Following the establishment of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1916 by the National Defense Act, ROTC began at Georgia Tech in 1917. Participation in the ROTC basic course was initially required for graduation. While the original authorization for ROTC at Georgia Tech specified a Signal Corps and Coast Artillery Unit, the first affiliation was with the Infantry. Today’s Cadets are commissioned into all branches. In May of 1918, the first ROTC camp was established at Plattsburg, New York. In the summer of 1918, the Student Army Training Corps (SATC) was created. The program allowed students to attend the college of their choice and enlist as a regular member of any branch concurrently. Under this program, academics took a secondary role to military training. The War Department abolished the SATC program at the end of World War I leaving ROTC intact.
Over 7000 lieutenants have received their commission from the Stinger Battalion. Many alumni have served in every campaign from World War I to recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. While Georgia Tech is the host institution for the battalion and the location of its headquarters, students at other distinguished colleges and universities participate in the Army ROTC here though cross-enrollment agreements.
Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) is the host school for four other partner and affiliate schools in the local area. Students attending Emory University and Agnes Scott College must be cross-enrolled in military science electives at Georgia Tech in order to participate in the ROTC program. Students attending the Marietta campus of Kennesaw State University (KSU) must be cross-enrolled in military science electives at the Kennesaw campus of our partner school Kennesaw State University (KSU). Both Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State ROTC programs combine to make up the Stinger Battalion hosted at Georgia Tech.
The Stinger Battalion is currently organized into two companies:
Yellow Jacket Company: The Yellow Jacket Company consists of Georgia Tech, Emory University, and Agnes Scott College
Owl Company: The Owl Company consists of the Kennesaw and Marietta Campuses of Kennesaw State University