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October 10, 2012

Wheaton's ROTC to Host Open House

The Wheaton College Rolling Thunder Battalion is hosting an Open House on Thursday, October 11 offering two opportunities to experience life as an Army ROTC cadet.

Members of the community can join cadets in their early morning Physical Training from 6-7:30 a.m. and practice leadership skills with the cadets as they work through Field Squad Tactics from 3:15-6 p.m.

Scholarship and enrollment officer Gregory Caruso says the open house is designed to give participants a small taste of military life—starting with its physical and mental demands.

“Our physical training activities can be more demanding than many other athletic activities,” he says. “Participants will feel what it’s like to push themselves to the limit.”

The field squad tactics exercise will provide an opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills. “People will get to see how the military decision-making process works at the level of a team or squad,” Caruso says. “They’ll experience the teamwork and brotherhood we experience. It’s all about helping each other out—that’s what we’re hoping to give the community a taste of.”

Those interested should meet at Jenks Hall, located at 433 Howard Street in Wheaton. A host cadet will help guide participants through the training. There is no charge for this event, but registration is requested by Wednesday, October 10.

The Rolling Thunder Batallion includes students from Wheaton College, Benedictine University, Aurora University, North Central College, Lewis University, the University of St. Francis, and Elmhurst College.

Wheaton College’s ROTC program celebrated its 60th anniversary this past spring; several of its cadets recently attended the Leader’s Training Course, the premier leadership program of its kind in the United States. 

For more information about the open house, or to RSVP, email Cadet Tiffany Carlson at


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