Welcome to the UC Santa Barbara
Army ROTC Surfrider Battalion
Welcome to University of California, Santa Barbara’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), home of the Surfrider Battalion. Our program provides leadership training for students and trains future Officers for the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and U.S. Army National Guard. Army ROTC enhances a student's education and provides unique educational opportunities by combining leadership and management theory with actual hands-on experience. Army ROTC develops self-discipline, physical stamina, leadership, management skills and many other qualities essential to success in life.
On October 3, 2013, the U.S. Army announced plans to close the ROTC program at UC Santa Barbara in 2015, but reversed its decision on November 6, 2013. The Army ROTC program is staying open and is looking for new Cadets to join the Surfrider Battalion. If you are interested in joining the program, please stop by or call/email us with any questions you may have.
The Army ROTC program at UCSB is not only academically demanding, but is well known throughout the nation as one of the top ROTC units. Our program has rewarding Warrior Forge performance scores which ultimately provides the Army with some of the finest newly commissioned Officers. Being a student at UCSB and learning to become a leader will make your college experience even richer and prepare you for a successful future.
Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage
Army ROTC is the oldest organization at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The program began in 1947 when all incoming Freshmen and Sophomores were required to become Cadets. In 1962, the compulsory enrollment ended and the voluntary Cadet Corps was established. The Surfrider Battalion’s mission, led by its dedicated and professional Cadre, is to recruit and retain quality Cadets and develop them physically, mentally, and emotionally into Officers worthy of leading our nation’s Soldiers and commanding the Army of the future.