Eastern Illinois University
Some cadets preparing to go out on land navigation exercises during a FTX.

Front to back: CDT. Gensler, CDT. Leveque, CDT. Spear

Some cadets preparing to go out on land navigation exercises during a FTX.

“ Whether doing obstacle courses, going to the military ball, joining the rifle team, competing on the ranger challenge team, or helping out the community through volunteer work, there is something for everyone in ROTC I love it! ”

Casey, A,Naperville, IL


The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other completing military tasks. In addition to a written examination where Cadets test their Army knowledge, there are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Battalions leave a Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.


The National Society of Pershing Rifles gives Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to develop to the highest degree possible. Cadets can take part in precision trick rifle drill teams that provide them with the outstanding traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline.

Commissioning ceremony

Each spring several cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during ceremonies held on each campus.  Families, friends, University Presidents and other distinguished guests take part in the commissioning as well as other ceremonial activities.


Every Thursday the ROTC program has its weekly lab session.  The lab consists of training in various areas.  For instance, training is focused on land navigation techniques such as pace count and compass, with the next lab consisting of the actual practicality of land navigation.  Another such lab was one in which cadets got to handle M16 rifles.  Also, helicopters have been brought to campus to familiarize cadets with helicopter operations and procedures.

Military Ball

Each spring, the ROTC program hosts a military ball for the entire battalion.  The ball usually consists of a few ceremonies, dinner, a guest speaker, slide shows and dancing.  The military ball celebrates all of the hard work the cadets have put in throughout the school year.  It is also a sort of “good-bye” to the senior ROTC cadets who will be graduating and commissioning that spring.