The purpose of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps program is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and to motivate young people to become better citizens. Students who become cadets simultaneously earn their baccalaureate degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

The Rolling Thunder Battalion, located at Wheaton College, is a cooperative effort between the Army and Lewis University to provide junior officer leadership in the interest of national security. The Rolling Thunder Battalion cadre provides leadership training and practical experience designed to develop the traits essential to achieving a high degree of success in military, and civilian pursuits. Coursework can be taken at both Lewis University and Wheaton College.

Student Talk

  • Brian Marquez

    "Choosing ROTC was the right decision for me because I have always been intrigued in serving our country. As far as ROTC here at Lewis, we are one of the top tier programs in the nation, and our awards and our lieutenants are proof of it. It also has a flight program, which not many schools in the state of Illinois have."

  • Ken Nakanishi

    "I choose Air Force ROTC because this way I can serve my country, and at the same time I can fly airplanes, which is something I've always wanted to do."