Fall Welcome

Start strong—Army strong

The Bronco Battalion conducts activities in conjunction with Western Michigan University's Fall Welcome program. Cadets move into the residence halls early, have a barbecue with current cadets, cadre, alumni and family, get issued all kinds of cool Army equipment, rappel, and take part in a number of other informative and fun activities.

All Army ROTC cadets get to move into the residence halls on Monday morning, regardless of which residence hall you are assigned, what other programs you may be involved in, or what letter your last name begins with. At WMU, "cadet" is defined as anyone enrolled in military science class MSL 1010. Current cadets will be available to help you move in. Look for them and ask for their assistance.

We will be mailing you an information packet toward the end of July. This packet will have some forms for you to fill out, including a sizing chart so we can have your uniforms ready for you when you get here for Fall Welcome. If you have a medical exam (physical) within the last year, be sure to send us a copy. Otherwise, you will be sent to get a medical exam at our expense Tuesday.

If you are in multiple programs here at WMU, we have conducted coordination with those programs so that you will know where you need to be during Fall Welcome.

Don't forget that you now have a WMU student email account. Check it regularly during the summer. That is where WMU will send all important information.

WMU Army ROTC cadets.

New and returning cadets enjoy a barbecue with family, alumni and cadre.

Army ROTC Fall Welcome schedule

Monday, Aug. 25

Move into residence halls

9 a.m. to noon: Move-in for all cadets. If you are signed up for MSL 1010 you can move in on Monday morning regardless of the letter your last name begins with.

12:30 to 2 p.m.: Barbecue with family at ROTC Building

Tuesday, Aug. 26

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Contract review (scholarship cadets only)

1:30 to 5 p.m.: In-processing and equipment issue

Wednesday, Aug. 27

6 to 8 a.m.: Physical fitness test

Noon to 1 p.m.: Barbecue

1 to 5 p.m.: Academic advising

Thursday, Aug. 28

7 to 10 a.m.: Group leaders' time

Friday, Aug. 29

1 to 5 p.m.: Rappelling

Saturday, Aug. 30

9 a.m.: Canoe trip for those remaining on campus

* The activities listed here are ROTC-specific events that supplement the regular WMU Fall Welcome activities in which ROTC cadets should also participate.