University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

ROTC Golden Lion Cadets Color Guard march in the Homecoming Parade. Cadets are (left to right) Bennett, Mays, Strong, Merriwether and Nard.

The cadet battalion is under the direct supervision of the Professor of Military Science (PMS) and his representative, the commandant of cadets. All policies, procedures, plans, and activities will be coordinated with the commandant of cadets.

The commandant of cadets is a commissioned officer of the Military Science Department, appointed by the PMS. He monitors and supervises all cadet activities when the cadet chain of command is operational. Cadet activities include; planning and conducting leadership labs, writing and revising portions of the cadet handbook, cadet athletic activities, social events, and field training exercises.

The commandant works with the cadet battalion commander and his staff in implementing cadet activities as directed by the PMS. He is a cadet evaluator. His evaluations are based on leadership lab attendance and performance,extracurricular activity participation and overall performance within the cadet battalion.

The commandant is the link between the Military Science Department and the cadet organization and advises the PMS on issues relative to the functioning ofthe cadet battalion.

The "Golden Lion" Battalion is commanded by a cadet lieutenant colonel who is selected by the PMS, based upon input received from the Military Science Department staff and the results from the ROTC Advanced Camp. Of major consideration in the selection process is the amount of time which an MS IV cadet can devote to fulfilling his responsibilities as the cadet commander. Therefore, a student's overall grade point average, whether he works, and if so how many hours, and his willingness to be in the department are important considerations.

The battalion executive officer, battalion S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4, S-5, command sergeant major, and company commander(s) are appointed by the PMS and serve as the staff and control elements for the cadet battalion commander. The staff isan aid to command. When functioning properly, it relieves the commander of time-consuming details by providing him with basic information and sound recommendations upon which to make decisions. The staff develops command decisions into plans, translates the plans into orders, and then transmits the orders to subordinate commanders for execution. Members of the staff keep the commander informed of everything he ought to know and assist him in supervising the execution of cadet activities. The staff also serves as assistants to the military science cadre, particularly in supply and training operations.

WHY I JOINED ROTC

Victoria Owens, Junior

I joined ROTC because it is the only college course with benefits and perks. I was in JROTC for four years in High School, and when I got to college Iimmediately enrolled in ROTC. I felt like if I didn’t enroll then I would bewasting four years of valuable knowledge that I gained in JROTC, so I cashed in those four years and enrolled in ROTC.

The benefits and perks that I’m talking about may seem small to you but I value them dearly. I benefit from Physical Training because it gets my physique“fine” for the beach (this Spring Break), and keeps me healthy. I also benefit from the fact that I can call any of the cadre about anything, anytime of the day or night, this is something that no other professor does for me. The other cadets are always there for me and let us not forget the countless supplies(food, equipment) that are provided by ROTC when we go to the field to train.The benefit that I value the most is how ROTC is molding me for my future career, and making me the best in all of my classes, which will result in me being the most qualified person for any job that I pursue.

Nastassia Ireland, Junior

I wanted to pursue my military career in a little more depth and stay in school the same time. Also I could take advantage of the Simultaneous Membership Program that would give me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills that will some day help me to become an officer in the United States Army.

Deidra Williams, Senior

My goals in life are to graduate and become an Army Officer. I would alsolike to further my education and become a teacher. Army ROTC has given me the discipline and the leadership skills that I need in order to be successful in my career choices.

Yolanda Gray, Senior

I joined ROTC because I wanted to develop good leadership skills, become a good Army Officer, and to continue on in life and become an effective leader.

Kenneth Ferguson, Senior

I joined ROTC because I wanted to gain the opportunity of enhancing my leadership skills. I also wanted to increase my chances of furthering myself asan individual in my career in the United States Army. Participating in ROTC has changed me in a tremendous manner because the knowledge and managerial skills Ihave learned will aid me in fulfilling my career goals.

Howard Joseph, Senior

I joined ROTC because I wanted to have a future in the U.S. Army and I also wanted to develop my leadership skills. ROTC is a great program and I would recommend it to anyone. Besides the scholarships offered and stipends paid, the physical fitness portion keeps you in good health and does so by having funwith it. If you’re looking for a promising career you should join the ROTC program.