UCF Army ROTC is a program offered at the University of Central Florida. College students who pursue this program are in seek of becoming a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. This may include active duty, reserve, or national guard service. Throughout their respected years in the program, students are tasked with the basis of learning what it means to be an officer in the United States Army. While doing so, students participate in a variety of leadership building classes and events that will benefit the students in their college and future career fields.
In 1916, President Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916, providing the opportunity for military training to be conducted at college and universities, also know as ROTC. On October 15th, 1986, UCF was officially established as an ROTC host school. Allowing the UCF Army ROTC program to be established. Over the course of the programs history, the number of students contracted in the program drastically increased. From only 20 cadets in the early years, to now over 210 cadets contracted in the program.
Not only UCF enrolled students are allowed to participate in the program. Other local colleges such as Seminole Community College (SCC) and Valencia Community College (VCC) all students the unique opportunity to participate in the program while attending another school for their respected studies. The UCF program as received highest regards as a top 15% program, in the nation since 1999 and honors of the Best Battalion in 2002.