Battalion History

The East Carolina University ROTC department was started in 1983 as a partnership school with North Carolina State University. In 1997 the Pirate Battalion became an independent program. The size of the program has varied over the years and currently has 129 cadets enrolled. 365 officers have been commissioned from the East Carolina University Army ROTC program over the 30 year history of the battalion. Distinguished graduates of the of the Pirate Battalion have commanded battalions in combat and have risen to the rank of colonel. Challenging training remains a cornerstone of the Pirate Battalion Leadership Development process. Our cadets routinely place highly in the annual Brigade Ranger Challenge competition and the Battalion Army Ten-Miler Team has placed as high as third in the ROTC team division. The Pirate Battalion has also conducted the German Proficiency Badge Qualification. 67 Cadets earned a German Proficiency Badge in 2012 and 2013. Over the past 5 years, the Pirate Battalion has raised over $32,000 in the Annual 5 mile Patriot Run. The Pirate Battalion receives outstanding support and endorsement from the East Carolina University. Our mission remains to commission future officer leadership of the US Army and to prepare our graduates for excellence in all endeavors.

Our program currently has 129 Cadets (110 men, 19 women) Our most popular major is Criminal Justice along with Nursing, Political Science, Biology, Business and Sports Exercise are majors in the fields of health and human performance.

Our mission remains to commission the future officer leadership of the US Army and motivate young people to be better citizens. The East Carolina University Army ROTC-Pirate Battalion will continue to strive in the development of our cadets to become better citizens.

Current as of Friday, November 6, 2015