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Telling Our Story: 130 Years of Aggie Women: Military

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Aggie Women in the Military

Women participated in military drill alongside men in the first years of the college, though participation stopped in 1893 when the requirement for women was dropped. Founded in 1921, a local chapter of the Sponsors Corps formed shortly after a group of young women began attending drill practices intended for male cadets, becoming an integral part of the Army ROTC program. The group fostered an interest in the Army ROTC program and planned social engagements. 

After World War II, women continued active participation in the Army ROTC and newly formed Air Force ROTC. Increased participation at USU led to the forming of an additional female Air Force ROTC auxiliary in 1963, the Angel Flight.

In 1973, USU joined ten universities across the nation in accepting women into the ranks of the ROTC, this allowed women to participate in military training on par with their male counterparts.