Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Military Science and Tactics
- Existence: 1903 - 1917
Compulsory military training for all students has its origins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in conformity with the requirements of an act of Congress, dated 2 July 1862, in the midst of the U.S. Civil War. Training was implemented at MIT when the first group of students entered in 1865. A Department of Military Science and Tactics was created in 1903, although a professor of military science, an officer in the regular army, was continuously engaged from the establishment of the Institute until that date to teach military science. Institute catalogs refer to the department as the Department of Military Science, the Department of Military Science and Tactics, and the Department of Military Tactics. The department was discontinued in 1917 when the Student Army Training Corps was established at MIT.