March 21, 2022


Twenty years ago, Gov. Rick Perry ’72 issued an executive order designating Texas A&M University as the Military College of Texas, an honor bestowed upon only one college in the state.

  • The Ross Volunteers

    Established in 1887, the Ross Volunteer Company is the oldest honor guard and drill team of its kind, serving in important campus ceremonies such as Muster and Silver Taps.

  • Parsons Mounted Cavalry

    A special unit consisting of 90 cadets and 50 horses, Parsons Mounted Cavalry utilizes military horse training to teach cadets leadership, responsibility, decision-making and self-discipline.

  • The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band

    As the largest military marching band in the nation, the Aggie Band performs precision drills that showcase cadets' attention to detail and cohesiveness as a unit in time to traditional marches.

  • Rudder's Rangers

    Specializing in small unit infantry tactics, Rudder's Rangers offers an opportunity for cadets from any branch to expand their military and leadership expertise.

The Path Onward 

A former Texas A&M Head Yell Leader and Bonfire redpot, Perry was not hard to convince, having experienced the campus’s military benefits firsthand. On April 19, 2002, Perry signed an executive order designating Texas A&M as the Military College of Texas, an honor no other college in Texas may hold. 



Twenty years after receiving the designation, the Corps of Cadets continues the traditions that set Texas A&M apart as a top-tier military institution. As host to the largest uniformed student body outside of the federal service academies, the Corps provides a 24/7 military and academic regimen that prepares cadets for public service or success in the private sector. 

“The Corps of Cadets develops well-educated leaders of character,” Stebbins concluded. “By the time they graduate, our cadets have gone through a four-year leadership development program that equips them to lead other people, teams and organizations. The Corps produces individuals who have a heart for service and a willingness to make a positive contribution for our state, nation and world.” 

Want to help the Corps of Cadets continue its legacy of selfless service? Contact Matt Jennings ’95 at the bottom of this page for more information. 

View the original executive order below: