To aid in the development of successful officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

a. Through its organizational structure, the Society affords its members an excellent opportunity for command and staff experience.

b. In its administration, the Society offers invaluable training for the Active Member. By adopting the practices of the active duty armed forces, the Society furthers a working knowledge of military administration which is of great value to the member as a cadet or midshipman and later as an officer in his/her particular branch of service.

To foster camaraderie and esprit de corps among all three Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs.

As one of the most important of its missions, the ROTC relationship merits special attention by the Society. The National Society of Pershing Rifles is the only co-curricular organization available to all ROTC cadets. The Pershing Rifles, through its meetings and other activities, develops valuable esprit de corps. Such awareness among the Pershing Rifles members, coupled with the improved officer-cadet relationship fostered by the Society, leads to a stronger and more efficient corps of cadets.

To further the purpose, traditions, and concepts of the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force.

a. The first step in the achievement of this objective is the creation of a closer and more efficient relationship within the ROTC programs on a campus.

b. The Society exhibits interest in and understanding of the traditions and concepts of the three services by its continuing program of tri service recognition.

To give civilians an opportunity to be part of a military organization without a formal commitment to the military.

a. Through its organizational structure, the Society affords its members an excellent extra-curricular leadership-training environment. This is important for civilian professionals as well as the military.

b. Through the relationship with the ROTC cadets and midshipmen, a closer relationship is formed between these civilians and the military.

History, Symbolism and Insignia

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The purpose of the National Society of Pershing Rifles is to develop, to the highest degree possible, outstanding traits of leadership, military science, military bearing, and discipline within the framework of a military oriented, honorary fraternity.

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What does it mean to be a Pershing Rifleman?

Commitment #2

Pershing Riflemen strive toward excellence in everything they do. They aim to exceed the standard and encourage others to do the same. Riflemen willfully yield a portion of their individuality for the good of the group. A Bold and True Heart is fundamental to a Riflemen’s identity as represented by the second stripe of the membership ribbon.

“For the first time in my life I was a member of a brotherhood. The discipline, the structure, the camaraderie, the sense of belonging were what I craved. … I found a selflessness within our ranks that reminded me of the caring atmosphere within my family. Race, color, background, income meant nothing.”

The Honorable Colin L Powell
Former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Pershing Rifles Co. A-8, City College of New York