Join the Battalion

How to join the Eagle Battalion

Eastern Michigan's Army ROTC program offers a minor in Military Science and Leadership. There is no commitment to the military by taking the course, just the excitement of learning the art and science of leadership while building bonds with other future leaders! 

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    Each year thousands of High School students apply to the United States Army Cadet Command Scholarship program. The U.S. Army Cadet Command awards both 4 year and 3 year scholarships via a National ROTC scholarship process. The ROTC National Scholarship process is independent from your college application process. Candidates for an ROTC scholarship can request up to seven school choices. The Eagle Battalion also awards 3 year and 2 year scholarships to students enrolled in our program. Learn more on our Scholarship page, at Army ROTC or by contacting Mr. Phil Parrish at Eastern Michigan University Army ROTC.
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     Our mission as student leaders at EMU is to provide cadets the necessary skills and leadership training to become officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard and to motivate young people to become better citizens. Military Science and Leadership (MSL) courses develop leadership through classes and field training exercises. MSL courses provide you with the tools to become an Army Officer and/or a successful civilian leader without interfering with your other classes. Those that desire to serve as an Army Officer after graduation can earn money for tuition while enhancing their college experience.
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    Your military experience could fulfill your credit requirements for the ROTC Basic Courses (MSL-100 & 200). This means that, if credit is granted and you are not on a Army ROTC 3-year scholarship, you can skip the freshman and sophomore years of ROTC and enroll directly in the Advanced Course (MSL-300).

    Army ROTC is a great deal. It's an even better deal for Veterans like you. Army ROTC helps you apply what you've already learned to new situations, and trains you for a leadership role. You'll receive a commission, and your previous active duty enlisted time will count toward both pay and retirement.

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    Eastern Michigan is one of the top Military Friendly Colleges in the country and has a great Green to Gold ROTC program. If you want to become an officer, take the following steps:

    - Determine which Green to Gold option you want and are eligible for.

    - Contact us to verify your academic eligibility, advise you through the process and get your application fee waived.

    - Apply to Eastern Michigan (Contact us first to waive your application fee)

    -Submit your JST for review, selecting Eastern Michigan.  Recent G2G EMU Cadets have received up to 114 credit hours for their military service! 

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    The SMP allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as officer trainees in the Army Reserve or National Guard at the Pay Grade of E-5/SGT while completing college. You can earn Army Reserve/National Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.

Commissioning Requirements

  • Complete Bachelors or Masters Degree
  • Complete MS 300 and 400 Level classes (16 Credit Hours total)
  • Complete Military History (HST364: 3 CHs)
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Pass Physical Fitness and Medical screening