About the Battalion
A Great Past - A Better Future
EKU ARMY ROTC
The Eastern Kentucky University Colonel's Battalion has the mission to help develop the leaders of tomorrow.
Military training was first introduced to the old "Central University" in Richmond, Kentucky in 1892. The Reserve Officers' Training Corps was officially established on the campus of Eastern Kentucky State College in 1936.
Official EKU SROTC Insignia
In March of 1937, the Military Science Department, with the aid of the Art Department, received approval from the Headquarters Department of the Army for the school patch or Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. It consisted of a maroon silhouette of Daniel Boone standing at the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains; the shield is a background of white. The patch is still proudly worn by Cadets today. The Eastern Kentucky University SROTC program had its Shoulder Loop Insignia authorized on June 6, 1974 by the Institute of Heraldry.
The Colonels' Battalion
Since commissioning the first eleven cadets in 1940, Eastern Kentucky University's "COLONELS' BATTALION" ROTC program has produced over 2,050 Second Lieutenants for duty in the army.
Today the "Colonels Battalion" continues to stand for Leadership Excellence and the long tradition of being one of the best ROTC programs in the nation.