Founded in 1876, the Corps of Cadets is the oldest student organization at Texas A&M. Originally founded to commission students as officers in the U.S. Army, the Corps currently works closely with the each ROTC program in order to produce individuals who excel in leadership and academics. Composed of approximately 2500 cadets, the Corps provides students with structure and challenge in order to instill discipline and strong work ethic. Enrollment in basic ROTC courses is mandatory for all Freshmen and Sophomores in the Corps of Cadets. Approximately 45% of Cadets go on to pursue a commission in the U.S. Armed Forces.