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Cadets and Cadre work together to plan and execute all training events. This mentoring helps cadets learn valuable skills to help them in their careers and ensures that all training takes cadets to new heights.

Cadets and Cadre working together to ensure the Bataan Battalion continues to reach for new heights.

Cadets and Cadre work together to plan and execute all training events. This mentoring helps cadets learn valuable skills to help them in their careers and ensures that all training takes cadets to new heights.

Army ROTC at NMSU has come a long way

Under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862, the Department of Military Science and Tactics was activated at New Mexico State during the 1902-03 school year.  The first PMS&T was Professor Alfred S. Frost, Major, U.S.Army, Retired (former Colonel, 1st South Dakota Infantry) who continued in this capacity until the school year 1904-05. 

The original Cadet Corps consisted of 36 cadets formed into a battalion of twocompanies.  Cadet Major William Pelphrey was Battalion Commander, Cadet Captain Earl A. Graham was Battalion Adjutant, and Cadet Sergeant Major Bolling Hall was Battalion Sergeant Major.

The first uniform was made of gray cloth, patterned after the West Point uniform.  The cost for blouse and trousers was $13.60, campaign hat $2.00, and white gloves $0.20 per pair.

Drill was conducted four days each week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:15 to 12:00, and ten lectures were given each year on military subjects.

Army ROTC at NMSU has always honored military veterans.

In 1989, with concurrence of the Corps of Cadets, the "Desperado Battalion"changed its name to the "Bataan Battalion" to pay tribute to the survivors of Bataan and serve as a living memorial. In addition,the salute greeting of "Remember Bataan"and reply "Always!!!"was adopted so the memory of those who died at Bataan would never be forgotten.The formal ceremony unveiling the new Bataan Battalion colors took place at Ft.Seldon, New Mexico, with surviving Death March veterans, NMSU President Halligan, the Corps of Cadets, and the State Lieutenant-Governor present.

NMSU Army ROTC created the Bataan Memorial Death March

The Bataan Battalion started the Bataan Memorial Death March.  The Cadet Class of 1988 started the event and the first March was held in April 1988. The march route started at the Horseshoe on the NMSU Campus and went to Baylor Canyon Pass on the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces, NM. In 1989, the March was moved to White Sands Missile Range and is a challenging 26.2 mile march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, N.M.  This memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.

Bataan Battalion cadets are making history.

With the United States deeply involved in the war on terror against those who wish to change the way we live, Army lieutenants coming out of NMSU are on the front lines in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world protecting freedom and our way of life.