The Army ROTC, Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), and Naval Science (Navy ROTC) programs have a long and proud tradition.
Serving in our nation’s military is a noble calling. The Military Science programs at the University of South Carolina have a long and proud tradition, dating back to the formation of the Lafayette Company in 1825 to honor the visit of General Lafayette to Columbia. A Reserve Officer Training Corps existed briefly on campus during World War I. Then, in 1940, a Navy ROTC unit was established on campus. The Air Force ROTC program was founded in 1949 and the Army ROTC was established in 1985.
The Military Science programs offer students a balance of academic and military education. Not only do students acquire technical and leadership skills, they will, at graduation, have the opportunity to become commissioned officers in their chosen branch of service.Want to challenge yourself physically? The Army ROTC program offers thrills through repelling and orienteering exercises as well as tactical “missions” – outdoor adventure training designed to improve your ability to solve problems under stress.
The Air Force ROTC Detachment 775 is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service. Students from any campus in the University of South Carolina system are eligible to participate. In addition, students from Benedict College, Claflin University, Midlands Technical College and South Carolina State University may enroll and eventually earn their commission in the U.S. Air Force.
The Navy ROTC unit, the Gamecock Battalion, has a rich history of dedicated service to our country and a national reputation for excellence. Men and women in this program become eligible to serve as officers in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. In addition, students interested in pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing may enter a Nurse Option program and go on to serve in the Navy Nurse Corps.