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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Welcome from the Department Chairperson

Welcome to the Maverick Army ROTC Program, and the best leadership course in America!

Do you want to be thrust into a dynamic, challenging and rewarding leadership position immediately after graduating from the university, instead of slogging away for years to reach a position of real responsibility? Do you want to join one of the most esteemed institutions in America? Do you want to join an organization where your advancement is based solely on your job performance and commitment, and not by who you know or your connections? Are you interested in pushing yourself to achieve and do more than you ever thought you could? If you answered yes to any of these, then becoming an Army officer through Army ROTC could be the answer, and the Maverick Battalion Army ROTC wants to talk to you.

LTC contracts three CadetsWith cadets from Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU), Gustavus Adolphus College (GAC) and Bethany Lutheran College (BLC), the Maverick Battalion program produces highly trained and qualified Second Lieutenants for the U.S. Army. Our graduates serve in the Active Duty Army, National Guard, and Army Reserves. Some of our graduates serve 20-year careers in the active Army, others meet their initial service obligation and then join the civilian workforce (corporations love to hire ex-military officers for their leadership and management skills), while others stay in the Minnesota area as citizen-soldiers in the Guard or Reserves.

We are one of 270 Army ROTC programs scattered across America. Historically, we are a medium-sized ROTC program, but our graduates are among the very best this nation produces. Our graduates serve in one of 16 exciting Army officer specialties, including Infantry, Field Artillery, Armor, Military Intelligence, Adjutant General, Transportation, and Army Nurse Corps. We provide college elective courses that will expand your leadership skills. We send our cadets to structured and challenging leadership internships known as National Advanced Leadership Camp and Leaders Training Course each year. We also offer exciting summer training/internship opportunities for our most committed cadets, including Airborne, Air Assault, Nurse Summer Training, and Cadet Troop Leader Training. We provide daily mentoring to ensure our cadets graduate with a degree, a prerequisite for commissioning.

If you are a freshman or sophomore and aren't sure if service to the nation as an Army officer is right for you, give our MSL 100 and 200 level courses a try. These are totally non-obligation and open to any university student. Our MSL 300 and 400 level courses are only for those committed to the program and becoming an Army Officer.

If you're up to the challenge of becoming an Army officer and are committed to excellence, I look forward to having you join our program.

Go Mavericks!