About the Corps of Cadets
Hundreds of former University Cadets have earned for themselves and their alma mater an outstanding record in both military service and in civilian business/industry. For the student with ability and willingness to devote the time and effort required for rigorous training, participation in the Corps offers an excellent opportunity to acquire a degree in a chosen field of study while simultaneously earning an officer’s commission in the United States Army, either active, guard or reserve. Cadets who choose not to commission may still earn either a minor in Military Leadership or a Certificate of Leadership, depending on which courses they take.
The Corps is organized similar to an Army light brigade and is currently more than 700 Cadets assigned. It has two battalions of three companies each and a headquarters company comprised of the brigade staff and several special teams. Each battalion has three companies; each company has three platoons; each platoon has four squads. Therefore, the Cadet company provides the structure around which students in leadership positions solve problems, give orders, maintain accountability and compete in athletic and tactical contests. All Cadets entering the Corps must successfully complete a week of Cadet basic training known as FROG Week. Similarly, all Cadets must abide by the Corps Participation Policy of the University which includes residing on campus for at least three years in designated military residence halls. The Blue Book prescribes the regulations which govern the Corps.
Ultimately, the Corps is run by Cadets themselves. It’s a no-nonsense, values-based, fast-moving, nationally prominent leadership program which is second to none! Professional Army officers and non-commissioned officers, both active and retired, coach the senior Cadet leaders in the art and science of military leadership. Cadets then use the student-led chain of command to disseminate information and to accomplish all assigned missions. Cadets compete for rank, privileges, duty positions and honors throughout their collegiate career. The end result is a highly educated leader of character ready to serve the nation as an Army officer or as a leader in a civilian field of endeavor.