps of Cadets.  The first female from TCU was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1975.

While at TCU, cadets have a myriad of opportunities to gain practical leadership experience and develop the honorable characteristics desired in tomorrow’s leaders.  Cadets conduct semi-annual field training exercises, compete in the Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition, participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March and the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency competitions.  Cadets also perform civic projects such as Habitat for Humanity and Color Guard support for local organizations and veterans groups.
TCU Army ROTC cadets are given the opportunity to attend:

  • Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA.
  • Air Assault Training at Fort Campbell, KY.
  • Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY
  • CTLT (Cadet Troop Leader Training) at Army installations around the world.
  • Army Internships
  • Northern Warfare Training in Alaska
  • Between their junior and senior year cadets attend Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, KY, where they are rigorously tried and tested in Army skills and hone their leadership styles and traits.

TCU Army ROTC cadets major in various fields of study. One highlight is the valuable addition of nurses that TCU provides to the Army. Since 1951, over 1100 graduates of TCU have received Army commissions through the program.