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Scabbard and Blade is a nonprofit organization dedicated to our nation’s military officers. We were founded during the school year of 1904-05 by five cadet officers. From these five, we have grown to over 137,000 cadet officers!

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We were founded by five cadet officers: Leo M. Cook, Albert W. Foster, Victor R. Griggs, Charles A. Taylor, and Harold K. Weld.

From generation to generation our members have focused on developing the key qualities of Scabbard and Blade. We call these qualities, the Five Stars: Honor, Leadership, Professionalism, Officership, and Unity.

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Preamble

Believing that military service is an obligation of citizenship, and that the greater opportunities afforded college men and women for the study of military science place upon them certain responsibilities as citizens, we cadet officers in various colleges and universities conferring baccalaureate degrees, do form this society and adopt this constitution in order to united in closer relationship the military departments of American universities and colleges; to preserve and develop the essential qualities of good and efficient officers; to prepare ourselves as educated men and women to take a more active part and to have greater influence in the military affairs of the communities in which we may reside; and above all to spread intelligent information concerning the military requirements of our country.

Mission

We are dedicated to developing aspiring and current military officers that emulate the Five Star qualities while fostering strong joint-service relationships.

Vision

Our members will redefine the standard of excellence for all military officers.

— The Five Star Qualities —

Honor

Loyalty
Efficiency
Courage
Obedience
Good Fellowship

Leadership

Examples:
Human Behavior and Teamwork
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Critical Thinking and Strategy
Communication
Delegation Strategy

Professionalism

Examples:
Ethics and Standards
Goal Setting and Execution
Time Management
Resource Management
Attitude and Image

Officership

Examples:
Mentorship
Selflessness
Service (Community and Nation)
Military Standards (UCMJ & OIs)
Military History

Unity

Examples:
Joint Education
Joint Camaraderie
Joint Understanding
Joint Integration

Second Century Project — Transformation

Our Progress

Junior Program 100%
Senior Program 100%
Honor Society 100%
Alumni 50%