Northern Arizona University
Cadets prepare for the Battalion Run in the early morning hours by saluting the National Colors as they are raised.

Cadets Salute Colors Prior to Battalion Run

Cadets prepare for the Battalion Run in the early morning hours by saluting the National Colors as they are raised.

The Department of Military Science

at Northern Arizona University (NAU) was established on September 5, 1980 as an extension center of the Arizona State University Army ROTC program.  A Major and a Sergeant First Class were assigned in the summer of 1981. Classes began the fall semester of that year.

Host Status Awarded

Host status was granted to the Northern Arizona University Army ROTC programin the fall of 1982.  The first class of commissionees was in May 1983with thirteen cadets receiving their gold bars.  By the fall of 1983 the cadre and staff for the program had totaled five officers, four NCOs, one Department of the Army civilian (DAC), and one university secretary.

Branching Out

In early 1986 a Cross Enrollment Agreement was signed with Embry-RiddleAeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Arizona.  In 1987, ERAU commissioned their first three lieutenants.  ERAU’s affiliation continues to be a major part of the NAU program with considerable interface occurring between the cadre and students in both programs.

The Two Companies of Lumberjack Battalion

Both ROTC detachments are currently very active in local university and civic events as well as within the ROTC community.  Under the umbrella of the Lumberjack Battalion both schools have well established companies – the Axe Company at NAU and the Eagle Company at ERAU.