Utah Tech University partnering with Army, Guard to bring ROTC program to campus

Utah Tech University, the U.S. Army and the Utah National Guard are partnering to bring the Army ROTC program back to the UT campus starting this fall.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for the Utah National Guard to partner with both UT and Army Cadet Command to reinitiate the ROTC program,” LTC Toby Adamson, the recruiting and retention battalion commander for the Utah Army National Guard, said. “We are confident that UT will produce excellent officers and leaders by providing them with a high-quality, active education.”

Student-cadets completing Utah Tech’s ROTC program can graduate as commissioned officers in either the U.S. Army or the Utah National Guard. The program will allow students to major in the subject of their choice and minor in Military Science.

“I can’t think of a better example of UT’s ‘active learning. active life.’ mission than ROTC,” Stephen Lee, dean of Utah Tech’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said. “Our students will receive excellent training and important career opportunities.”

Students enrolling in the ROTC program may qualify for significant scholarships to help underwrite the cost of tuition and room and board.

“College ROTC programs expand scholarship opportunities for deserving students and provide a direct path to serve as officers in the U.S. Army,” LTC Travis Bailey, professor of military science with the Service First Battalion Army ROTC, said.

The ROTC program at Utah Tech will be managed by UT’s new Military Science Department. The department initially will be staffed with Utah National Guard personnel and include curriculum developed by the Army. The Military Science Department will be located in Utah Tech’s McDonald Center and will be part of the university’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

“This is an important partnership between the U.S. Army, the Utah National Guard and Utah Tech,” Adamson said. “It is great to return to Utah Tech to be part of the tremendous programs the school has developed.”

Lee agreed, noting that this was “an important community partnership with the U.S. Army and Utah National Guard.”

Learn more about Utah Tech University’s Army ROTC program at rotc.utahtech.edu.