The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a series of elective courses offered at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL), for students attending UWL, Viterbo University, and Winona State University. The program combines college electives in military science with practical leadership training to prepare men and women to become Army officers. ROTC also opens the doors to a variety of exciting careers, extracurricular activities, and advanced military training . Upon successful completion of the Army ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.

ROTC at UWL will quickly give you the confidence and self-discipline necessary to progress in your studies with skills no other college course teaches. You will learn how to motivate and lead others, manage complex tasks, and communicate ideas effectively, the same traits prospective employers will be looking for when you graduate. Qualify, and you could get a 2, 3, or 4 year scholarship worth up to $80,000*.

Army Nursing is an integral part of the cadet battalion population. In March 1996, Viterbo University was selected by U.S. Army Cadet Command as one of only forty-one schools nationwide to participate in the Partnership in Nursing Education (PNE) Program. Under provisions of this program, four-year Army Nurse Scholarship winners must attend one of the forty-one designated schools.

ROTC is not a major (although we do have a minor at UWL). It is designed to compliment your regular college courses, not interfere with them. ROTC courses fit right into your regular college schedule. You can enroll in ROTC for the first two years (the "Basic Course") without ANY future military commitment. Once you accept a scholarship or begin your junior year of ROTC (the "Advanced Course"), you make a commitment to serve as an officer in either the Active Army, the Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard upon graduation. The initial active duty obligation is either three or four years.

Eligibility

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be between 17 and 30 years old
  • Be enrolled in college full-time in pursuit of a baccalaureate or advanced degree and have at least 2 years remaining in school, or be sponsored to attend camp by a military junior college (MJC)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (MCJ student must also have a minimum ACT score of 17 or SAT score of 920.)
  • Meet military medical qualification standards
  • Have no civil convictions (unless waiver is approved)
  • Have no more than 3 dependents (unless waiver is approved)

For more information and details contact our scholarship officer.

Cadets from across the nation come to La Crosse to compete in the Army ROTC grueling Northern Warfare Challenge. This physical and skill based challenge covers 18 miles in our own backyard, starting and ending at Grandad's Bluff. Cadets must carry 35-45 lbs on their back while competing in tasks like starting a controlled fire, knot tying, weapons qualification, and much more! Cadets Competing in La Crosse Bluffs Cadets from across the nation come to La Crosse to compete in the Army ROTC grueling Northern Warfare Challenge. This physical and skill based challenge covers 18 miles in our own backyard, starting and ending at Grandad's Bluff. Cadets must carry 35-45 lbs on their back while competing in tasks like starting a controlled fire, knot tying, weapons qualification, and much more!
ROTC is run by the students enrolled in our program. They lead in our classes and mentor the younger Cadets. This is executed by clear communication and encouragement. Cadets in Charge ROTC is run by the students enrolled in our program. They lead in our classes and mentor the younger Cadets. This is executed by clear communication and encouragement.
Our Cadets compete for the opportunity to be trained and experience rappelling out of a hovering helicopter. The adrenaline rushes as they utilize their training and descend the 50 feet to the solid ground below them. Rappelling + Helicopters Our Cadets compete for the opportunity to be trained and experience rappelling out of a hovering helicopter. The adrenaline rushes as they utilize their training and descend the 50 feet to the solid ground below them.
Through the years that you spend in the Army ROTC program, you work closely with your peers to learn, to train, and eventually to teach those following in your footsteps. The classes of students are there for you through the thick and thin. You become part of the Eagle Battalion Family! Family Atmosphere Through the years that you spend in the Army ROTC program, you work closely with your peers to learn, to train, and eventually to teach those following in your footsteps. The classes of students are there for you through the thick and thin. You become part of the Eagle Battalion Family!
Many of our Cadets volunteer their time with our Eagle Battalion Color Guard. We present the Colors at football games, in parades, and at veteran events. This comes as a great honor to represent those that came before us and those that currently serve. Honor at the Football Field Many of our Cadets volunteer their time with our Eagle Battalion Color Guard. We present the Colors at football games, in parades, and at veteran events. This comes as a great honor to represent those that came before us and those that currently serve.
Every year, our Cadets volunteer in helping the new students move into their dorms. Moving in the Students Every year, our Cadets volunteer in helping the new students move into their dorms.
Our program makes a point to keep volunteering as an integral part of what we do. One of our repeating volunteer projects has been helping rebuild or replace bridges in the Hixon Forest. Each class completes a project each semester as a team. Where should we go next? Repairing the Trails Our program makes a point to keep volunteering as an integral part of what we do. One of our repeating volunteer projects has been helping rebuild or replace bridges in the Hixon Forest. Each class completes a project each semester as a team. Where should we go next?