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The Rocky Top Battalion

General Neyland, former PMS of the Rocky Top BN

General Neyland, former PMS of the Rocky Top BN


Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. For years, Army ROTC has been creating leaders who go on to rewarding careers in the military and civilian worlds. Here are just a few benefits a student can gain by enrolling in Army ROTC at the University of Tennessee:

  • High-level leadership, management, and communications training
  • Problem-solving and strategic skills development
  • Scholarships
  • Monthly living allowances
  • Entry into the US Army as an officer, either on active duty or in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard

The military program at the University of Tennessee predates that of any other state university in the country. In 1844, Professor Albert Miller Lea, a West Point graduate, organized an Infantry Company, and a uniform for the cadets was adopted. This Dragoon uniform soon became quite famous. While Tennessee had been the Volunteer State since the War of 1812, when Andrew Jackson brought 1,500 volunteers intending to fight in the Battle of New Orleans (who never actually got to participate in the battle), it wasn’t until the Mexican-American War that the name really took hold. When Tennessee Governor Aaron Brown issued a call for 2,800 troops to fight in the war, 30,000 Tennesseans volunteered, including UT’s Dragoons. Their uniform, only slightly modified, is still worn today by the color guard at home football games.

General Neyland’s Maxim #2: “Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way — SCORE.”

Start making your breaks today by enrolling in the UT Army ROTC.