Military Science and ROTC

About the Wolfpack: Happenings, History & Newsletter

The Wolfpack Battalion consistently produces successful cadets and has been acclaimed for its program, centered at JCU. Praise for the Wolfpack:

  • Top ROTC program in the State of Ohio.
  • Top ROTC program at a private university in footprint of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Michigan.
  • Top ROTC program at a religious school in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Michigan.

The Wolfpack Battalion encompasses cadets from the following schools: 

Cleveland State University

Case Western Reserve University

Ursuline College

Baldwin Wallace College

Hiram College

Oberlin College

Notre Dame College

John Carroll University established the Military Science Department, also known as the Army ROTC Battalion, on April 3rd, 1950. The first Cadet was sworn in as a Second Lieutenant in June 1951 and we continue to produce officers for the US Army today.  This program has produced thousands of exceptional leaders of character for service to our nation.

The Army ROTC Battalion in Cleveland is also known as the Wolfpack Detachment.  John Carroll University hosts the program, but Cadets come from schools throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area.  The primary partnered and affiliated schools are Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace University, Hiram College, Notre Dame College, and Ursuline College. Military Science courses our taught at John Carroll University, Cleveland State University and Case Western University.

The Wolfpack Detachment takes great pride in the quality of leaders it develops.  The program assists each Cadet in finding their most effective leadership style through assigned leadership positions and challenging experiences.  We are extremely effective in doing this. Our graduates place above the national average in Army service component and branch choices.  We also have several alumni that attained General Officer rank and corporate executive positions within the private sector.

The strength of a wolf in nature resides in the pack surrounding it, and so does the strength of the Cadets in the Wolfpack Battalion.  The Wolfpack is most effective when working as a team, and the team makes every individual better.  The same approach applies within this detachment as we invest together in the success of each other academically, physically, and mentally.

Our mission statements says it best, “The Wolfpack Battalion educates and trains Cadets to be adaptive, problem solving, and innovative leaders of character, able to thrive in adversity, with the professional competencies to commission as an Officer and for service to the Nation.”

Whether one stays in the military or not, the Wolfpack builds leaders of character who serve the common defense and our nation.

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