ROTC: A Proud Heritage

The United States Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is one of four avenues for earning an appointment as an Army officer. With 272 college ROTC departments across the nation annually commissioning over half of the Army’s Second Lieutenants, ROTC is the largest producer of Army officers. The other paths for securing officer appointments include the United States Military Academy at West Point, Army Officer Candidate School, and the Army’s direct commissioning process.

Army ROTC courses are among the best leadership courses in the country. Classroom experience and field training grant students first-hand opportunities to learn what it takes to lead others and motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an Army officer. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, students earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.

The Highlander Battalion, combining students from Presbyterian College, Newberry College, and Lander University, has been commissioning professional Army officers for over 87 years. This ROTC program has produced 17 General Officers and one Medal of Honor winner, Major General George L. Mabry, Presbyterian College Class of 1940.