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EIU Department of Military Science

Department of Military Science

Our mission is to recruit, retain, train and commission future Army officers.

For more than 30 years, the Alumni of the Panther Battalion have used their leadership skills in influencing, motivating and inspiring their organizations all over the world.

In Army ROTC you will learn to become a leader-not just a person who gives orders but a person who leads by example. Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means you're a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It's similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an Officer, you will lead other Soldiers in all situations and adjust to environments that are always changing. You'll be driven to achieve success with your team on every mission.

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Why Choose EIU for Military Science

What our Cadets say

EIU ROTC cadets talk about how the program has impacted their lives.

Learning and Service

Eastern Illinois University ROTC students talk about how they balance their college education with preparing for military service, the relationships they've formed with fellow ROTC members, and what attracted them to the university's highly regarded ROTC program.


On active duty, in the Army Reserves, and in the National Guard, our alumni have led soldiers on six continents. As civilian leaders, we have supported our communities, led our businesses, and developed others to be good citizens.

The Panther Battalion of Eastern Illinois University invites you to share these experiences as we share with you the accomplishments of our current cadets. Keep in touch, and let us know what you’ve been up to!

Click here for a list of our alumni.

Contact Information


Coleman 1757
Fax: 217-581-7078

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