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Three Rivers Battalion History

Army ROTC began at Robert Morris University in the spring of 2006 as a satellite school for the Three Rivers Battalion hosted at the University of Pittsburgh. The War Department established Army ROTC programs at the University of Pittsburgh in March 1918 and at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1919. An infantry unit was first established for instruction at the University of Pittsburgh until August 1921. In September 1919, a Coast Artillery unit was established along with a Motor Transport unit. The Motor Transport unit was discontinued in 1941 with the outbreak of WWII. In 1943, the Advanced Course was suspended, taken over by a 90-day Officer Candidate School, which produced needed active duty officers instead of reserve officers. The only unit reinstated after WWII was the Coast Artillery, which was converted to Anti-Aircraft Artillery during spring 1946. Additionally, a Corps of Engineers, Quartermaster and Medical units emerged to meet the Army's increased need for specialization.

In 1956, a general Military Science program of instruction was established, ending the specialized units. Presently, the Army ROTC curriculum is set up for general Military Science, offering commissions in all Army branches.

On 1 July 1975, the Department of the Army fused the ROTC programs at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to form the Pittsburgh Senior ROTC Instruction Group. Since 1922, these two programs have commissioned more than 5,000 officers. Currently, the Pittsburgh Senior ROTC Instruction Group is comprised of more than 100 students from seven different universities in western Pennsylvania. The current universities are the host institution, the University of Pittsburgh, and seven satellite schools: Robert Morris University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost, Washington & Jefferson College, California University of Pennsylvania, Chatham College and St. Vincent College. The program is open to students of any of the 12 colleges or universities in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Leadership Classes
  • Leadership
  • Learn about leadership theory, followership, and group interaction in both a classroom twice a week and a lab period. You will develop problem solving skills, critical thinking abilities, and the ability to use goal setting and feedback mechanisms to succeed in any vocation.
  • Ethics
  • Learn about Army leadership doctrine including ethical decision making and the Law of War. The Army values are: leadership, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
  • First Aid Techniques
  • Hands-on basic first aid techniques such as prevention of cold weather injuries.
  • Map Reading/Land Navigation
  • Have you ever looked at a map and a compass, and wondered how to use them in the surrounding area? Take this class and you will be able to plot your location on a map, navigate to another location, convert between magnetic and grid azimuths, read a map, use a compass, and terrain associate. These are essential skills to anyone who enjoys hiking, climbing, backpacking, or camping.
  • Communication Skills
  • Improve your written communication skills by learning the Army writing style. Give informational briefings to improve oral communication skills.
  • Basic Rifle Marksmanship
  • Aim and fire an M-16 rifle. You learn about breathing techniques, how to squeeze the trigger, and how to aim a rifle.


 MS I/Freshman  MILS 1001, 1002  Introduction to Military Science/Leadership
 MSII/Sophomore      MILS 2001, 2002      Application of Military Science/Leadership
 MSIII/Junior  MILS 3001, 3002       Advanced Leadership/Tactical Pl 
 MSIV/Senior  MILS 4001, 4002   Officership, Command & Staff 

Leadership Labs

Leadership Labs occur weekly on Friday afternoons. The main focus of these leadership labs is to work and foster team leadership activities and facilitate hands-on leadership training. Once a semester, on a Saturday, cadets conduct a Leadership Developmental Exercise at Camp Dawson in West Virginia. This involves Leadership Reaction Courses, Squad Tactical Exercises, and other such training events.