Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition, and provide other monetary benefits.  The best part of the ROTC program is that it allows you to have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

November Cadet of the Month: Josie Thurman

Cadet Josie Thurman

Josie Thurman is a National Guard SMP Cadet in her third year of Military Science in our program. She currently majors in Aviation Management.

Cadet Thurman has completed several events and qualifications during her military career. She has completed Airborne School at Fort Benning, completed the notorious 18.6 mile Norwegian Foot March and attained the highest level of award given while competing for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

Cadet Thurman was awarded November Cadet of the Month for her strong presence as a leader and extensive knowledge of tactical operations. During our 3-day field training exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), she led the most successful mission of the weekend. Cadet Thurman managed to sustain the least amount of casualties and accomplished the objective with time to spare, all while getting out information quickly and clearly to subordinates.

Her post-undergraduate plans consist of branching into the Army's aviation branch and working in the civilian aviation world with helicopters or for an airline.

Cadet Thurman on how ROTC has impacted her life, "ROTC has broadened my horizons greatly and has improved my leadership in many aspects." When asked to comment on advice for new cadets in the program, "Make the most of your experiences in whatever you do and have fun doing it!"

In her free time, she enjoys exercising and having fun! Not to mention she's also the head of Purdue Army ROTC's Pathfinders club. Pathfinders is an Army-exclusive Cross-fit club that focuses on constantly challenging cadets to exceed all physical standards.


Purdue Army ROTC would like to congratulate her on her service and cannot wait to see what she does next for her country, community and our program!


This 15-credit minor is designed specifically for Army ROTC students.