Missouri Western State University

Partnership School Detachments

UMKC

The university of Missouri-Kansas City has approximately 15000 students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The university has a relatively low student to faculty ratio of 14:1. The school offers over 50 majors for prospective students to study. The Pony Express battalion has approximately 15 cadets who attend this university. Military Science Classes are taught on this campus.

Northwest Missouri State University

NWMSU is a public university with approximately 7000 students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The university offers 42 majors. This school has 75 percent Missouri resident and 25 percent out of state students. The Pony Express Battalion has approximately 7 cadets who attend this university.

Benedictine College

Benedictine is a private catholic university with an enrollment of approximately 2000 students. Most students who attend this college are looking for the small catholic school environment. The university offers 40 different majors for students. The Pony Express Battalion has approximately 5 cadets who attend this university. All ROTC scholarship recipients receive free room and board at this college.

Park University

Park University is a private university with an enrollment of about 3000 students. The school offers 40 majors. The Pony Express Battalion has a strong presence at this university with approximately 35 cadets attending this university.

Other Universities

The Pony Express Battalion also offers cross enrollment through Rockhurst University, William Jewell College, Avila University, and Metropolitan Community College.

Battalion History

The Pony Express Detachment is a regional Senior ROTC program that is hosted at Missouri Western State University (MWSU) in St Joseph, Missouri. The program currently includes the host school, one extension center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and seven partnership schools. These partnership schools include Northwest Missouri State University, Benedictine College, Park University, Rockhurst University, Calvary Bible College, William Jewel College and Avila University. The program also offers classes at the Kansas City Metropolitan Community College using the Kansas City Student Area Exchange (KCASE).

The program began as the Griffon Guards at Missouri Western State College in 1971. In the mid-1980&aposs with the addition of Benedictine College and the universities within the Kansas City metro area the Detachment became a regional program. As a multi-school program it was determined that the Detachment name should reflect a more regional image. From this, the name was changed to the Pony Express Detachment in 1995 incorporating the history St Joseph, Missouri.

Missouri Western State University is the host school and the headquarters location to the Pony Express Detachment. All direction, administrative procedures and instruction of the Detachment originate from this location. From MWSU, the Detachment provides academic instruction to all cadets from the Military Science Department that falls under the College of Professional Studies within the University system. The ROTC Cadets at Missouri Western State University are the geographical center of the Detachment and make up the Cadets of Alpha Company.

The Army ROTC program at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas was established in 1980 as a partnership school under Missouri Western State College. Even as a small private Catholic College, the Cadets of the program have established their own segment in the Detachment as part of Alpha Company.

The Northwest ROTC program was organized in 1978 as an extension center of Missouri Western State College. In December of 1980, Northwest Missouri State University was established as a host institution under the division of the College of Agriculture, Science and Technology. In 1996 the Army closed the ROTC program at Northwest as the Army decreased in size. In 2000, the ROTC program at Northwest was re-established as a cross enrolled program with an office in the Geology and Geography Department under the College of Arts and Science. Today, the Cadets of Northwest are aligned under Alpha Company of the Pony Express Detachment.

In 1984, the Detachment added UMKC and the colleges and universities in the Kansas City metro area to the growing ROTC program. With this addition the UMKC, became an extension center of the Griffon Guards ROTC Detachment. From this location the Detachment is able to reach the campuses in the Kansas City metro area that include Park University, Rockhurst University, Calvary Bible College, William Jewel College and Avila University. These schools in the Kansas City metro area now make up Bravo Company of the Pony Express Detachment.

In addition to the Senior ROTC program hosted a Missouri Western State University, the Detachment is also responsible to provide oversight to nine Junior ROTC programs within the region. Three of these programs are located in St. Joseph (Benton High School, Central High School and Lafayette High School) and six of these programs are located in the Kansas City metro area (Central High School, Southwest Early College Campus, Lincoln College Prep, Northeast High School, Southwest Area Career Center, and Van Horn High School).

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