Early Years of Military Science at UTSA

Originally, students attending Military Science classes at UTSA were a detachment of the St. Mary’s University Army ROTC program. UTSA officially commissioned its first class of 25 Cadets in May 1982 and established its own ROTC program later in the year. This class was exceptional, with 13 of the 25 commissioned being former enlisted soldiers with more than 120 years service to their credit. Since 1982 the Roadrunner battalion has grown in both prestige and size. Presently, the Roadrunner Battalion is one of 38 universities within the 5th ROTC Brigade footprint and host school for San Antonio College, Wayland Baptist University, Texas A&M San Antonio and Northwest Vista College. Through August 2016, the Roadrunner Battalion has commissioned 646 2nd Lieutenants.

In 2016 over 6,500 Cadets attended Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky home of Cadet Command. For a 4th year, UTSA Cadets exceeded the Brigade and National average amongst their peers to include West Point and other military academies. When compared to other schools in Texas, UTSA remains one of the top programs in Texas

Army ROTC prepares college students to succeed in any competitive environment. The leadership training and experiences you have in the Army ROTC will provide you with a foundation to become commissioned Army Officers upon graduation. Upon completion of the Army ROTC program, you will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army and will embark on specialized training.

Army ROTC is one of the Nation’s top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining. Through Army ROTC you can:

  • Get help with your college tuition with an Army ROTC scholarship.
  • Gain experience you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Gain the respect of your peers and future employers.
  • Train to become a leader and manager.