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, meet with an academic adviser and plan your path to graduation, 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 the 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. 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 your expense.

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.

Meet your Fall Welcome Ambassadors

Click here to see our returning ROTC Cadets who will serve as your Fall Welcome Ambassadors

Army ROTC Fall Welcome schedule

Monday, Aug. 31

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, Sep. 1

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

1:30 to 5 p.m.: In-processing

Wednesday, Sept. 2

1 to 5 p.m.: Academic advising

Thursday, Sept. 3

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

Friday, Sept. 4

1 to 5 p.m.: Rappelling

TBA. WMU vs MSU Football Tailgate/BBQ

Saturday, Sept. 5

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.