To compensate for low enrollment during the fall term of the 1918/1919 school year, members of the faculty were asked to enroll young men from area towns in the Student Army Training Corp. The 124 men lived on campus, drilled and could attend class. Although the Indiana State Normal Bulletin (Vol. XII, No. 2, November 1918) announces that "Never before in any country has such a splendid opportunity been offered to educated young men." the 1919 yearbook records:
During the Fall term of nineteen hundred eighteen, military training occupied the most important place in the life of our school. The Students' Army Training Corp, alias The Saturday Afternoon Tea Club, alias other appellations which all members will recall was established under the supervision of the government to train students for entrance into the army as commissioned officers.
This section of the yearbook appears to have been authored by a participant in the SATC program as he continues with:
Though greatly handicapped by the lack of equipment, change of programs and disease epidemics, we might, in a flattering way, say that it was a successfully conducted work until the termination of the war caused interest in this direction to cease." "The majority of us enlisted under a misconception, and our proud, freedom-loving spirits soon chafed under the toils and limitations of a soldier's life. Thing did not concur with our previously conceived notions of a military career. The grease and grime of pots and pans was not considered by some to be much of an inspiration to embryo officers. Touching one's feet with the tips of the fingers without bending the knees is galling to the pride, and to some a physical impossibility.
Student Army Training Corps, 1918-1919