The Tarleton Corps strives to provide the best and most rewarding opportunities for students. We pride ourselves on the experiences our cadets gain in their time with us and the connections those experiences bring once they are alumni.
The Corps promotes and enhances the scholastic performance of all Corps members by providing one of the most successful academic support programs on campus. The program includes an academic coach, dedicated to Cadets.
Character and Leadership
The Texan Corps of Cadets is designed to promote student success and for Tarleton student-Cadets to become critical thinkers, communicators, problem solvers, and team builders. The Corps affords undergraduate students an opportunity to complete a minor in Leadership Studies. The 18-hour curriculum is only open to members of the Corps. A minor in Leadership Studies is awarded through the academic coursework and satisfactory completion of leadership progression within the Corps.
The Corps of Cadets is designed to teach and develop certain personal characteristics, traits, techniques, and performance capabilities. The focus of the Corps to develop in each cadet, the value of teamwork and to embody the core values of Integrity, Leadership, Tradition, Civility, Excellence, and Service. Cadets are also encouraged to participate in service-related projects to better the University and local community.
Cadets are also encouraged to participate in service-related projects to better the University and local community.
Scholarships are available for members of the Corps of Cadets. Corps scholarships carry no military obligation, and are awarded based on both merit and need. Military related scholarships are also provided by Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs. Learn more about Corps scholarships and financial aid.
The purpose of the Corps physical training is to improve and maintain the overall level of physical fitness, strength, and endurance of every Cadet. Along with physical fitness training, a healthy diet and control of physical weight will go a long way toward helping Cadets learn to live a healthy lifestyle.
To promote physical conditioning and a positive lifestyle, the Corps provides an athletic trainer to augment physical training, assisting with both injury recovery and performance enhancement.
The Corps of Cadets offers access to internships with both academic and experiential learning programs to prepare Cadets with marketable leadership skills and character traits valued by businesses, the government, and the military. Cadets who plan to pursue an active duty commission in the U.S. Military, including Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, are able to apply to the traditional Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, as a member of the Corps.
Tarleton has maintained a military tradition since its earliest days. When John Tarleton Agricultural College became a part of the Texas A&M System in 1917, it automatically became an institution of military training.
Friendship and Challenges
Corps organized activities are designed to enhance tabulating, resulting in pride, camaraderie and lifelong friendships. Cadet lifestyle is a highly structured program that is physically and mentally rigorous. The Corps of Cadets is designed to teach and develop certain personal characteristics, traits, techniques, and performance capabilities and will provide Tarleton graduates a distinct, competitive advantage in the job market.
Ranger Challenge is a nation-wide Army ROTC competition that involves tough, challenging events designed to test military field skills and marksmanship proficiency as well as the physical endurance of its participants. It is the “varsity sport” of Army ROTC. The Texan team trains year-round and competes in regional and national competitions.
Wainwright Rifles Drill Team
The Wainwright Rifles Drill Team was established at Tarleton in 1949. Cadets who comprise this unit train year-round and compete in precision drill competitions each year.
The Color Guard
The Color Guard is a group of volunteer Cadets who represent Tarleton State University and the Texan Corps of Cadets at parades, reviews, special events, and as requested. The commander is a senior Cadet advised by a commissioned officer or non-commissioned officer.