General Info

The fire battalion is the Army ROTC Program for the city of Chicago, with headquarters at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our students attend their university classes at several 4-year universities in Metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana. University Illinois at Chicago is the host school and the extention center schools are Illinois Institue of Technology, Robert Morris University, Chicago State University, Indiana University Northwest, and Purdue University Calumet. But you can also be part of the ROTC program by attending University of Chicago, Columbia College, Roosevelt University, St. Xaiver University, Northwood University, and Ressurection University College of Nursing, but you must attend your military class at University Illinois at Chicago. As a Cadet in Army ROTC, you will test your limits and learn what it means to be ARMY STRONG through training in leadership, tactics, national security, and effective communication. On completion on your degree you will commisson as a 2LT into the United States Army where the real adventure starts. See future career options.


A way to pay for college

Scholarships and stipends in Army ROTC help you focus on what's important. Namely, getting that college degree -- not how you'll pay for it.

Army ROTC Scholarships

Whether you're a college bund high school student, transferring to IIT from another university, or already attending IIT, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded on a student's merit and grades, not financial need.

Army ROTC scholarships consist of:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees

Army ROTC Scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school eyar. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the army ROTC curriculum:

  • 1st year, $300 per month
  • 2nd year, $350 per month
  • 3rd year, $450 per month
  • 4th year, $500 per month

This allowance is also available to all non-scholarship Cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (3rd and 4th years).

IIT Room and Board Scholarship

All ROTC students at IIT are eligible to receive the ROTC R&B Scholarship. This scholarship covers:

  • Housing and Meal plan coverage for contracted cadets is equivalent to the cost of a standard double room in McCormick Student Village
  • Coverage of remaining room and board costs after Federal Pell and/or SEOG grants are applied

Fire Battalion History

On, 25 April 1947, then Chief of Staff of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower signed general Orders 91 creating the ROTC on the University of Illinois Urbana Campus. Because the old Navy Pier campus was an extension of the University of Illinois, the ROTC detachment at Navy pier was officially part of the University of Illinois program. ROTC Flourished during the post WWII years. The Fire Battalion’s history indicates a cadet battalion enrollment reaching 600 cadets during the early 1950s. In 1965, the university campus moved from Navy Pier to its present location offering courses in four colleges to about 5000 students. The Vietnam Years, 1965-1975 the Fire Battalion was still a detachment of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana campus. In 1973, pursuant to Department of the Army Guidance women were allowed into the ROTC Program. Around 1976 UIC Fire Battalion was officially designated a Battalion separate and distinct from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 1978, a staff study, nicknamed the subway study was conducted by the Loyola Instructor Group at the behest of the Second region Commander. The study was designed to test the feasibility of tying all the Chicago Area Programs together using the subway-rapid transit system. The idea was abandoned due to excessive travel times for students. Under President Reagan, during the Cold War years of the1980′s, the program was reinvigorated and many of the cities smaller schools and universities were cross-enrolling in the UIC ROTC program. 17 May 1991, The Loyola-DePaul Battalion commissioned their last 5 cadets and folded its colors for the last time. The Fire Battalion assumed responsibility for the cross-enrolled students from Loyola and DePaul Universities (now Rambler Battalion) as well as Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University. The later two schools were official extensions of the Loyola Battalion. In 1996, the Fire Battalion became the host ROTC unit for all of the Chicago Area. Chicago State University folded its colors as did Illinois Institute of Technology. With the closing of these last two Chicago area detachments, the Fire Battalion now was the only Battalion in Chicago.