Vanderbilt University

Go Gold History

Army ROTC began at Vanderbilt in 1947 with a small Medical Corps unit for medical school students. During the 1951-52 school year the program expanded with the institution of Chemical Corps and Corps of Engineering branch-specific curriculums. Companies A through D were affiliated with the Chemical Corps and Companies E and F were affiliated with the Corps of Engineers. These were phased out in 1953-54 by the present day general studies Military Science program.

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is a challenging series of college electives which teach leadership and management skills. The program prepares both men and women for responsibilities as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard upon graduation.

As part of the Gold Go Battalion, cadets have a normal college experience as well as participate in ROTC classes, leadership labs, field training, and physical training. Other training activities include: Airborne School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare School, Northern Warfare School, SAPPER School, CTLT, along with various internship opportunities.

Army ROTC is one of the smartest college courses you can take. It offers opportunities and challenges that can put you on the fast track to success in life. You'll develop the confidence, self-esteem, motivation and leadership skills you'll need regardless of your career plans. The qualities that ROTC training instills will be vital to a productive and rewarding future.