The Fox Valley ROTC Battalion provides highly developed leaders to corporate America and the Army. College students from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Saint Norbert College, Ripon College, Marian University, Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay join together to supplement their college experience by exercising practical leadership skills in both classroom and off-site exercises. Over one hundred students are working to improve their marketability by earning a Military Science minor while in college.
Nationally, 270 ROTC programs offer the ROTC program and provide the majority of commissioned officers entering the Army on a part- time (National Guard and Army Reserve) or full-time basis. The Fox Valley Battalion offers a wide spectrum of opportunities to college students. The battalion's six schools offer various specialized degree programs, allow students to select a community (and university) matching their desires, and provide a quality education at various financial costs.
Financing a student's education is always a consideration. The Army awarded scholarships to more than forty percent of the ROTC students in the Fox Valley Battalion. The ROTC scholarships provide full tuition, textbooks, lab fees, and a living expenses (vary per year of student). The private schools offer additional financial assistance for our scholarship winners as well. The program offers two, three and four year scholarships to prospective students and students on campus.
The ROTC program is divided into the Basic and Advanced Program. Incoming students take one Military Science class and lab each semester. Successful completion of the Basic Program is required prior to acceptance into the Advanced Program. Students without prior military service can earn Basic Program credit by attending a five-week (all expenses paid plus $650) Leaders Training Course prior to their junior year.
Prior service military members and current National Guard/Reserve soldiers who have completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training are credited with completion of the Basic Program. Interested Reserve/ National Guard soldiers can enroll in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) at the beginning of their Junior year to increase their benefits and earn a commission in the Army.
Advanced Program students continue their development with a leadership class and lab each semester during the Junior and Senior years. Students get to demonstrate their acquired skills during their leadership assessment at the Advanced Camp (all expenses paid plus $650) between their Junior and Senior year. The assessment is used to assist in placing students who were selected into the Advanced Program and have committed to serving in the Active Army, National Guard or Army Reserve. They will serve on active duty for three to four years and complete the remainder of their obligation in the Guard, Reserve, or Inactive Ready Reserves. Provisions exist so individuals can be guaranteed assignment in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve after four to six months on active duty for training.
Specialized training is available to ROTC students. In the past, Fox Valley Battalion students attend internships (State Department), leadership training (Cadet Training Leadership Training), preceptor training (Nurses Summer Training Program), and adventure training (Airborne School, Air Assault School, Northern Warfare Training in Alaska, etc.,). Student travel expenses are paid while attending the training around the world ( Germany, Alaska, Korea, and the Continental U.S.).
Student life is enhanced through the friendship and teamwork stressed within the program. A dedicated cadre of instructors is available to assist the students. The student leadership in the ROTC program provides one-on-one mentorship to make the transition to college life easier. Each university offers a wide variety of athletic, academic, and social activities to the students. The Army ROTC program also offers additional opportunities (competitive marksmanship team, Ranger Challenge, and social functions).
Contact Mr. Kent Sorensen at (920)424-3417/3400