University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Cadets participate in color guards for ROTC functions, football games, other sporting events, and special occasions such as funerals and Veteran's Day ceremonies.

Color guard at the annual Dining In.

Cadets participate in color guards for ROTC functions, football games, other sporting events, and special occasions such as funerals and Veteran's Day ceremonies.

History of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Nebraska

The Military Science program was established at the University in 1876 under the provisions of the Morrill “Land Grant” Act of 1862. At the time, 57 out of 100 male students enrolled in the University colleges elected to take military science. Throughout its history, the program has been strongly supported by both the Regents and the University administration.

During the first decade, the Regents made Military Science compulsory. The next quarter century witnessed the development of a very strong military curriculum. Lieutenant John J. Pershing, yet to gain fame on the Mexican Border and in World War I, became the Commandant in 1891. The building in which Cadets today study and train is named after General Pershing. The Pershing Military and Naval Science Building is located in the heart of the University of Nebraska’s City Campus. Under his leadership, the Cadet Battalion grew consistently, gaining acclaim for its proficiency in both military circles and within the State of Nebraska. The Pershing Era, only four years in duration, set a pattern that was followed until 1917.

In September 1975, a partnership agreement was implemented with Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. In 1979, the same agreement was implemented with Concordia College at Seward, Nebraska. Nebraska Wesleyan University of Lincoln followed in 1993 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2008. Under these agreements, Cadets attend the partnership college in pursuit of their academic degree while also participating in Army ROTC through the UNL host program. After graduation, they are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army.