"Oceanside, Pacific Pride, Triton Warriors Lead the Way!"
With a history of excellence and success dating back to 1979, the University of Guam Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program recruits, educates, develops, and inspires future leaders of the U.S. Army.
The UOG Army ROTC program is known as the Triton Warrior Battalion, serving under the national Army ROTC program alongside 270 other host institutions across the country.
More than 400 Triton Warriors have found success in every branch of the U.S. Army Officer Corps through UOG's ROTC program. Enthusiastic participation from the cadets, top-notch instructions from the cadre, and an established relationship between UOG and its Military Science Department, under the College of Natural & Applied Sciences, have led the program to be recognized both nationally and locally for excellence.
The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), as it exists today, began over 100 years ago with President Woodrow Wilson signing the National Defense Act of 1916. Although military training had been taking place in civilian colleges and universities as early as 1819, the signing of the National Defense Act brought this training under a single, federally controlled entity. Today, Army ROTC opportunities are available across the country in more than 270 host units, as well as hundreds of extension centers and cross-enrolled schools.
The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program was established at the University of Guam on Oct. 19, 1979. Originally christened the Gold Warrior Battalion, the ROTC program’s first military science classes were taught to 44 initial-level and 25 secondary-level cadets in Fall 1980.
In 1984, UOG ROTC had received the coveted “Warrior of the Pacific” Award from the Department of Army, the “Excelsior” Award from the UOG president, and a U.S. Congressional Recognition for its outstanding performance. Numerous scholarships soon followed, ranging from academic-based University Board of Regents scholarships to national ROTC scholarships.
By May 1994, the ROTC program was renamed the “Triton Warrior Battalion.” The new name truly conveyed the strength of the ROTC cadets and cadre as they continued to achieve fantastic success through the years. A partnership basic course program then began in 1998 at Northern Marianas College in Saipan, teaching basic course cadets.
With success and excellence flourishing throughout the years, the University of Guam was the Army’s top U.S. Army ROTC program in 2002, beating 270 other schools in the nation. Enthusiastic participation from the cadets, top-notch instructions from the cadre, and an established relationship between the university and its Military Science Department lead the program to be recognized both nationally and locally for excellence. More than 400 Triton Warriors have found success in every branch of the U.S. Army Officer Corps.
The Army’s resurfaced motto of “Be All You Can Be” ties directly to the old UOG pride motto of “Proud to Be.” Nonetheless, “Oceanside, Pacific Pride, TRITON WARRIORS LEAD THE WAY!”
“The University of Guam Army ROTC commissions the future leaders of the United States Army and motivates young people to be better civilians.”
“The U.S. Army Cadet Command partners with universities to recruit, educate, develop, and inspire Senior ROTC Cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army; and partners with high schools to conduct JROTC in order to develop citizens of character for a lifetime of commitment and service to the nation.”
Last updated: December 2023