The Ross Volunteer Company formed in 1887 as the Scott Volunteers. The Company changed their name in 1898 in honor of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, former governor of the state of Texas and President of Texas A&M College. Often referred to as RVs, the unit is still the official Honor Guard of the Governor of Texas.
The ceremonial uniform is an all-white dress uniform, and Company officers carry sabers and wear red sashes inspired by the French Zouaves. Ceremonial duties include firing 3-volley, 21-gun salutes at Texas A&M’s Silver Taps ceremonies and during the annual campus Muster ceremony.
The RVs are the Honor Guard of King Rex, the King of Mardi Gras, in New Orleans, La. and participate in multiple parades around the state of Texas.