Eastern Illinois University
Cadets help out at a pancake breakfast at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

From left to right: CDT Akers, CDT Tamminga, CDT Huber.

Cadets help out at a pancake breakfast at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

“ We get up earlier than most college students and have more responsibilities resting on our shoulders, but we usually have a fun time even when we are doing things that we don’t always enjoy. ”

Paetz, J,Chicago, IL

See how interesting college can be when you're a part of Army ROTC. You'll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there's a key difference: you'll have even more opportunities to succeed.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

In addition, each battalion has its own unique calendar of events and activities.

Learn more about Events and Activities

Eastern Illinois University Panther Battalion

The battalion is involved in many activities throughout the year.  The battalion has both fall and spring FTX’s, along with this, there is a weekly lab, and physical training sessions at least three times a week.  The battalion also hosts a military ball each spring to commemorate the past year.


Cadets participate in various activities from combat water survival training to rappelling.  Other activities Cadets participate in are the M16 range, and land navigation in which cadets get to increase their confidence and ability to use just a compass and a map to navigate and find points through out a wooded area.


MSIII’s in the program get a little extra training throughout the year.  The MS III’s go to a camp each summer called Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) which will help prepare them to become officers.  In order to prepare for the summer, MSIII’s conduct special training such as extra land navigation, on Saturdays.  This land navigation focuses on both day and night land navigation.  Along with this, MSIII’s also conduct squad tactical exercises (STX).