Western Kentucky University
Cadets participate in a Field Training Exercise (FTX) once a semester. Here is a picture of a cadet on the always fun, obstacle course!

Cadets at FTX

Cadets participate in a Field Training Exercise (FTX) once a semester. Here is a picture of a cadet on the always fun, obstacle course!

Dr. Gary A. Ransdell, President of Western Kentucky University, says this about ROTC presence on campus:

"Western Kentucky University is proud of its Army ROTC program. ROTC at Western shares with the University a rich history and a tradition of excellence. Leadership, academic performance, and self-discipline are the traits most often exhibited by Western students who participate in ROTC. These students set a high standard for the Western student body."

Battalion History

The Army ROTC program at Western is one of the oldest in the state and traces its origin to this Act and the Spring of 1917 when the United States entered World War I. At that time male enrollment on the campus of "Western Kentucky State Normal School" was only 264 due to the great interest and participation in the war effort by the citizens and young men of Kentucky. The first military training presented on campus was given by US Army trainers to the "Student' s Army Training Corps" during the Spring of 1918.

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