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Creator Military Science (WKU)
Title UA64. College of Education & Behavioral Sciences Series 25 Military Science Subseries 4. Student Organizations
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1937
Description Unprocessed records by and about Military Science student organizations.

1. Pershing Rifles
2. Rebelettes
3. 321st Detachment
4. ROTC
Special Forces Company
Red Knights


Admin / Biog History In September of 1964, Pershing Rifles Company B-3 initiated sponsorship of a female auxiliary organization known as the Rebelettes. This organization provided honorary sponsors for the ROTC cadet corps and established a female drill team to compete in organized drill meets against other universities. The Rebelette drill teams have been highly successful in exhibition drill competitions and were selected as the National Champions in 1967, 1973, and 1975. The famous Rebelette "Garter Salute" and silent drill routines highlight their excellence in drill and ceremonies and their contributions to the esprit de corps.

In 1964 "Western Kentucky State College" dedicate a new rifle range for use by the cadet corps. In 1968 the National Rifle Association would become the sponsor of the team and in 1979 the varsity rifle team would become affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association continuing the long history of excellence in marksmanship at Western.

Western's ROTC program added another extra curricular organization in October 1967 when the Special Forces Company was formed. Prospective members were challenged with an intensive pledge training program. Chartered to further military excellence in tactical skills, small unit leadership, physical fitness, and techniques of unconventional warfare, the organization provided an opportunity to apply classroom skills and knowledge to realistic training situations under arduous conditions in all types of terrain and increased tactical proficiency of the corps.

In August 1983 a difficult decision to retire the Pershing Rifles Company and Rebelette Auxiliary was made by the Professor of Military Science. Replacing these units was the Organization of the Red Knights. Although not affiliated with a National Association, the Red Knights continued the excellence in drill and ceremonies, presentation of the official colors, and demonstration of the highest standards of military bearing within the Corps of Cadets.

[History from http://rotc.wku.edu/history.htm website]
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Military Science (WKU)
Related Materials UA1C11.12 - Pershing Rifles Photograph Collection
Catalog Number UA64.25.4
Dates of Creation 1937-present
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions This record group is unprocessed and must be reviewed for potential restricted materials before access is granted. Please contact the WKU Archivist prior to your visit.
Parent ID UA64.25
Level of Description Subseries
Child Records Pershing Rifles
321st Detachment
Military Science (WKU)