The purpose of the National Society of Pershing Rifles is to develop, to the highest degree possible, outstanding traits of leadership, military science, military bearing, and discipline within the framework of a military oriented, honorary fraternity." -- General of the Armies, John J. Pershing
This is the mission statement of the National Society of Pershing Rifles, as stated by it's founder, General of the Armies of the United States John J. Pershing. The Society was first formed as Company A at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1891 and which has grown to include numerous universities between the East Coast and the Midwest.
History & Mission
The Pershing Rifles Society began as an elite drill team known as "Company A", formed by General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing (then a Second Lieutenant). The Company won a competition in Omaha in 1892 and in 1893, renamed itself the "Varsity Rifles". In 1894, out of respect for its founder, it was again renamed to "Pershing Rifles". The company flourished, even after the departure of Lieutenant Pershing from Nebraska. Following its hieght of activity in 1911, the society began to decline, officially disbanding in 1917. In 1920, however, Pershing Rifles was reborn at the University of Nebraska, and in 1925 accepted the first outside company - The President's Guard of Ohio State University. This laid the foundations for what the Pershing Rifles Society has become today - a national organization that is committed to:
A. Aiding in the development of successful officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
B. Fostering camaraderie and esprit de corps among all three Reserve Officers Training Corps programs.
C. Furthering the purpose, traditions, and concepts of the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force.
D. Giving civilians an opportunity to be part of a military organization without a formal commitment to the military.
Appalachian's chapter of Pershing Rifles
The Pershing Rifles Company at Appalachian State (Company M, 4th Regiment), was organized and chartered in 1969. Previously, the company has also organized a drill competition for all the local high school JROTC programs in the region, as well as taking part in JROTC drill meets throughout the State. Closer to home, the company has conducted ceremonial duties at university and ROTC events, including home football games, parades, and ceremonies remembering September 11, 2001 and Veterans Day. Company M-4 has won thriteen National Titles.
For more information, please see the main website for the National Society of Pershing Rifles.