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Army ROTC courses were offered to WSU students for the first time in 1974. Classes were held at the University of Dayton. A cross-enrollment contract was established between the University of Dayton and Wright State University in 1976. This allowed ROTC students to take classes instructed by UD ROTC Cadre at the WSU campus. ROTC Cadre were permanently assigned to WSU in 1978. An Extension Center Agreement was completed in April 1980. 

The university and students have changed but the goal of the ROTC program remains the same, to produce quality officers. On 1 September 1997, the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Togo West, established WSU ROTC as a Host Center allowing it to establish its own traditions.

Our mission: Recruit, select, develop, train, retain, evaluate, and commission the future leadership of the United States Army.