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Colorado School of Mines Military Science Department offers Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs.  Cadets experience leadership, team building and management training while attending the ROTC course.  ROTC cadets simultaneously pursue an undergraduate degree.  Upon completion of ROTC requirements and receipt of their degree, cadets are commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants and are sent to their respective posts or bases to complete their officer training, and begin their military leadership career. 

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      Colorado School of Mines (Company B) is part of the thirteen school Army Buffalo Battalion with The University of Colorado at Boulder being the host school.  All Colorado School of Mines Army ROTC classes are taught on the CSM campus, and cadets from Colorado Christian University and Red Rocks Community College may attend ROTC classes at Mines.  View Army ROTC course offeringsPDF versionText only version. Find out about Army ROTC scholarships.  Explore the exciting Army careers that are offered to our future leaders! 





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Air Force Detachment 105, consists of thirteen schools, with The University of Colorado at Boulder serving as our Partnership Host.  Some Air Force ROTC classes are taught on the CSM campus, and the entire Detachment gathers at UCB for weekly Lead Labs.  View the AF ROTC course description PDF versionText only versionhere. You may also view AF ROTC course requirements and frequently asked questions about the program within Detachment 105. There are many Air Force ROTC scholarship opportunities available.  Explore the exciting Air Force Careers that are available! 


History of Military Science at Colorado School of Mines   

In 1919, with the War Department authorization,  Colorado School of Mines became one of the first four colleges in the United States to establish a reserve officers training corps (ROTC).  The first CSM ROTC graduating class commissioned in 1921.

The Military Science Department at Colorado School of Mines is rich in history and military tradition.  Dating as early as 1873,  where Bishop Randall's "School of Mines" lists eight faculty members, and  Captain George West was the instructor of Military Tactics.  In 1911, School President Victor Alderson granted credit toward graduation upon completing a satisfactory course of training in Company A Engineers, Colorado National Guard.   In 1917, many Mines men joined local recruits of Company A, 115th Engineers, 40th Division and deployed to France and were decorated for their service.  In 1939 the 115th Engineers retired their colors to Colorado School of Mines, and the flag is displayed in the Military Science Department. 



Colorado School of Mines Army ROTC - Office (303) 273-3380 / Recruiting Officer (303) 492-3549

Colorado School of Mines Air Force ROTC - Office (303) 273-3380 / Recruiting Officer (303) 492-8351