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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 MilitaryScience and Tactics was activated at New Mexico State during the 1902-03 schoolyear.  The first PMS&T was Professor Alfred S. Frost, Major, U.S.Army, Retired (former Colonel, 1st South Dakota Infantry) who continued in thiscapacity 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, CadetCaptain Earl A. Graham was Battalion Adjutant, and Cadet Sergeant Major BollingHall was Battalion Sergeant Major.

The first uniform was made of gray cloth, patterned after the West Pointuniform.  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, andFriday from 11:15 to 12:00, and ten lectures were given each year on militarysubjects.

Under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862, the Department of MilitaryScience and Tactics was activated at New Mexico State during the 1902-03 schoolyear.  The first PMS&T was Professor Alfred S. Frost, Major, U.S.Army, Retired (former Colonel, 1st South Dakota Infantry) who continued in thiscapacity 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, CadetCaptain Earl A. Graham was Battalion Adjutant, and Cadet Sergeant Major BollingHall was Battalion Sergeant Major.

The first uniform was made of gray cloth, patterned after the West Pointuniform.  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, andFriday from 11:15 to 12:00, and ten lectures were given each year on militarysubjects.

Army ROTC at NMSU has always honored military veterans.

In 1989, with concurrence of the Corps of Cadets, the "DesperadoBattalion" changed its name to the "Bataan Battalion" to paytribute 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 PresidentHalligan, the Corps of Cadets, and the State Lieutenant-Governor present.

NMSU Army ROTC created the Bataan Memorial Death March

The Bataan Battalion started the BataanMemorial Death March.  The Cadet Class of 1988 started the event and thefirst March was held in April 1988. The march route started at the Horseshoe onthe NMSU Campus and went to Baylor Canyon Pass on the Organ Mountains east ofLas Cruces, NM. In 1989, the March was moved to White Sands Missile Range andis a challenging 26.2 mile march through the high desert terrain of White SandsMissile Range, N.M.  This memorial march is conducted in honor of theheroic 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 thosewho wish to change the way we live, Army lieutenants coming out of NMSU are onthe front lines in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world protectingfreedom and our way of life.