University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cadets with a fear of heights will learn to confront and conquer these fears, among others. Safety is always the number one priority in training. Safety mats and nets are used to minimize risks.

Cadets negotiate an obstacle at the beginning of an Air Assault style obstacle course.

Cadets with a fear of heights will learn to confront and conquer these fears, among others. Safety is always the number one priority in training. Safety mats and nets are used to minimize risks.

Army ROTC at UNC-Charlotte Over the Years...

The 49er Battalion's history can be traced to its creation at Davidson College, where it was know then as the " Carolina Foothills" ROTC Battalion. In 1917, the year the United States entered World War I, Captain J. W. Lea, a temporary military instructor from the The Citadel, was assigned to Davidson College with the mission of organizing, drilling, and training infantry tactics to a group of student volunteers. This organization took a more formal structure in October 1918 when the Student Army Training Corps (SATC) was officially inaugurated.

With the first world conflict coming to a close, the Davidson College Board of Trustees decided to permanently integrate Military Science into the institution's curriculum with the establishment of a Reserve Officer's Training Corps program. On 1 April 1919 LTC A.H. Mueller, the battalion's first professor of military science, officially opened the program, offering classes on military tactics to Davidson students.

In the 1920's the ROTC program grew rapidly, reaching more than four hundred cadets in the Basic Course alone. A strong showing of student support, combined with a series of national accolades, convinced the Board of Trustees to keep ROTC in the curriculum, despite growing sentiment among the faculty and alumni that the military principles taught in ROTC conflicted with the Christian ideals espoused by the school. In 1968 the Board of trustees made the mandatory Basic Course a voluntary elective-a change which cut the military science enrollment to a fraction of its previous size.

In 1981 the first fulltime detachment with full cadet cadre was established at UNCC.  Previously cadets would make the long drive up to Davidson to participate in ROTC.  Cadet Cadre at UNCC trained junior cadets in preparation for Advanced Camp.  During the this time cadets were often seen at many exhibitions and displays around campus, even rapelling off the Colvard and Kennedy Buildings educating the campus about the purpose of ROTC.

In 1996, The " Carolina Foothills" Battalion relocated to its current location at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in order to more effectively reach the growing consortium collegiate market in the Piedmont region.

In 2002, the " Carolina Foothills" ROTC Battalion formally changed its name to the " 49er Battalion" . The name change was one of several leadership initiatives taken to firmly establish the battalion's new home and enhance the working relationship with the university. The UNCC " 49er Battalion" is host to satellite programs in several colleges and universities in a 100+ square mile area of the Piedmont.

Today the 49er Battalion consists of students from the following schools:

UNC Charlotte, Belmont Abbey College, Davidson College, Winthrop University, Gardner-Webb University, Queens University, Johnson C. Smith University, Wingate University, Pfeiffer University, Livingstone College, Catawba College, Central Piedmont Community College.