Military Science (Army ROTC)

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps allows students to compete for up to a four-year full scholarship based on their own merit. Graduates enter service in the active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserves as a leader from day one.


LTC Matthew Slyder

Meet LTC Matthew Slyder

Lt. Col. Matt Slyder, professor of military science and chair of the Military Science Department, assumed command of the Southern Guards ROTC Battalion for Wofford College in July 2021. Lt. Col. Slyder is an Engineer Officer with over 24 years of Army service, including two deployments to Iraq and 33 awards for service. His holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in geological engineering, and he is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Lt. Col. Slyder is eager to teach 5-domain fitness to future officers as an Army Master Fitness Trainer and CrossFit Level 2 Trainer.

Elizabeth Thomas ’21

Meet Elizabeth Thomas ’21

Elizabeth Thomas was a Distinguished Military Graduate in the top 20% of cadets across the nation. She majored in sociology and anthropology. While at Wofford, Thomas was a recipient of Wofford’s Army ROTC merit scholarship. After graduation, she commissioned into the U.S. Army Adjutant General Corps as a second lieutenant on active duty. Thomas also was the founding president of the Kappa chapter of Mu Beta Psi, a music service fraternity.

Training or special leadership opportunities available through the Army Officer Training Corps:

Basic Course
Cadet Initial Entry Training
Advanced Course
Cadet Leadership Course
Leadership Lab
Physical Training
Ranger Challenge
Airborne School
Air Assault School
Cadet Troop Leadership Training
Color Guard

Who joins ARMY ROTC:

Adventure seekers
Campus leaders
College-bowl team members
Eagle Scouts or Gold awardees
First-generation college students
Foreign language majors
Members of Greek-letter organizations
People who want to make a difference
Students studying Pre-Law
Students studying Pre-Med
Students who love to travel