Fall Welcome

Start strong—Army strong

The Bronco Battalion conducts activities in conjunction with Western Michigan University's Fall Welcome program. Cadets move into the residence halls early; have a barbecue with current cadets, cadre, alumni and family; plan their path to graduation; participate in team building exercises; and take part in a number of other informative and fun activities.

All Army ROTC cadets get to move into the residence halls on Friday morning, first period, regardless of which residence hall you are assigned, what other programs you may be involved (including Lee Honors College) in or what letter your last name begins with. At WMU, "cadet" is defined as anyone enrolled in the Military Science and Leadership class MSL 1010. Current cadets will be available to help you move in. Look for them and ask for their assistance.

We will be mailing you an information packet at the beginning of August. This packet will have some forms for you to fill out. If you have a medical exam (physical) within the last year, be sure to send us a copy. Otherwise, you will be sent to get a medical exam at your expense.

If you are in multiple programs here at WMU, we have conducted coordination with those programs so that you will know where you need to be during Fall Welcome.

Don't forget that you now have a WMU student email account. Check it regularly during the summer. That is where WMU will send all important information.

WMU Army ROTC cadets.

New and returning cadets enjoy a barbecue with family, alumni and cadre.

Meet your Fall Welcome Ambassadors

Click here to see our returning ROTC Cadets who will serve as your Fall Welcome Ambassadors

Army ROTC Fall Welcome schedule

Friday, Aug. 24

Move into residence halls

9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Move-in for all cadets. If you are signed up for MSL 1010 you can move in on Friday morning regardless of the letter your last name begins with.

Noon to 1:30p.m.: Barbecue with family/Professor of Military Science Welcome at ROTC Building

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: In-processing and team building activities

Saturday, Aug. 25

University activities all day

Sunday, Aug. 26

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: In-processing and team building activities

9:00 p.m.:  Buster's Moonlight Stampede, Formation Fun Run

Monday, Aug. 27

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Academic Advising, Brown Hall

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Noon-3:00 p.m.:  Rappelling, Bronco Rappelling Tower

Saturday, Sept. 1

9:00 a.m.-UTC: Canoe trip for those remaining on campus

* The activities listed here are ROTC-specific events that supplement the regular WMU Fall Welcome activities in which ROTC cadets should also participate.