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Cadets assemble at the front of campus for the daily flag retreat. This photo depicts what is now the center of campus and the Texas Tech Memorial Circle, a special area on campus honoring Red Raider veterans of foreign wars.

Early Corps Formation

Cadets assemble at the front of campus for the daily flag retreat. This photo depicts what is now the center of campus and the Texas Tech Memorial Circle, a special area on campus honoring Red Raider veterans of foreign wars.

Red Raiders & Army ROTC - A Military Tradition

Army ROTC was formally established by the National Defense Act of1916.  The Morill Act, or Land Grant of 1862, provided money from the saleof government lands to establish colleges and universities.  Theinstitutions were to teach “agricultural and mechanical arts” and “otherscientific and classic studies…including military tactics.”  Thisultimately lead to the creation of Texas Tech University in 1925.

The National Defense Act of 1916 made provisions for an organized reserve foremergency duty.  Before this Act, the training personnel received in theservice during wartime were lost after demobilization.  After World War I,the ROTC program swung into full gear.  Regular Army officers wereassigned as instructors on college campuses.  Instruction was given inboth high schools and colleges.  The ROTC Vitalization Act of 1964authorized financial aid in the form of ROTC scholarships for selectedstudents.  These scholarships aid thousands of college students eachyear.  In 1972, a pilot program was started at selected colleges whichallowed women to take part in ROTC and earn commissions as second lieutenantsin the Army. 

Texas Tech University has a long and proud history of producing officers forthe US Army.  The Red Raider Battalion as we know it today was charteredin 1956.