University of Oregon
The Webfoot Warrior Battalion completes one of many springtime ruck marches.

Ruck March

The Webfoot Warrior Battalion completes one of many springtime ruck marches.

University of Oregon ROTC provides the premier leadership development training at the university as well as provides Military Science education to all interested University of Oregon students.

Battalion History

In January 1916, then University of Oregon, (UO) president Prince Lucien Cambell, established a ROTC curriculum led by LTC John Leader, a retired British officer. Over 100 students participated in the first drill in March 1916, led by officers from the Oregon National Guard. By the fall term 1916, ROTC became compulsory for all male freshmen and sophomores. On January 27, 1919, ROTC was officially established at the UO, commanded by COL. William Bowen. ROTC became voluntary in the fall of 1962. The long tradition of ROTC at the UO has produced the highest number of General Officers of all nonmilitary ROTC schools nationwide. A total of 47 flag officers are University of Oregon graduates.

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