Alcorn State University
Cadets build their confidence by participating in confidence building obstacles.

Obstacle Course

Cadets build their confidence by participating in confidence building obstacles.


ROTC comes to Alcorn.  Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi was authorized to establish an Army ROTC unit in January 1971. Lieutenant Colonel Charles D. Randal and Sergeant First Class Deloy Wade arrived on campus 5 April 1971 as the first assigned cadre with the mission to initiate the program.   By 31 August 1971, a full staff (4 officers and 4 enlisted) was assigned to Alcorn State University


The first students were formally enrolled in the program during the September 1971 registration period.  Initial cadet enrollment was 231 (229 men and two females). Several organizations were established which became a viable recruiting tool: the ROTC Drill Team, The National Honorary Society of Pershing Rifles Fraternity along with their Drill Team, the ROTC Band and the ROTC Variety Choir.  During March 1972, ten cadets were awarded ROTC scholarships for the 1972 and 1973 school year.


Cadet enrollment increased to 360.  The Department of the Army authorized a cross-enrollment program between Utica Junior College and Alcorn State University in March 1973.

2006- Present

LTC Caesar D. Cobb Infantry, a graduate of Alcorn State University in 1987 with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Arts Education and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education (Administration). He has also attended Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Mortar Platoon Leader’s Course, and Airborne School. In July 2006 LTC Cobb assumed the duties as Professor of Military Science at Alcorn State University where he sent 14 cadets to LDAC and Commissioned 4 Cadets in to the United States Army.