Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, visited Marquette University on April 5, 2011. The Chairman had breakfast with and addressed the Cadets and Midshipmen of Marquette University's Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC programs.
ROTC at Marquette traces its lineage to 1918 when the Student Army Training Corps was established on campus to commission Army officers and facilitate the nation’s efforts in the First World War. The Naval ROTC unit was officially established in 1940. In 1943 the Marquette community welcomed the Army Special Training Program which prepared Marquette students for leadership positions in the Army during World War II. Marquette hosted the Navy’s V-12 College Training Program from 1943 to 1945 to supplement the Navy and Marine Corps’ need for commissioned officers during the Second World War. The current Department of Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC) was established in 1951. During the Vietnam War, many universities yielded to the pressure put upon them by those who opposed that war and made the decision to close their ROTC programs. Marquette did not follow that path but instead remained committed to its long tradition of ROTC involvement. We did so because Marquette believes we can best serve both our nation and our own values as a Catholic, Jesuit university if we continue to play a positive role in the ethical education of future leaders of our armed forces. Air Force ROTC traces its history to the mid-1980s, and the official Marquette detachment was established in 1998. All three units train Marquette students to become ethical officers of character for our nation’s military.
The Army ROTC program is comprised of over 100 cadets, majority of whom are Marquette students, with the others attending affiliate schools at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Concordia University Wisconsin, and Carroll University.