Best of the Old, First of the New
Initially begun as B Infantry in January 1877, it was the second outfit to be formed in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. Upon a reorganization of the Corps in May 1959 and the establishment of the policy of grouping persons of similar majors together in an outfit, Company B-1 was formed from B Infantry and C Armor.
This company is one of the oldest and most respected outfits in the Corps. At first the outfit was entirely pre-vet; however, it eventually evolved into an outfit encompassing all majors in the College of Agriculture. At the time, B-1 also had engineering and business majors, but the emphasis was on agriculture.
After being in First Battalion for 100 years, it was moved to 2nd Battalion in 1976-1977, and then returned to First Battalion in 1997-1998. Battlin' B, as Company B-1 was named, was disbanded after 110 years in 1987-88 before being reactivated for the 1996-97 school year with a new logo, a battling Viking. However, Company B-1 returned to its' old logo in 1999.
Today, Company B-1 is an outfit encompassing many majors from Texas A&M, and places a high priority in leadership throughout the Corps. This can be seen by cadets' leadership in many groups ranging such as O.R. Simpson Honor Society, Rudders Rangers, Parson's Mounted Cavalry, the Corps Marathon Team, and many more. Battlin’ B-1 is one of the oldest Army outfits in the Corps of Cadets. B-1 holds its cadets to a high academic standard, keeping “success in academics” as its primary goal. B-1 also succeeds in intramurals, and its cadets also participate in several Corps special units. Cadets learn and practice the leadership skills that will help them to achieve success after they graduate from Texas A&M and enter into either the Military or workforce.