ROTC-Department of Military Science
The Department of Military Science began in 1980 as an extension center of the University of Illinois with one instructor and 45 students. To date, over 350 students have been commissioned as officers in the Army after completing this program. The Eastern Illinois University Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion is a program of leadership, management, and military skills training. The program's mission is to provide commissioned officers for the active Army, the Army Reserve, and the Illinois Army National Guard. Army ROTC helps students be successful during college and after graduation. Courses and extra-curricular activities help the student gain confidence, self-discipline, and skills necessary to succeed in school and in the workplace. Although the Department of Military Science budget is provided by federal government and university resources, private funding is still needed to deliver high quality training to cadets as they develop skills and enter leadership positions in the military.
Need: Physical Readiness Training Apparatus and Equipment
The United States Army has always recognized that the effectiveness of Soldiers depends largely on their physical condition. The rigors of military service place a premium on a Soldier's strength, stamina, agility, resiliency, and coordination. To march long distances in fighting load through rugged country and to fight effectively upon arriving at the area of combat; to drive fast-moving tanks and motor vehicles over rough terrain; to assault; to run and crawl for long distances; to jump in and out of craters and trenches; and to jump over obstacles; to lift and carry heavy objects; to keep going for many hours without sleep or rest—all these activities of warfare and many others require superb physical conditioning. Traditional calisthenics and body-weight exercises can only go so far in achieving optimum fitness. Additional equipment is essential to maximize results.
Funding is needed to construct a combination pull-up, inclined sit-up, and rope climb apparatus on campus. Additionally, off-the-shelf fitness equipment, such as jump ropes, kettle balls, medicine balls, and plyo boxes, is required for the execution of comprehensive cadet fitness routines. This equipment will allow the program to train cadets at developing strength, endurance and mobility -- and ultimately ensure they are physically capable and ready to perform their future duty assignments in the United States Army.
Need: Cadet Opportunity Fund
Teamwork is an integral part of the military experience at EIU. Funds are needed for cadets to experience training, leadership, and team building opportunities above and beyond those contained in the normal curriculum and those which are funded by the federal government. These opportunities include events such as:
Bataan Memorial Death March. Cadets can form teams to compete in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. This grueling 26.2 mile run/march is in honor of those brave servicemen who were forced to endure the real Bataan Death March in the Philippines during WWII. Cadets who compete in this event gain a deeper appreciation for those who have served before them and share the lessons and memories of an experience which will last a lifetime.
German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. ROTC Cadets can earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. This prestigious foreign award can be earned by all Allied soldiers, including U.S. Army Cadets. To earn the badge, cadets must complete a list of physical requirements such as swimming and track and field events, and Soldier tasks such as demonstrating accurate marksmanship skills and marching with a rucksack.
Army 10-Miler. An EIU ROTC team can participate and compete in the Army 10-Miler in Washington, DC. This race is the Army’s premier running event and is the third largest 10-mile race in the world with over 35,000 attendees.
The creation of a Cadet Opportunity Fund would provide the necessary resources to support these events and activities. Our Cadets average over 16 academic hours per semester and many are part or full-time employees. Cadet fundraisers use additional time and resources, and often negatively impact recruiting and retention. We can ask less of our cadets in terms of fund raising time, and allow them the ability to attend events which will enhance their overall experience on the path towards commissioning in the United States Army.