Tradition

The Department of Military Science at Utah State University came into being in 1892, four years after the University was established. Students enrolled in/graduated from the military science program served in the Spanish-American War, followed closely by their participation with “Black Jack” Pershing as he chased Pancho Villa into history. 

Students who trained and drilled on USU’s Quad fought in the trenches of WWI and across the skies and battlefields of WWII.  They served in the barren hills of Korea, in the jungles of Vietnam and Panama and in the Deserts of the Middle East.

The training they received prior to becoming officers and enlisted men helped prepare them to fight and win the nation’s wars. Aggies who served in peace and war have and are helping to preserve liberty throughout the world in unique and important ways. 

The Military Science program at USU started small.  The number of students trained each year grew from just over 200 in 1900 to more than 2,200 in 1950.  By 1947 the Military Science program was so successful and it had gained such prominence that USU was known as the “West Point of the West,” and USU was commissioning more officers into the military than any school in the nation except West Point itself.

Today the tradition of training at USU, although small, has never been of higher quality than at any other time in history. 

excerpt from West Point of the West
by Shawn Alan Harris

 

 

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