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World War I and the Student Army Training Corps

Written By: Phillip Stone - Mar• 25•20

American entry into World War I in April 1917 saw the Army begin to scramble to find enough trained officers.  Many Wofford students and alumni entered military service directly, and President Henry Nelson Snyder put the college on a more military footing as soon as the United States entered the war.  In 1918, the college organized the student body into a Student Army Training Corps to provide military training to almost every student.  The SATC dominated life on campus through the remainder of World War I.  When the war ended, the student body quickly reverted to civilian control.  The success of the SATC set the stage for the creation of ROTC in 1919.   

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