Illinois State University
The Redbird Battalion is filled with great people; many have lasting friendships with cadets well beyond their time in ROTC. It is a friendly environment where you can learn from your peers and build a bond that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

Friends

The Redbird Battalion is filled with great people; many have lasting friendships with cadets well beyond their time in ROTC. It is a friendly environment where you can learn from your peers and build a bond that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

“ The ROTC Lifestyle floor was the best thing I had coming to ISU because I was able to meet people with similar interests and we motivated each other. ”

Cadet Sam Dimmick,Jacksonville, 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

Expectations of a cadet

Illinois State University Army ROTC cadets are encouraged to participate inthe leadership laboratories, a military science class targeted at each yeargroup, and physical training.  Cadets also sponsor study groups to helpmeet the requirements of academic performance.  During their free timenumerous ROTC teams are formed for intramural sports such as flag football,volleyball, softball and dodge ball.  The cadets are a diverse group withmajors ranging from graphic design to pre-med and nursing.  An air ofmutual respect and loyalty is fostered both in the ROTC community and memberscarry that into the rest of the ISU community.  Cadets also participate incommunity service activities including Habitat for Humanity, parades, speakingto young students, and collecting donations for the local food pantry.

ROTC Lifestyle Floor

The ROTC lifestyle floor is located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovatedWilkins Hall. Its primary purpose is for students interested in ROTC to have aplace to live and work together. Underclassmen are mentored by upperclassmenthat live on the floor. There is a very positive and supportive atmosphere,some students choosing to spend their entire four years there. The RA, acurrent cadet, runs the floor and plans community activities, while a facultyadvisor assists in helping new students adjust to college life.  The flooralso includes a number of students not in ROTC to keep the atmospherediverse.  Tours are available daily from the Wilkins Hall front desk orthe ROTC building.

The Success Story

The Army follows a crawl-walk-run philosophy when training its cadets andSoldiers.  A new MSI (freshman) will receive concise instructions and havethe activities planned for them.  MSII (sophomores) are expected to coachand mentor the MS Is while MSIII (juniors) begin to take more proactiveleadership positions and are expected to develop their peers andsubordinates.  As an MSIV (senior) you will plan and prepare almost everyfunction the Redbird Battalion participates in.  This includes mentoringthe younger cadets in their professional and personal growth.  Thepractical experience of training cadets and developing people is years beyondwhat your peers will receive in the normal college environment.  Thesuccessful completion of your senior year will include a skill set unmatched bythe rest of the university.