Army — ROTC

Clubs and Activities

Ranger Club

Open to all Clemson University students, no ROTC affiliation required.

  • The Clemson Rangers is an all-volunteer unit that is affiliated with the Army ROTC. The purpose of the club is to challenge students physically and academically, promote self-confidence, increase leadership capability, increase military knowledge, and promote overall professionalism and integrity. Some activities and benefits of the Clemson Rangers include:
a. Leadership Training
b. Discipline Training
c. Physical Fitness Enhancement
d. Time Management Skills
e. Team Camaraderie Development
f. Rappelling
g. Weapons Safety and Firing
h Small Unit Infantry Tactics / CQB
i. Combat Survival Training
  • The club meets biweekly in the mornings for physical fitness training, bimonthly for administration meetings, and as scheduled for field training exercises at Clemson area training sites and other military installations.
  • Membership in the club is attained by completing a (3) three-week indoctrination phase followed by a series of tests concentrating on physical fitness and specific military knowledge. During the indoctrination phase, those prospective members are instructed and trained in areas of physical development and knowledge acquisition.

If you are interested, feel free to e-mail the club.

Pershing Rifles

Open to all students at Clemson University.

“The purpose of Pershing Rifles is to foster a spirit of friendship and cooperation among the men in the military department and maintain a highly efficient drill company.” –as stated by General John Joseph Pershing.

  • Chartered March 19, 1946, Company C-4 has a long tradition of excellence. Most recently this includes National Drill meet Champion in 2008 & 2009. Performing at functions throughout the Nation, the drill team and color guard have distinguished themselves.
  • Members distinguish themselves in drill and ceremonies, Rifle Drill and Color Guard.
  • Over the years since 1939, Company C-4 has established an unparalleled record of achievement. Each past company has contributed to the reputation and success of the unit- as will each successive unit. Although small in number, Company C-4 will always continue to strive for excellence in all it does.

If you are interested, feel free to e-mail the club.

Pershing Roses

Open to all Clemson/Tri-County Tech Students

  • Purpose: The purpose of the Pershing Roses is to foster a spirit of friendship and cooperation among individuals affiliated with Company C-4 of the National Society of Pershing Rifles, and to maintain a service oriented society through the vision of General John Joseph Pershing.”
  • The Pershing Roses is an organization, specifically dedicated to providing services to local military members and Clemson veterans. Service projects will be concentrated on serving local veterans and servicemen/women in the Clemson community who have served overseas or are currently serving in the US Military. Pershing Roses will serve the community by helping those that have served our country.
  • Service projects include: Military care packages, donations to local VA Hospitals, volunteering at local USO events, etc.
  • Entry Requirements: Be a current, registered student in good standing at Clemson or Tri-County Technical College, pass the Pershing Rifles History Test, and complete a unique 4-week service project with other new Pershing Rose members oriented toward helping local veterans.

Tiger Platoon

Open to all University students, Army and Air Force ROTC.

  • Purpose: Provide an opportunity to all students interested in practicing drill and ceremonies.
  • The first Clemson A&M College Fancy Drill Platoon was organized in the spring of 1929 by Cadet Frank Burdick Farr, class of 1930. The Citadel had a drill platoon that competed at ROTC summer camp with platoons from other schools. Farr’s brother, a Citadel cadet, told him that the only way to settle the argument on who was best was for Clemson to organize a platoon and compete with the Citadel Platoon at camp.
  • In the spring of 1929, Cadet Farr was the highest-ranking junior Cadet at Clemson. He called for members of the junior class to try out for the platoon and about 150 reported for the competition. The platoon consisted of five squads of eight men each, two guides, a leader, and an alternate squad of eight men. Fifty-one members were chosen by competitive drills. At ROTC camp in the summer of 1929, the drill platoons of all fourth Corps area schools competed. The Clemson Platoon won the area championship. The purpose of the platoon was accomplished. However, instead of disbanding, the members decided to remain organized and put on exhibition drills.
  • Clemson’s Senior Platoon had the enviable reputation of being the only one of its kind in the United States. During the early 30s, the platoon was referred to as The Fancy Prize Drill Platoon or the Junior Platoon. In 1934, the name Clemson Senior Platoon was adopted.
  • In 1960, the Clemson Senior Platoon was deactivated and reactivated in the fall of 2000.

If you are interested, feel free to e-mail the club.

Scabbard and Blade

Open to Army and Air Force ROTC cadets by invitation.

  • The Scabbard and Blade organization represents the highest military fraternity at Clemson University. The purpose of this organization is to promote interest in the military and to promote a closer relationship between the students and the military departments. Membership in Scabbard and Blade is open to a select number of Army and Air Force cadets not to exceed the top 10% of the Corps of Cadets. New members are selected by active individual qualities of leadership ability and exemplary character.
  • K Company’s core of activities revolves around the professional development of its members, the Clemson Corps, and Cadets. Our activities range from hosting speaking engagements featuring military professionals from all services and ranks as well as political and defense specialists. We are the keepers of the History of the Clemson Corps at Clemson University. We provide watch over all the historical monuments that are dedicated to the cadets that have passed through the pillars of excellence into the Armed Forced of the United States.
  • Each year K-Co sponsors the annual Clemson University Scabbard and Blade Military Ball. This evening of formal dinner and dance is held in the spring of each school year.

If you are interested, feel free to e-mail the club.

Marksmanship Club

Open to all Clemson University/Tri-County Technical College students

  • Purpose: To train Cadets and Students in proper gun control, gun safety, and firearm care. The club will also stress tactics and tactical leadership.
  • Entry Requirements: Be a current registered student in good standing from Clemson University or TCTC, Pass the safety test and the basic marksmanship test, and complete the 4 week training period in order to learn all the skills required to become a marksman.
  • The four-week training period consists of Physical Training, Class Instruction, a M16 breakdown test, as well as a written test.

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