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University of Wyoming Cowboy Battalion

Cowboy Battalion Parents

Welcome to the University of Wyoming Army ROTC Cowboy Battalion!  Here you will find information regarding the program and what it means for your child.  Below are some FAQ's and also links to get more information.  Further down there are links to our activities pages so you can see your future officer in action.  Don't forget to check out the calendar to see about our upcoming events. 

What is Army ROTC?

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes.  It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment.  Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition, too.  You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be an Officer in the Army.

What do you do in Army ROTC?

The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses.  It involves one elective class and lab each semester.  At the University of Wyoming you will have one hour of class once a week and as a sophomore you'll have an hour class twice a week.  Everyone participates in Lab which is on Wednesday's from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  You will learn basic military skills, the fundamentals of leadership, and start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader.  You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.

The Freshman Year:  Preparing for Success as an Army Officer

The Sophomore Year:  Innovative Team Leadership

  • Applied Leadership Theory
  • Communications
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses.  It includes one elective class and lab each semester, plus a summer leadership camp which is held at Ft. Knox, KY for 29 days.  As a junior and senior you have three hours of class per week plus lab.  You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making.  Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

Junior Year:  Leading Small Tactical Units

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Team Dynamics and Peer Leadership
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Senior Year:  Applied Leadership Experience

  • Training the Force
  • Military Justice
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Personnel Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

What is my commitment after ROTC?

Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.

  • Scholarship winners have an 8 year commitment, but you can choose a combination of Active Duty (4 or 8yrs) and Army National Guard and Reserve duty (8yrs or your second 4yrs after being active)
  • Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career
  • Cadets who are already in the National Guard can choose to stay in the NG or go Active Duty

What Scholarships are Available?

We have several options including 4yr high school and on-campus scholarships as well as 2 and 3 year options for  those who are not eligible as freshmen.  There are also many options for Army National Guard Soldiers to be part of ROTC through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).  See our Scholarships page or our Guard and Reserve Soldiers page for more detailed information.

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