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Cadets learn how to move as members of a Fire Team in basic soldiering.

Squad Movement

Cadets learn how to move as members of a Fire Team in basic soldiering.

"Ikaika I Amua"

Battalion History

The UH Army ROTC program traces its roots to 1914. At that time, the wardepartment authorized a 62-man student army training corps at Hawaii College,commanded by LTG H. Barnhardt.

The corps was housed in 12 tents on loan from the army and one end of theengineering laboratory was converted into a temporary mess hall. Cadets wereinducted into the army, paid as privates, and subject to UCMJ. They studiedmilitary and academic subjects on a schedule running from 0600-2130. Thetraining corps was disbanded on 20 Dec. 1918 as a result of the armisticeending WWI.

Fortunately, Fall 1919 saw a student infantry company organize itself with theintent of qualifying for the newly-instituted national ROTC program. However,because it was below the required 100-man strength, it was not formallyrecognized by the war department until 1921. In 1924, the first commissions inthe United States Army Reserves were awarded to cadets that had completed fouryears of ROTC training. From this austere beginning, our program took root andcontinued to expand to its present form.

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