Since 1892, Army ROTC—the Cougar Battalion—has continuously been a key part of what is now Washington State University.

The Department of Military Science was one of the eight original departments at the Washington Agricultural College. Military science courses were required for all male students as part of the Morrill Land Grant Act until 1976, when an all-volunteer military was established. An estimated 10,000 students have participated as cadets and WSU ROTC has produced over 7,000 lieutenants for the US Army.

Timeline of WSU Army ROTC (PDF)


Notable Cougar Battalion cadets

Brianna Kostecka – Along with Lucas LeMaster and Thomas Schuett who received their commissions last fall as US Army lieutenants from Washington State University (see “Army Strong), Brianna Kostecka was a third cadet commissioned whose ceremony occurred later in February. She was an Airborne class honor graduate in 2021. Here is a little more about her as found on an 8th Brigade Army ROTC Facebook post.


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