THE UNIVERSITY of TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
Army ROTC began operation at this University on March 31, 1980 as an extension center of Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M -Kingsville). However, enrollment grew at such an unprecedented rate that the University became a host ROTC institution on October 1, 1981.
A host ROTC institution at this university allows access to an Army officer program to students of the Lower Rio Grande Valley from Brownsville to Rio Grande City. Active Duty as well as Retired Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers serve as Cadre for this organization and are responsible for its operation.
A Senior Army Officer entitled the Professor of Military Science (PMS) heads the Department of Military Science. The department is a subordinate element of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
SYMBOLISM OF THE ROTC CREST
The ROTC university crest is set on a green and white background and consists of the colors of the university: green, orange and white. The V-shaped division with a white background alludes to “the valley” and is indicative of the location of the university. The white wavy band on a green and white background refers to the Rio Grande River, the dominant geographic feature and lifeblood of the community. The white Bronc with orange mane is the mascot of the university, a green star, represents the Lone Star State of Texas. The white building on a green background is indicative of the Spanish style, and is typical of the campus architecture. It also represents a gateway to knowledge.