The mission of the NCSU Department of Military Science is to train college men and women to become commissioned officers in the United States Army, Army National Guard, and United States Army Reserve in addition to motivating young men and women through caring leadership and positive influence to be better citizens for life-long service to the community. The NCSU U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program consists of a voluntary two-year basic course (Freshman and Sophomore- NO MILITARY OBLIGATION) and a two-year advanced course (Junior and Senior), which includes a four-week summer training exercise prior to the final year. Service veterans are eligible for academic credit (8 hours) and placement in to the advanced course if they are classified as academic juniors.

Army ROTC is an educational program combining college electives in military science with practical leadership training to prepare men and women to become U. S. Army officers. Traditionally, Army ROTC is a four-year program with the first two years of the program comprising the Basic Course. There is also a special program for juniors and graduate students who did not take Army ROTC during their first two years of college. To enter the two-year program, a student must first participate in a five-week basic leadership instruction course.  After successfully completing this course, students may qualify to join ROTC as an Advanced Course Cadet. The Advanced Course will impart valuable experience in leadership development, military history, time management, and military customs and courtesies.

ROTC training goes beyond the typical college classroom in that students will not only learn skills one would expect to find in an Army officer including how to motivate co-workers, cope with the unexpected and organize large, complex tasks, but they will also learn skills such as teamwork, tact, and effective communication which are in demand in both the civilian and business world.

Army ROTC awards scholarships to many qualified students based strictly on merit to the most outstanding students. Army ROTC Advanced Course receive a tax-free stipend of $420 per month. Scholarship students receive tuition & fees, the monthly stipend, and additional funding of approximately $1200 each school year for books. Students entering the Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of military service, with either Active Duty, Army Reserve or Army National Guard upon graduation. Students successfully completing the ROTC course will graduate with a diploma and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.


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Wolfpack Battalion History


The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic (A&M) Arts, known as North Carolina State University (NCSU) since 1965, opened its doors to students in October 1889.  Historically, NCSU’s relationship with the armed forces has been intimate with at least three university Presidents serving in the Armed Forces. Alexander Quarles Holladay, the first President of the North Carolina College of A&M served as a Colonel in the Confederate Army.  The second President of NCSU, George T. Winston, was a naval officer and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  The ninth President, John Caldwell also served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II.

NCSU is a land grant institution established under the Morrill Act of 1862.  In 1894, North Carolina College of A&M established Military Science and welcomed the first Professor of Military Science. North Carolina College of A&M required all male students to participate in Military Science until the policy changed in 1965.  On 10 November 1964, the Faculty Senate decided that ROTC participation would be voluntary.  The university hosts Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marine ROTC programs which are located in the William Neal Reynolds Coliseum in the heart of the main campus.

The NCSU Army ROTC program was officially formed in the fall of 1917.  After the United States declared war on Germany, students flushed with patriotism accepted the Army ROTC unit with enthusiasm.  Eventually, over half of the junior and senior class joined military service.  From 1917 to 1942, more than 14,600 students received military training in the NCSU Army ROTC program.  During the past 90 years, the NCSU’s Army ROTC program has produced over 2,500 Army officers.  Twenty-four of NCSU’s Army ROTC graduates reached the rank of Brigadier General or higher.