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Department of Military Science

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Department of Military Science
Chick Evans Field House, Room 110 
1050 Lucinda Ave. 
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 752-ROTC (7682)
    Alt: (815) 753-6237
E-mail: niu_rotc@niu.edu

Our History

The Huskie Battalion was established by Department of the Army Order Number 81 on 17 December 1968.  Northern Illinois University granted the ROTC program its current academic status as the Department of Military Science in 1969. Since its establishment, The Huskie Battalion has commissioned over 540 Army officers.

Initially, the Huskie Battalion was part of the ROTC program based at Wheaton College, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond B. Huntington was assigned as the Professor of Military Science, and our offices were located at 235 Normal Road.  On 2 July 1969, we moved to Williston Hall.  When classes began on 15 September 1969, the Department offered ten credit hours in Military Science and we had eighty-three cadets enrolled.  This initial group of Huskie ROTC Cadets resulted in the Battalion commissioning our first 16 Lieutenants in the Spring of 1971.

In 1983, the Department became an academic element in the College of Professional Studies, and in 1986, the University approved and began to bestow a minor in Military Science along side other degrees.  As we moved into the 1990s, the Department’s academic curriculum expanded to 28 credit hours with up to four additional hours available in Physical Education.  In 1995, the College of Professional Studies became the Department of Health and Human Sciences and the ROTC program moved to the Pottinger House at 520 College View Court.  As the Department of Health and Human Sciences transformed into the College of Health and Human Sciences, the ROTC remained a stalwart element of the newly formed College.

In 2004, the Department of Military Science moved to our current location in the Chick Evans Fieldhouse and we continue to refine our academic and leadership curriculum.