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Explore Military Service
Welcome to the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) “Fighting Eagles” Battalion website. EWU Army ROTC has been training future leaders for our country since 1952. We want you to be part of the next generation of leaders our country needs. However, if you are unsure if military service is right for you, ROTC is the one way to explore military service WITHOUT actually being in the military. The first two years of the Military Science curriculum are open to all students, regardless of academic standing, without any military obligation. The last two years are only open to students who have entered a contract with the Army to continue ROTC and earn their degree. Completion of the Advanced Course qualifies students to earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Visit our ROTC News feed to learn more about the programs and activities our Cadets are involved in around campus and in the community.
Why Join EWU Army ROTC?
There are many reasons why EWU Army ROTC stands out as an amazing opportunity for Eastern students to explore military service through. For example we have nationally recognized instructors, Cadets that have received national recognition, the top ROTC nursing program in the region, well above average branching results, among a host of other accomplishments we take pride in. However, there is no better advocate for ROTC than the Cadets themselves. Below is a great video from Cadet Cheyenne Sweet that describes her journey through ROTC.
Whether you are a college-bound high school student or already attending college, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on academic, athletic, and leadership merit, not financial need. All scholarships pay for tuition and mandatory fees. Scholarships also provide an allowance for books as well as a monthly personal living allowance. You can also choose to have your scholarship applied to room and board. Army ROTC scholarships are divided into two categories: 4-year and 3-year National Scholarships (for high school seniors) and 4, 3, and 2-year Campus-Based Scholarships (for incoming or current college students). We want you to be successful as possible at receiving a scholarship, so please read our walkthrough guide on how to apply for a ROTC National Scholarship as well as our Top 10 Tips for a Successful ROTC National Scholarship Application to get you started.Visit our EWU ROTC Scholarships page for more information.
Once enrolled into the ROTC program all Cadets will participate in weekly leadership laboratories that teach basic soldier skills such as drill & ceremony, land navigation, rappelling, marksmanship, etc. Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in morning physical training workouts. The physical training sessions are designed using the latest fitness programs developed in part by the university’s strength and conditioning team. If getting in shape is one of your goals the EWU ROTC program can help you do that without the cost of a personal trainer.
EWU ROTC also provides a number of extracurricular activities for both contracted and non-contracted Cadets. All Cadets can try out for our annual Ranger Challenge team. The team competes each fall quarter in a regional competition that tests the Cadets physical and mental stamina in a variety of military related events. All Cadets can also participate in our Cannon Crew and Color Guard teams that support the university’s sports teams and important events.
Find out how to Start Something Big!
For anyone interested in finding out more information about the ROTC program we invite you to stop by our offices at Cadet Hall on the EWU campus or contact us by email or phone.
Department of Military Science
202 Cadet Hall
Cheney, WA 99004