Become an Army Officer
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is a college course of leadership training that produces 75% of the Army’s officer strength. Becoming an Army officer allows you to empower and inspire strength in others. When you lead soldiers, you gain the strength to lead in life. As an officer, you learn to lead from the front—from day one—through the Army’s unique and unparalleled training. The program transforms men and women from college students into Army leaders, prestigious professionals who serve in the most respected institution in America.
About the Rolling Thunder Battalion
ROTC cadets at Elmhurst College participate in training with the Rolling Thunder Battalion at Wheaton College. This non-denominational Christian school, located about 25 minutes from Elmhurst’s campus, has been training and commissioning Army lieutenants since 1952. The Army ROTC program enhances your degree and helps you excel during and after college. The Rolling Thunder Battalion is consistently recognized in the top 10% of all Army ROTC programs, and our graduates have gone on to serve with distinction in the military, the business sector, government, and the ministry. As part of the Rolling Thunder Battalion, you’ll be a vital member of our team and the best leadership development program in the nation. You’ll quickly gain the confidence and self-discipline to succeed in your classes. You’ll acquire leadership skills from our people-oriented organization that will serve you during college and prepare you for a lifetime of successes. You’ll also earn opportunities to use your abilities and talents to serve others and your country. The Rolling Thunder Battalion will push you to be the kind of compassionate warrior-leader our world needs.
What We Do
You can try Army ROTC for up to 2 years with no obligation in the Basic Course, where you will study leadership development, military skills, and adventure training while you combine classroom time with hands-on experience—skills that are sure to give you an edge over your peers when it comes time to look for a job. If you are able to be a part of our team and decide to continue in the advanced course, you will be agreeing to serve your country for a total of 8 years after graduation as an Army officer, either full-time on active duty or part-time (reserve duty) while pursuing your civilian career—your choice. During college your training will consist of:
Here are a few extracurricular opportunities offered:
Think you’re ready?
If you have a desire to learn, lead and serve, we want to talk to you. We specifically look for students who meet or exceed as many of these requirements as possible:
Getting you through school
The Army offers opportunities to compete for a variety of scholarships, including 2, 3, and 4-year awards that provide 100% of the tuition and fees annually! In addition, contracted cadets earn a $300–$500 monthly stipend and $1200 a year for books. Anyone with at least two full years of graduate or undergraduate studies remaining may apply. Other scholarship options are also available. Nursing students who enroll in ROTC are eligible for scholarships that will begin their professional military careers in the Army Nurse Corps.
For more information
Contact the Rolling Thunder Battalion at (630) 752-5977 or Lieutenant Colonel Lars Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org.