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ROTC in the post-Vietnam era

ROTC remained active at Wofford in the years after Vietnam, though with noticeably fewer students taking part in the program in the 1970s and 1980s.  The program expanded beyond the Wofford campus, with students at Spartanburg Methodist College beginning to participate in 1970. Later, Converse College, USC-Spartanburg (now USC-Upstate) and Limestone College joined the cross-enrollment program.  Women also began to participate in 1973.  The battalion’s headquarters moved around campus, from the old ROTC Building (a former Wofford Fitting School building near the current Papadopoulos Building) to Snyder House and eventually to the Daniel Building.  The battalion remained a visible presence on campus, presenting the colors at athletic events, offering Interim projects, and on lab days, wearing their uniforms. 

Training exercises, 1973-74, from the ROTC scrapbooks
Training exercises, 1973-74, from the ROTC scrapbooks
Training exercises, 1973-74, from the ROTC scrapbooks
Training exercises, 1973-74, from the ROTC scrapbooks
Training exercises, 1973, from the ROTC scrapbooks

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.

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