The ROTC program in south Florida started back in 1956 at the University of Miami. The program was relocated to Florida International University in January 1996 and was officially activated on July 1, 1996.

Florida International University currently has over 52,000 students and offers more than 200 baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree programs in more than 280 majors. Its average cadet enrollment in the ROTC “Southern Strike” program is over 225 students. The program is also part of the Hispanic Access Initiative established in fiscal year 2003. The Battalion also has 6 partnership schools: University of Miami; Florida Atlantic University; Florida Memorial University; Miami Dade College, Broward College, and Barry College.