Present Day

With the entrance of women into ROTC in 1973, the Fighting Illini Battalion had the distinct honor of commissioning the first woman through ROTC. Throughout its history, the University of Illinois has consistently trained high-quality leaders for duty in the US Armed Forces. Cadets can be proud of being a part of the distinguished heritage of the Fighting Illini Battalion. Today, former cadets continue to forge history across the globe in places like India, Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Just a fraction of the contributions to this nation are highlighted in the Battalionโ€™s Hall of Fame. Stay on the net for updates from Alumni leaving a proud โ€œIlliniโ€ footprint across the globe!