About Us


Some members of the Color Guard. From left to right: Andrew Romza, Niles Clarke, Ben Pendleton, Connor Lewis, Brady Miller, Connor Leech
Some members of the Color Guard. From left to right: Andrew Romza, Niles Clarke, Ben Pendleton, Connor Lewis, Brady Miller, Connor Leech


    To educate, train, and inspire Cadets of the Tar Heel Battalion so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character, committed to the Army values and prepared to serve successfully as an officer in the United States Army.


    At the UNC Army ROTC Tar Heel Battalion , Cadets pursue a bachelors, masters, or PHD in any major/field they select at Carolina —a path which can lead to becoming an Army Doctor, Dentist, Ophthalmologist, Nurse, Attorney, or basic branch officer.

    The end of this portion of your academic career results in the receipt of your degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, US Army Reserve, or National Guard. The Army ROTC, in addition to providing a basic foundation in military subjects and fundamentals of Soldier skills, is designed to develop the highest qualities of leadership, character, and citizenship through the wide variety of extracurricular activities it sponsors.

    Some activities include Color Guard, field training exercises, challenging physical training, social events, Ranger Challenge, and intramural athletics. There are several intensive and rewarding training schools available via Army ROTC such as Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare, Mountain Warfare, and Combat Diver. During the summer there are also foreign language and cultural programs to participate in: Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP), Project Global Officer (GO), and Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).


    In 1993, COL William Causey, 1968 UNC graduate and commander of the Carolina Army ROTC Brigade, pushed to upgrade the UNC-Chapel Hill Army ROTC program from cross-enrollment status to extension center status.  In spring 1994, the Army approved the upgrade, making UNC-Chapel Hill’s ROTC program the Army’s only new ROTC program in the nation for that year.

    On March 22, 1995, UNC officially became an extension center of Army ROTC.  By August 1995, Cadet enrollment at Chapel Hill was larger than Cadet enrollment at either Duke or NCCU, and that summer, among the 16 programs in the Carolina Brigade, Chapel Hill Cadets attained the highest composite averages in leadership and military proficiency.

    In spring 1997, LTC James Rhoads, Extension Center OIC at UNC-Chapel Hill, applied to upgrade the Army ROTC program from Extension Center status to Host status.  The young program was doing very well; in 1997 it won the prestigious Douglas MacArthur Award for being the most outstanding Army ROTC program in the nation (small program category).  Effective 1 September 1997, the Army formally approved UNC’s upgrade to Host status.  UNC won the Douglas MacArthur award again in 1999 and 2003.