About Us


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 UNC Tar Heel Battalion Army ROTC we are looking for twenty to thirty people a year who are willing to serve their country as a leader and officer in the Army. We have about fifty students active in our program at any given time.  Our Cadets pursue any major they select at Carolina while in the ROTC Program – a path which will lead them to a commission as a Lieutenant in the US Army, US Army Reserve, or National Guard upon graduation.  We have a wide variety of majors in the program, including Psychology; History; Peace, War and Defense; Chinese; Arabic; Nursing; Business; Computer Science; Communications; and Law. We have both undergraduate and graduate students in the program.  Many of the Tar Heel Cadets are also active in campus activities and organizations, such as student government, fraternities/sororities, club sports teams, and the Daily Tar Heel student newspaper.

The Army ROTC program, in addition to providing a basic foundation in military subjects, is designed to develop the highest qualities of leadership, character, and citizenship through the wide variety of extracurricular activities it sponsors. Such activities include the Color Guard, Field Training Exercises, challenging Physical Training, social events, Ranger Challenge, and intramural athletic teams. We attempt to have our program mirror the diversity of the university in terms of race and gender.

This is a four year, 18 academic hour program. However, we have alternate methods where current Carolina Freshmen, Sophomores, and even some Juniors that can be completed in only two years. All of our ROTC courses can be counted as elective credit for any undergraduate degree.


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.