Western Kentucky University
7 WKU Cadets from the Hilltopper Battalion are honored as having graduated in the top 20% of all Cadets in the Nation. Pictured here is 2LT Joel Padgett and 2LT William Carter

WKU Cadets are honored in a Distinguished Military Graduate Ceremony

7 WKU Cadets from the Hilltopper Battalion are honored as having graduated in the top 20% of all Cadets in the Nation. Pictured here is 2LT Joel Padgett and 2LT William Carter

“ ROTC has molded me in my physical, mental, and social aspects of life. ROTC makes me strive to do my best in all fields including academics. The program has set me up to be successful in both college and in life. I have also built many lifelong friendships in the ROTC program. ”

Cadet Daniel Basile, Brentwood, TN

RANGER CHALLENGE

The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other completing military tasks. In addition to a written examination where Cadets test their Army knowledge, there are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Battalions leave a Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.

PERSHING RIFLES

The National Society of Pershing Rifles gives Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to develop to the highest degree possible. Cadets can take part in precision trick rifle drill teams that provide them with the outstanding traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline.

Scabbard and Blade Club

In December 1953 the cadet corps petitioned the Scabbard and Blade National Honor Society for establishment of a cadet company at Western. On 16 January 1954 a formal charter was issued by the National Society and established Company C, 11th Regiment, Scabbard and Blade National Honor Society at the college. Since its origin Company C has stimulated interest in the Profession of Arms, recognized and developed qualities of leadership, honor, and academic achievement, and created a better understanding of the military profession among the advanced course cadets eligible for membership.

 

Commissioning Ceremonies

 Each semester several cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during ceremonies held on each campus. Families, friends, University Presidents and other distinguished guests take part in the commisioning as well as the ceremonial ."First Salute" tradition.