Who We Are

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps was originally established at Boston University in 1919. After a withdrawal from campus in 1970 associated with the campus turbulence of the late 1960’s, the University trustees applied to the Pentagon for re-establishment of Army ROTC. In the 1980-1981 academic year the Army re-established its ROTC detachment, which has been a welcome and important part of the BU community ever since. Army ROTC officers have served with distinction in all the conflicts since World War I.


The US Navy established a Naval ROTC program at BU in the fall of 1982. Since that time the unit has continuously prepared midshipmen for commissioning in the US Navy or the Marine Corps.


US Air Force ROTC operated at BU from 1950 to 1970. It was re-established (concurrently with the restoration of Army ROTC) in the 1980-1981 academic year. The Flying Tiger Wing has continued since that time to prepare officers for the Air Force. Three graduates have attained general officer rank.


Today Boston University is one of only a handful of institutions nationwide to offer all three ROTC programs to its students.