Welcome to the National Society of Pershing Rifles, the nation’s premier undergraduate leadership development organization.

Founded in 1894 as a drill unit at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the organization was originally named the Varsity Rifles. The members renamed the organization in honor of their mentor and patron, Lieutenant (later General of the Armies of the United States) John J. Pershing, upon his departure from the university in 1895.

What does it mean to be a Pershing Rifleman?

Commitment #1

The Pershing Rifles Membership ribbon was adopted in 1951, modeled after the US Army Good Conduct Medal. The ribbon is blue and contains 6 white stripes. Each stripe represents a unique commitment a person makes when joining the Pershing Rifles, the first of which is “Devotion to Duty and Country.”

“General Pershing needs no eulogy; his achievements are his eulogy, and they are written on the heart of a grateful world. He needs no introduction; his name is a household word and is on the lips of every loyal American.”

Journal of the House of Delates, State of Virginia