University of Wisconsin - Madison
One of the most challenging, yet rewarding aspects of an Army cadet’s lifestyle is morning physical training. UW-Madison boasts one of the healthiest campuses and cities in the nation and Army cadets add to this ideal as they work out together 3 days a week to stay in shape.

Morning Physical Training

One of the most challenging, yet rewarding aspects of an Army cadet’s lifestyle is morning physical training. UW-Madison boasts one of the healthiest campuses and cities in the nation and Army cadets add to this ideal as they work out together 3 days a week to stay in shape.

“ The lifestyle here for a cadet is more rigorous that the typical college experience, and as a result I feel that I am getting a more fulfilling and well-rounded education. ”

Joshua Felber, Holmen, WI

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

Badger Battalion Lifestyle is characterized by three main aspects: 1) Academics:

Academics are the most important part of any cadet’s life on the UW Madison Campus. Madison is one of the nation’s Top Ten public academic institutions and it maintains a very competitive atmosphere that demands that cadets spend a considerable amount of their time on studies. GPA is the most important component in determining a cadet’s future branch choice and is also very important to all cadets’ future careers and graduate schooling. Thus, Badger Battalion always maintains that dedication to schooling should be its cadet’s main focus.

2) ROTC Commitments

Badger Battalion ROTC has both mandatory and optional events. Contracted cadets are REQUIRED to attend Physical Training (PT) three times a week in the morning at the Shell Recreational Facility, attend a Military Science class two hours a week, and attend the Military Science Lab for two hours on Thursday afternoons 4:00PM-6:00PM.  There is also a Field Training Exercise conducted at Ft. McCoy during the Fall and Spring semesters. Check-out the events and activities page for a list of optional cadet events.

3) Extracurricular Commitments

Badger Battalion encourages its cadets to participate in community and social events outside of the ROTC curriculum. Many of our cadets hold part-time jobs, sometimes even two or three. Cadets are also strongly encouraged to get involved with volunteer organizations, some of our cadets have worked with, among others, court ordered youth, the Knights of Columbus, and soup kitchens. Social activity is also an important part of cadet life as cadets are encouraged to socialize together in safe and productive environments such as at football games, enjoying the sights of State Street, or attending concerts at the Kohl Center.