University of Central Missouri
The Fighting Mules Battalion enjoys a rich history of quality cadets and cadre.

The first ROTC cadre

The Fighting Mules Battalion enjoys a rich history of quality cadets and cadre.

History of the UCM Military Science Department

LTC Warlick, the first Professor of Military Science at then CMSU, arrived on campus the 19th of February 1968 to establish the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. Academic instruction commenced with the fall semester, school year 1968-69. Classes were only presented to the Freshman and Junior students only. The Junior students were either transfer students who had attended an institution having ROTC, or had completed the six-week basic camp during the previous summer for which they received credit for freshman and sophomore years of ROTC. Classes for all four years were presented beginning with academic year 1969-70, since there were students advancing from each class. Upon activation, the Military Science Department at then CMSU was authorized on colonel, as the Professor of Military Science, three Lieutenant Colonels, four Majors, three Captains, for a total of 11 officers, a total of 8 non-commissioned officers, two Department of the Army civilians, and a state secretary. At present, the Department of Military Science is authorized three Officers, one Non-Commissioned Officer, two Department of the Army civilians, and one office professional.

History of the Fighting Mules Patch

Fighting Mules Battalion Patch has long been a symbol of the professionalism ascribed to by the Army ROTC Cadets at the University of Central Missouri. The original patch was divided into three components. The mule is representative of the "tough mindedness" of the Fighting Mules Cadets. The silver horseshoe is symbolic of the Cadets who have passed through the battalion, and commitment to integrity which they displayed as they pursued their commissions.

The Fighting Mules Battalion Patch has evolved throughout the years, just as the University of Central Missouri has. The present patch still displays the mule, once again representing the "tough mindedness" of the Cadets. The patch also includes the acronym for the recently renamed University of Central Missouri. Just as all previous patches, the University’s colors of red and black highlight the patch, and represent the spirit of cooperation which has existed between the university and the Department of Military Science over the years.