On 21 July 1980, Slippery Rock State College contacted the First ROTC Region at Fort Bragg, North Carolina about establishing an Army ROTC program at Slippery Rock University. The mission establishing Army ROTC at Slippery Rock was assigned to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. An Extension Center agreement was submitted on 21 August 1980 and was approved on 1 March 1981.
In January 1982, the first military science course was offered at the freshman level. The following fall semester, Both MSI and MSII classes were offered. The first Advanced Course class was offered in September 1982. The first Second Lieutenants were commissioned in May 1984. Since that first class, there have been 279 officers commissioned from the Slippery Rock ROTC Program.
In March 2000, Major General Stewart Wallace approved Slippery Rock's application to be a fully independent, stand-alone, host ROTC program.
Since the beginning of Advanced ROTC, Slippery Rock cadets have consistently scored among the top 20 of 93 schools in the First ROTC Region. Slippery Rock, along with its former host institution, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has won the Governor's Trophy for the Best ROTC Unit in the Commonwealth three separate times. Slippery Rock was awarded the General Douglas MacArthur Award as the best unit of its size in the nation in 1993 and again in 1995. The commissioning class of 2007 had the honor of being #1 out of 19 schools in the 2nd Brigade, Eastern ROTC Region.
Slippery Rock University's ROTC Program offers a first-rate military education to supplement the other fine academic offerings of the university. Slippery Rock ROTC graduates are currently serving successfully in the Army in leadership positions throughout the world.