For more than a century, military training has been offered at Oregon State University. Fulfilling a provision of the Morrill Act of 1862, which gave Corvallis College its first public support, an Army Cadet Corps was organized in 1873.


ROTC at Oregon State is made up of the departments of Military Science, Naval Science, and Aerospace Studies. In 1917, the Department of Military Science became responsible for all military training under the National Defense Act of 1916. This act expanded and standardized the training of Army officers by colleges and universities and established the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). During World War II, OSU became known as the “West Point of the West” for commissioning more officers than any other nonmilitary academy in the nation.

Department of Military Science - Army ROTC


OSU Army ROTC continues the tradition of "The West Point of the West." Our Army ROTC graduates continue their proud heritage of dedicated service to the nation, while our current cadets accept the challenges of the ROTC program as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The focus of the ROTC program is leadership development. Students learn problem solving techniques, decision-making skills, planning and organizing skills, interpersonal communications skills, professional ethics and responsibilities, and other management and leadership skills. Leadership labs and field training exercises supplement classroom work with practical leadership training and experience.

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Department of Naval Science -
Marine Corps & Navy ROTC


The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically. To imbue them with the highest ideals of duty and loyalty, and with the core values of honor, courage and commitment in order to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward a career in naval service, and have a potential for further development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

The staff and students of the Beaver Battalion will relentlessly pursue excellence with Pride, Professionalism and Purpose, focusing on our mission of training junior officers to lead Sailors and Marines in the Fleet.

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Department of Aerospace Studies - Air Force ROTC


Since 1949, Detachment 685 has prepared Oregon State University students for service in the US Air Force. We were recognized as one of the top ten Air Force ROTC detachments in November 2010, continuing our tradition of excellence. Our cadets excel in training, and our alumni make a profound difference every day.

We train prospective Air Force officers for jobs including, but not limited to, pilots, navigators, doctors, engineers, scientists and nurses. Two-, three- and four-year programs are available for motivated and capable cadets. If you succeed, you will earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the best Air Force on the planet.

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