Education First, Service Second

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate during your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the U.S. Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army

Video of Western Rangers Organization Air Movement Spring 2022

Living the Dream

Army ROTC Cadet Paige Bodine uses her degree in Advertisement and Public Relations to create videos for the Michigan National Guard. She has been able to take what she loves and apply it to a job in the military. You can to.

  • 1+3 1-year paid by WMU + 3-year national scholarship = a 4-year scholarship.

  • 2 Guaranteed upper-division nursing spots every year.

  • $3,000 On-campus housing allowance for scholarship winners

  • 33% Of the cadets are female



 Top ROTC cadet in the state of Michigan and the #8 ranked Army Nurse cadet in the nation.

  April 20 

 Western Michigan University Army ROTC cadet Grace VanArendonk was selected as the top cadet in the state of  Michigan—a prestigious honor earned four times in the past six years by cadets in the WMU program—and she has been ranked eighth nationally among all cadets in the Active Duty Nurse Corps.


The ROTC advantage: leadership, mentorship and cadet camaraderie

 April 20

 Kalamazoo native Cyle Dyer is learning about the dynamic finance industry, studying investments, stocks and cryptocurrency, while also taking on the physical challenges of the ROTC program. His success with both his major in finance and the ROTC program will support him in his future endeavors.

Col. Kattiria Walker

First woman on ROTC Wall of Fame

January 15

Col. Kattiria Walker is the first woman inducted into the Western Michigan University Reserve Officer's Training Corps' Wall of Fame.
WMU's ROTC Wall of Fame is an honor bestowed on select alumni with distinguished military careers.