Overview of UP ROTC

Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, or ROTC, is a component of the National Service Training Program (NSTP), under R.A. 9163. ROTC provides military training to tertiary level students in order to “motivate, train, organize and mobilize for national defense preparedness.”

The one-year Basic ROTC course covers Military Science 1 (Mil Sci 1) and Mil Sci 2, with three (3) units per semester. In UP Diliman, ROTC training is conducted every Saturday morning within the Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST) complex and other training venues. UP ROTC has an honor guard (the Rayadillo), Infantry (BlackHawks & Rangers) and Field Artillery (FA- which conducts real FA training under regular Army artillery units).

A WELL-ROUNDED LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE is what you will get in the UP ROTC, enabling you to develop:

  • Responsibility and discipline
  • Initiative and resourcefulness
  • Leadership and excellence

A LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP. The University of the Philippines pioneered the concept of the citizen army in the country with the establishment of the ROTC program in 1912. The DMST (Department of Military Science and Tactics) itself was established on March 17, 1922.

Graduates of the ROTC have served with honor and distinction throughout UP ROTC’s almost 100 years of existence. Whether in the armed forces, civilian government, corporate world and the international community, the UP ROTC has left a legacy of service, leadership and excellence – keeping true to its cherished shibboleths of DUTY well performed, HONOR untarnished, COUNTRY above self.