Cadet Life

As a Cadet in the Eastern Oregon University Army ROTC, you will have the chance to participate in a wide variety of activities and the opportunity to enhance your skills as a soldier and as a leader.

Cadets meet to conduct physical exercise in order to develop, enhance, and challenge each cadet’s physical abilities. Exercises often consist of distance running, sprinting, endurance workouts for the chest and abdominal muscles, crossfit training, rope climbing, and the standard push-ups and sit-ups. Additionally, a cadet’s condition will be tested each term. This development and testing of physical endurance is a crucial part of the cadet’s future Army career.

Cadets attend classes just like their fellow students, but their schedule is augmented with an exclusive course on leadership offered by the Military Science Department. Cadets attend the following courses:

  • Freshman Year:  Foundations in Leadership 1-3 —  Overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback and using effective writing skills. Students begin to explore leadership dimensions and values. One 50 minute classes per week.
  • Sophomore Year:  Leadership in a Changing Environment 1-3 —  Examine the challenges of leading In complex contemporary operational environments. Dimensions of the cross-cultural challenges of leadership in a constantly changing world and their application to leadership tasks and situations. Case studies and Importance of teamwork and tactics In real world settings. Three 50 minute classes per week.
  • Junior Year:  Situational Leadership 1-3 —  Study of intense situational leadership challenges to build student awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members when “under fire” are explored, evaluated, and developed. Three 50 minute classes per week. Weekly 3-hour labs per quarter.
  • Senior Year:  Leadership in a Complex World 1-3 —  Explores the dynamics of leading In the complex situations of current military operations. Students examine differences In customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war and rules of engagement In the face of International terrorism. Aspects of Interacting with non-governmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support are examined and evaluated. Three 50 minute classes per week. Weekly 3-hour labs per quarter.

Cadets also take a course on American Military History to satisfy their ROTC course requirements. Here, cadets will undergo land navigation practice and other valuable, exciting training events. Finally, cadets function within their own chain of command, serving in leadership positions to supervise, develop, and assist their peers. Each cadet is assigned a mentor from the preceding class, creating a network of trust and advice that other students do not experience. Cadets will also complete situational training exercises (STX) during Fall and Spring term.