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Governors Guard


At Austin Peay, ROTC is more than a program. It’s a commitment to excellence.

The Governors Guard Detachment is not a typical ROTC detachment. Our proximity to Fort Campbell, Kentucky (20 minutes) means that we have some exceptional training opportunities available to us. These opportunities include the use of multi-million dollar simulation facilities, hands-on training with helicopters and other Army equipment, and Army Air Assault School. Additionally, about one third of our cadets are former soldiers from Fort Campbell who bring a wealth of prior service knowledge and experience to the classroom and labs.

Here, you will learn to be an officer and a leader. Being an officer in the US Army means you are a strategist, a motivator, and a counselor. As an officer, you will lead Soldiers in all situations and adapt to constantly changing environments. You will be trained and driven to achieve success with your team on every mission.  

As a Cadet in APSU’s Governors Guard, you’ll be part of a battalion consistently ranked as one of the best of its kind. For example:

  • Seven MacArthur Awards. This award is given to the eight programs producing the highest quality officers in the nation each year. 
  • Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) Performance. In past years, on average of over 40% of APSU Cadets received Excellent leadership evaluations. Nationwide average is less than 20%. Also, Austin Peay has been ranked the number one Army ROTC program in the nation based on peer evaluations. ·
  • Number One ROTC in the Nation In one particular area, Austin Peay State University was ranked No. 1 in the nation among 270 schools participating in LDAC over summer 2013 in terms of ratings by their cadet peers from across the U.S.

If you have questions about APSU ROTC or want to try Cadet life for a day, call us at (931) 221-6156 or e-mail

The Austin Peay State University Army ROTC program commissions officers into the US Army. It is consistently ranked as one of the top ROTC programs in the nation based on the quality and quantity of the officers produced.