After 28 years, the woman who cadets at Western call "Battalion Mom" is retiring, leaving a legacy of friendship, family and service.
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
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 apply her talents to serve the nation. Find you passion and use it for good.
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.
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 hard work in both ROTC and finance will support him in his future endeavors.
“I’m an American citizen, but I was born in Sasebo, Japan,” she says. “There was a military base there, and both of my parents teach in military schools. I’ve pretty much lived my whole life on military bases.”
While she has visited the United States, Cochran has not yet lived on American soil. She currently lives on a military base in Vilseck, Germany. Her next home base, however, will be Western Michigan University.
“I’m a bit nervous about such a big change,” Cochran admits, “but excited. … I had applied to three universities—Western, Michigan State and a school in Tennessee, where I would be near my aunt, but I liked this campus best. Michigan State was so, so big; I’m not used to that. My high school on a military base only had 370 students. Western felt more personalized, and they accepted my credits.”