Northern Illinois University
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HUSKIE BATTALION

(815) 752-ROTC (7682)

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Every year, Cadets conduct training and testing on water survival. Sometimes the environment we operate in is quite uncertain. Cadets train to swim with their equipment, shed unnecessary equipment to increase survivability and on unexpected entry into a body of water.

Cadets Conduct Water Survival Training at Gabel Pool.

Every year, Cadets conduct training and testing on water survival. Sometimes the environment we operate in is quite uncertain. Cadets train to swim with their equipment, shed unnecessary equipment to increase survivability and on unexpected entry into a body of water.

“ While a member of the ROTC program I have had the opportunity to attend airborne training, teach basic training soldiers, and make life-long friendships with people who have different backgrounds from my own. ”

Todd Gross, 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

Be A Part Of The NIU ROTC Huskie Battalion

Our Battalion has a diverse student population from every walk of life and who have a broad range of interests. ROTC Cadets are active members of campus life; they participate in varsity and intramural sports, fraternities, sororities, and many other student organizations. Many Cadets have no military experience prior to ROTC while some will have served on Reserve or Active Duty with the US military. Ultimately, the unique challenges and experience associated with the NIU Army ROTC program lead to a common bond amongst Cadets who build friendships that last a lifetime.

Opportunities To Learn And Grow

As Cadets progress through the NIU Army ROTC program, they are assigned to positions that involve increasing levels of responsibility designed to expand and develop the leadership capabilities if every student.               

Cadets can attend US Army schools like Airborne, Air Assault and Mountain Warfare training as well as participate in cultural and language immersion programs during the summer between academic years.