University of Delaware

Cadets stand in front of the Delaware Military Instruction Building circa 1894.

University of Delaware and Army ROTC; The beginning years.

Since as early as 1870, there has been a Professor of Military Science at Delaware College. Following a suspension of military instruction between 1875and 1885, the Army officially established a Military Department, with 1LTGeorge Leroy Brown was the first Professor of Military Science


UD Army ROTC comes of age

In 1890, the number of cadets included four seniors, six juniors, nineteen sophomores, fifty-two freshman, seventy-six sub freshman, and one special student. As a result, when the Spanish-American War came, the Cadet Corps was well organized and its members proved valuable in preparing the Delaware Militia for its part in the conflict. Many of the undergraduates volunteered for service, and a few who obtained commissions remained in the Regular Armyand served as officers in World War I.

Post WWI to Pre Gulf War.

Army ROTC at Delaware was an infantry unit until 1926 when it was changed to Coastal Artillery. In May 1930, the first ROTC class in Coastal Artillery graduated and was commissioned. During World War II, ROTC continued with the Army's Specialized Training Program. In September of 1953, the Department ofthe Army authorized the conversion of the branch specific course at the University of Delaware to a general military science program. This conversion has given ROTC graduates a broad background in military science common to the Army as a whole. Upon graduation a cadet may be commissioned into almost any branch of the Army. 

Present to Future Operations

The Army ROTC program at the University of Delaware is responsible for commissioning 16 cadets as 2nd Lieutenants into the Army annually. Graduates have gone on to serve in the Army in every field including infantry, engineering, nursing, judge advocate general, and special operations to name a few.  They have served more recently in Operation Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, in addition to successful careers in public serviceand private business.  The Military Science Department is committed toproviding the discipline and excellence necessary to compete in anyenvironment.