Army ROTC Office of the Provost

War Eagle Battalion



In 2016, Auburn University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, the War Eagle Battalion, celebrated the centennial anniversary of the U.S. Army ROTC, which began in 1916 with President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the National Defense Act of 1916.

While Army ROTC’s inception was in 1916, civilian colleges and universities have offered military training programs since 1819. Auburn University began its military training program the year the university was founded, 1856. At the time, all males attending Auburn had to participate in the program for at least two years.

Today, the War Eagle Battalion is a two to four-year program. While some students begin the program with a four-year ROTC scholarship, others take ROTC courses their freshman and sophomore years and then can choose to join the program if they meet all of the qualifications. After completing the program, cadets graduate as second lieutenants prepared to serve at least eight years in the National Guard, Army Reserves or on active duty.

The national Army ROTC produces more officers than any other organization in the U.S. military, having commissioned more than 600,000 second lieutenants. Auburn has produced more than 8,000 Army commissioned officers.

Last updated: 05/20/2021