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Welcome to the Department
of Military Science

SFA provides leadership training in the form of basic military science courses that are open to all students.

Reserve Officer Training Corps gives cadets valuable academic, physical and leadership training and experience for future army and civilian careers. When cadets complete their ROTC courses, they receive a minor in military science and become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.


1Lt Kile G. West 5K & 10K Memorial Race - Registration

This unique 5K/10K walk, jog, run is in beautiful East Texas and is open to the public. The Race is held in memory of First Lieutenant Kile G. West, an SFA Alumni and SFA Army ROTC commissionee who was KIA on Memorial Day, May 28, 2007, in Iraq.

Lumberjack Battalion

The Lumberjack Battalion has numerous teams to join that increase volunteering opportunities and provide teamwork, cohesion and character growth.


  • For the first time in the program’s history, the SFA ROTC Ranger Challenge Team won first place at the 2019 Task Force Tomahawk Ranger Challenge Competition held at Ft. Hood, which led them to the Apache Brigade Head to Head Ranger Challenge at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma where the team placed second. The three-day competitions test the strength of ROTC programs from around the state and regions. Cadres complete a variety of physical and mental tasks, including combat casualty care, orienteering and more.

    SFA’s team earned a spot to compete in the Sandhurst Military Skills competition held in April at the United States Military Academy at West Point. There are 274 ROTC programs nationwide, and SFA’s ROTC program is one of 16 teams chosen to compete at Sandhurst. The team will also compete against teams from other countries, including Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom.

    Three members of the SFA ROTC Ranger Challenge Team participating in physical competitions

    Three members of the SFA ROTC Ranger Challenge Team

Support Military Science

The Department of Military Science provides scholarships for its cadets that covers tuition, books and housing costs. Your support helps ensure future soldiers can focus on being the best.

Training Facilities

Obstacle Course

Obstacle Course

Lumberjack Battalion's newest edition is an obstacle course. Designed and created to provide real Army physical training to cadets, the obstacle course provides opportunity to increase strength, endurance and stamina while increasing cohesion and team-building.


Experimental Forest/Emergency Operational Center

Experimental Forest/Emergency Operational Center

The Experimental Forest provides a real-life, rugged forest training environment to test land navigation skills and tactical operations. The Nacogdoches Emergency Operational Center, which is supported by the Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Office, provides unique outdoor areas to train tactically on battle drills and tasks in a safe environment.


Transformative Experiences

At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom. Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.

Meet Our Students

  • Cadet Evan McCord

    Cadet Evan McCord

    “The SFA ROTC program has truly changed me for the better, in more ways than one. The challenges I have faced while in the program have made me grow physically and mentally. I have learned so much about what it means to be a Scholar, Athlete, and Leader.”

  • Cadet Molly Snider

    Cadet Molly Snider

    “Joining this ROTC program has been the best decision I have made. Both my physical and mental agility and capability have been tested and improved. I love being a part of a group who pushes me to my full potential.”

  • Cadet Cody Abshire

    Cadet Cody Abshire

    “SFA ROTC has surrounded me with peers that are always looking to challenge themselves and others. I learn new things daily and I am able to observe as each Cadet truly pushes past any expectations held of them. The SFA ROTC program has truly developed me into a better Scholar, Athlete, and Leader.”

  • Cadet Cole Costigan

    Cadet Cole Costigan

    “I have learned so much from being in the ROTC program at SFA. It has taught me how to push my limits both mentally and physically, along with teaching me to work hard in everything I do. Not only that, but I also have built some incredible relationships here at SFA because of this program.”

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