Scabbard and Blade

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Scabbard and Blade
The Crest of Scabbard and Blade
Founded 1904
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Type Professional/Honorary (Military)
Scope National
 United States
Mission statement Scabbard and Blade is a joint service honor society that unites cadets and midshipmen from all over the country in military excellence. The society strives to better these cadets and midshipmen as future officers and to strengthen the joint service relationship through service to the community and leadership opportunities. Exceptional students "pledge" which involves a period of evaluation of leadership skills and military knowledge. In some respects it is similar to a fraternity, with a strict honor code. Athletic activities and those that enhance military preparedness are stressed. Those who become members run activities for other ROTC students, such as training on military bases and simulated exercises.
Publication Scabbard & Blade Today
Headquarters 1018 S. Lewis
Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

Scabbard and Blade is a college military honor society founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1904. Although membership is open to R.O.T.C. cadets and midshipmen of all military services, the society is modeled after the U.S. Army and its chapters are called companies and are organized into regiments in order of their establishment. Originally founded as a men's organization, it is now co-educational. The Junior Program has opened membership to high school students meeting similar standards as the collegiate level.

Scabbard and Blade is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, a coordinating and certification organization for collegiate honor societies.

The national headquarters is located at Stillwater, Oklahoma.


The National Society of Scabbard and Blade was founded during the school year 1904-1905 at the University of Wisconsin by five senior officers in the cadet corps. The five founders of Scabbard and Blade were Leo M. Cook, Albert W. Foster, Victor R. Griggs, Charles A. Taylor, and Harold K. Weld.

The Society has become inactive on two occasions. These were during World War I and World War II, when there were no courses of military training in universities and colleges because every able bodied man was in the service. The first National Convention was held on May 11, 1906, at Madison, Wisconsin, and was attended by representatives of the four Companies which then comprised the Society. Conventions were held annually until April 1916, after which no convention was held until February 1920. This inactivity was due to World War I. Following the 1920 meeting, conventions were held every two years. This practice continued until 1940 when war interrupted the progress of the Society and all companies were directed by General Order to bring their affairs to a close. In November 1947, after seventy companies had been reactivated, a convention was called.

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