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ROTC in the 1920s

The 1920s saw ROTC take root on the campus.  In the 1924-25 academic year, 37 seniors, 65 juniors, 63 sophomores, and 114 freshmen were on the ROTC roster.  The course of study continued to be split between a two year basic course and a two year advanced course.  Between their junior and senior year, students were expected to attend a summer camp at Fort McClellan, Alabama.  Three Army captains and a staff sergeant were responsible for leading ROTC at Wofford. 

Over their four year course, students learned military courtesy and discipline, hygiene and first aid, drill and command, marksmanship, and scouting and patrolling in their first year, musketry, drill and command, automatic rifle, scouting and patrolling and combat principles in their second year.  During the advanced course, juniors learned map reading, military sketching, drill and command, machine guns, mortars, and combat principles at the platoon level.  Seniors studied military law and reserve regulations, military history and polity, administration, field engineering, and more advanced combat principles.

Company C of ROTC in 1925

By Phillip Stone

I've been the archivist of Wofford College and the South Carolina United Methodist since 1999. I'll be sharing college, Methodist, and local history, documents, photographs, and other interesting stories on this blog, which I've been keeping since December 2007.