Georgia Institute of Technology

History of Army ROTC at Georgia Tech

Following the establishment of the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1916 bythe National Defense Act, ROTC began at Georgia Tech in 1917. Participation inthe ROTC basic course was initially required for graduation. While the originalauthorization for ROTC at Georgia Tech specified a Signal Corps and CoastArtillery Unit, the first affiliation was with the Infantry. Today's cadets arecommissioned into all branches. In May of 1918, the first ROTC camp wasestablished at Plattsburg, New york. In the summer of 1918, the Student ArmyTraining Corps (SATC) was created. The program allowed students to attend thecollege of their choice and enlist as a regular member of any branchconcurrently. Under this program, academics took a secondary role to militarytraining. The War Department abolished the SATC program at the end of World WarI leaving ROTC intact.

More than 7,000 lieutenants have received their commission from the YellowJacket Battalion, including two winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor.Alumni have served in every campaign from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, theCold War, and more recent operations including Desert Storm, Operation EnduringFreedom as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. While Georgia Tech is the hostinstitution for the battalion and the location of its headquarters, students atother distinguished colleges and universities are able to participate in ROTCthrough cross-enrollment agreements.

The Yellow Jacket Battalion is currently organized into two companies:

Alpha Company:Georgia Institute of Technology,Emory University,Agnes Scott College,DeVry University,Savannah College of Art& Design (Atlanta)

Charlie Company: KennesawState University,SouthernPolytechnic State University