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Northwoods ROTC battalion named overall top program

The Northwoods Battalion ROTC program has been named the 2015 Overall Top Program by the 3rd Army ROTC Brigade.This is the first time the battalion has received this recognition.

The Northwoods Battalion, which includes Reserve Officer Training Corps programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout, surpassed ROTC programs at 42 college and universities in nine Midwest states and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The honor is based on a battalion’s metrics in logistics, administration, recruiting and retention, and operations. The categories of logistics, administration, recruiting and retention evaluate how a program is administered, while the operations category assesses student cadets in terms of GPA, physical fitness, and leadership as measured by their placement on the ROTC national order of merit list.

The Northwoods Battalion led all battalions in the brigade in recruiting and retention.

“I am so proud of the hard work that our cadets, cadre and staff have put in to make this a top notch program in such a short time frame,” said Lt. Col. Dave Pindell, chair of UW-Stout Department of Military Science, who oversees the Northwoods Battalion.

“This is a fitting achievement to help cap our first 10 years in existence as a program and is not possible without the support we get from each of our universities,” Pindell added.

UW-Eau Claire established an ROTC program in 2009. Partnership programs already existed at UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout. 

UW-Eau Claire ROTC cadets pursue a wide variety of academic majors while taking courses in military science and leadership. They also participate in lectures, labs, weekly physical fitness sessions, weekend leadership training, formal dining-in and military balls, German Armed Forces Badge competition and summer training opportunities as part of their ROTC training.

“Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in America,” said Pindell.

The UW-Eau Claire Army ROTC is housed within the College of Business. Learn more about the Northwoods Battalion here