The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
and Military Science
The headquarters of the Southern Guards Battalion is at Wofford College. The Battalion includes cadets from USC Upstate, Wofford College, and Converse College.
Regardless of your career plans, Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the smartest college courses you can take. It offers you the confidence, self-discipline and leadership skills necessary for you to succeed in college and to be competitive in the job market. ROTC is an elective course that provides a combination of academics and important hands-on training.
Throughout ROTC, you’ll be offered physical and mental challenges geared to help you succeed in life. You will learn teamwork and be given responsibilities, like teaching younger cadets the same skills you have learned. You will also have the opportunity to learn land navigation skills, operations and tactics, drill and ceremony and first aid. In addition, you will be able to participate in exciting activities like paintball competitions, rappelling and orienteering.
For its many benefits, Army ROTC requires only a few hours a week, so it won’t interfere with your required college curriculum or social life. In fact, you’ll find ROTC a great place to form lasting friendships with other local college students and cadets from across the nation.
ROTC combines classroom instruction and practical training. Half of the classroom instruction incorporates a variety of subjects, including principles of management, leadership development, national defense and military history. The other half focuses on military skills. Some of the useful skills you will learn are land navigation, operations and tactics, drill and ceremony and first aid. Reserve Officers' Training Corps uses this curriculum to prepare cadets to become officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve and National Guard.
Army ROTC offers you the self-discipline, confidence and leadership skills necessary for you to be successful in your career. These skills will allow you a successful college career and give you the necessary skills to compete in the job market. The ROTC department also offers scholarships and other significant financial incentives.
Army ROTC involves a two-year no-obligation enrollment. As a freshman, you will take military science courses on military skills such as map reading, land navigation and other military topics. This involves one course per semester.