The Army ROTC program as it is today started with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916. The National Defense Act of 1916 officially brought military instruction on America’s college campuses under a federally controlled program. Since its founding, the US Army’s Cadet Command has produced more than 100,000 lieutenants for America’s Army. Graduates of the ROTC program currently comprise more than 50% of the General Officers on Active Duty in the Army. Countless senior leaders in the corporate sector and in government proudly note that the Army ROTC program gave them the leadership and managerial skills that have allowed them to flourish in their civilian careers.