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Military Science/ROTC Program

The Army ROTC program exists to develop and commission officers for the United States Army. This program is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army, Gonzaga University and Whitworth University and can be completed alongside any academic discipline. As a cadet, you'll participate in classroom instruction, leadership labs and field training exercises in order to develop key skills and knowledge. Above all, you'll have fun, build a close community and become a leader equipped to serve others.

Why participate in military science/ROTC at Whitworth?

  • Get hands-on field experience at airborne, mountaineering and jungle schools; at Advanced Camp; and in the nurse summer training program.
  • Experience other cultures through unique study-abroad opportunities. Students in this program go to foreign countries for the Cultural Understanding Leadership Program and train with Army units around the world.
  • Connect your faith or worldview to your learning. The Army is a values-based organization, and students are able to practice their faith however they desire.
  • Get to know your professors and peers. You'll spend time with professors and other ROTC students inside and outside of the classroom building a tight-knit community.
  • Receive holistic mentoring. ROTC staff and faculty are committed to helping you grow academically and personally.
  • Compete against other schools as part of the Ranger Challenge team. You'll train rigorously and compete in events like written land navigation, basic rifle marksmanship and night orienteering.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our military science/ROTC grads make a difference (and get jobs)

ROTC grads are prepared to be commissioned as active-duty second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Graduates can serve in branches like infantry, armor, logistics, intelligence, aviation and finance.

Recent placements include:

  • Brandon Brown, military entrance processing command, U.S. Army
  • Sophia Carter, medical corps, Washington Army National Guard
  • Matthew Helder, policy analyst, Washingon State House of Representatives
  • Jacob Goree, Army Aviation School student, U.S. Army

Ask our faculty

Ask Col. Sheahan

Retired Col. Daniel Sheahan is the MSI (freshmen) instructor and specializes in logistics.

Ask Lt. Col. Westfield

Retired Lt. Col. Alan Westfield, Ph.D., is a recruiting/enrollment officer and the MSIII (junior) instructor. He also coaches the Ranger Challenge team.

Ask Lt. Col. Adams

Lt. Col. Edward Adams is a professor of military science and trained Blackhawk pilot. He specializes in aviation.

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