Awarded the #1 Battalion in the Nation by US Army Cadet Command

The heart of every Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) battalion is its cadets, and five separate academic institutions comprise the Georgetown University Army ROTC program, fondly called the Hoya Battalion:

  • The American University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The Georgetown University
  • The George Washington University
  • The Institute for World Politics

Cadets, young men and women who volunteer to serve, become officers through a balanced program of stimulating education, rigorous military training, and responsible socialization. These officers become the leaders of the tactical Army and the future leaders of the joint force.

Together, Hoya cadets come from every walk of life, were admitted into the top three percent of academic institutions in the country, and exceed the U.S. Army Cadet Command and 4th ROTC Brigade standards in every measurable category. In 2012, out of 272 programs in the nation, U.S. Army Cadet Command ranked the Hoya Battalion as its top Senior ROTC Battalion in the Nation.

The cadre of this battalion develops each and every cadet, one candidate at a time according to that person’s abilities. The cadre sets and enforces standards. The cadre instructs, teaches, trains, observes, evaluates, and provides feedback. The cadre cares for each cadet to ensure he/she is physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially sound. The cadre ensures cadets learn the profession of arms, obtain a commission, and possess the skills necessary to train soldiers and lead them into combat to achieve victory.

Unique to this program, a rich history exists between the Hoya Battalion and the Army. The first Georgetown student, who eventually served in Congress, was also the first Georgetown College cadet in 1791. For more than 220 years, this battalion commissioned more than 4,100 officers, including the current Chief of Staff, Army. Over that time, commissioned officers from the Hoya Battalion commanded soldiers at every level in every major campaign and conflict fought by the United States and the Confederate States of America.

Hoya cadets, upon commissioning, join a long line of distinguished graduates who have served this republic so well. The newest generation of Hoya officers, training today to earn a commission and lead soldiers, will uphold our battle-tested honor and serve with distinction, pride, and poise.

Thank you for visiting our website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you think you possess what it takes to become a Hoya cadet.

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This website is designed to be a tool for prospective, current, and former cadets.

Welcome Letter - A letter from the Professor of Military Science.