Cadet Life

Members of the ranger challenge team pose with the Leprechaun mascot on the field at a football game
Ranger Challenge team recognized on the football field

Cadets in the Fighting Irish Battalion come from all across the country with the goal to graduate as commissioned officers in the Army upon graduation.  During school, they pursue a wide range of majors and participate in numerous extra-curricular activities.  In the program, we have members of varsity, club, and intramural sports along with academic and special interest clubs.  Members of the Fighting Irish Battalion are academically focused, physically fit, goal-oriented and dedicated to future service to the nation and others.  During their senior year, Cadets receive their branch of service identifying their military specialty.  

Cadet life is geared towards preparing future leads to represent themselves and the nation with honor, while simultaneously allowing them to enjoy their time as college students.  

  • “Army ROTC provides an environment that strengthens bonds and camaraderie between not just peers but subordinates and superiors as well”

    — Sian Mignot, St. Mary’s College ‘25, International Business
  • “My favorite part about ROTC is the comradery and connections you form through the program. I get to spend time with a highly motivated group of people that push me to be a better person."

    — Jack Schichtel, Notre Dame ‘23, Aerospace Engineering
  • “I really enjoy the sense of community here at Notre Dame. I love going to breakfast together after morning PT and participating in all the different ROTC clubs.”

    — Anne Gentine, Notre Dame ‘24, Neuroscience

Cadets playing in the annual Tri Mil Flag Football Championship
Five Army ROTC Cadets in orange row boat on Notre Dame campus lake on a sunny day.
Cadets conducting training on Zodiac boats on the campus lake, Saint Mary's