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KU Army ROTC Cadets serve with honor as the present the Colors for the National Anthem prior to the start of a game at Allen Field House.

Present the Colors

KU Army ROTC Cadets serve with honor as the present the Colors for the National Anthem prior to the start of a game at Allen Field House.

A Proud History - A Bright Future

ROTC at the University of Kansas enjoys an old and proud heritage. The KU Army ROTC program is one of the top ROTC programs in the country and we have the luxury of having all the military services represented here at KU. Army ROTC is the senior program, having been established in 1918 in the wake of World War I. Since then, over 2,000 second lieutenants have been commissioned through KU’s Army ROTC program.

In 1946, following World War II, both the Naval and Air Force ROTC programs joined the Army at KU. The Air Force ROTC program is actually older than the Air Force itself, which didn’t become a separate service until 1947. The original program was called “Air ROTC” and was administered by the Army Air Forces.

KU is one of only 50 universities in the nation offering an ROTC program that represents all branches of the military. These programs are integrated into the mainstream of campus activities. Students who participate in ROTC pursue a regular university degree while augmenting their studies with ROTC courses from the Department of Military Science.