NC A&T State University

AGGIE BATTALION HISTORY

The Land Grant or Morrill Act of 1862 and 1890 provided for military training at state colleges in return for federally controlled lands andfunds.  The concept of military training on North Carolina A&T campus actually began in 1919 when the Department of the Army established an Infantry Branch of the Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University. 

LT Robert L. Campbell, holder of the Distinguished Service Cross, was appointed as the first Professor of Military Science (PMS) with Sergeant Wilburn Green as his assistant.  LT Campbell departed North CarolinaA&T State University in November of that year for other military services and the position was filled by a civilian.   Sergeant Green remained at the university until 1926, working with students.   In 1936, CPT Campbell returned to North Carolina A&T to serve as the PMS; once again the program was under military control and obtained a Junior ROTC designation and was identified as 55 Charlie.   ROTC remained a Junior unit until Sept 1942 when it received Senior status and was designated as a Branch Specific Unit(Infantry).   In 1947, eight second lieutenants were commissioned and branched Infantry.

 

  In 1954, the Branch Specific Unit (Infantry) was converted to a General Military Science (GMS) unit.   At the discretion of the university, ROTC became an elective course in September 1968.   The ROTC unit at North Carolina A&T State University is currently designated as First ROTC Region Instructor Group, Senior Division, and branch affiliated with the Transportation Corps.

 

  Since inception, the University’s Army ROTC program has become a partnership in Nursing School.   It has also expanded its program to bring students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bennett College, Elon University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, and High Point College.