Skip to main content

Bulldog Battalion: Gonzaga's Military Science Department Marches on: Female Cadets

Case 3: Women Cadets

Case 3: Women Cadets

Since 1976 when women joined ROTC, the female Cadets have added to the prestige and to the ROTC tradition.   The level at which Gonzaga trained its Cadets has remained the same over the years.  The first women Cadets at Gonzaga University rose above and beyond the expectations placed before them.  Throughout the years, the women Cadets have continued to excel and lead the Bulldog Battalion to continue nationally recognized success and achievements.

Women at Fort Lewis, 1970s

Women at Fort Lewis, 1970s

Women Ranger Team Guidon, late 1980’s to mid 2000’s

Women Ranger Team Guidon, late 1980’s to mid 2000’s

The Ranger Challenge is a squad level multitasked event in which teams compete with other schools across the region. Some events include a 10K Foot March with 35 lb pack and weapon, Land Navigation, One Rope Bridge, Army Physical Fitness Test, and Hand Grenade Assault Course.

ROTC Green Team, 1997–1998

ROTC Green Team, 1997–1998

L to R Front: Anne Cain, Jen. Gence, Jolene Glosenger, Sam Mitchell. Back: Nam Lee, Diana Gamble, Mandy Gerding, Jen Corey, Lindsay Ramsey, Bryn Clothier, Kelly O’Rourke, Sgt. Claude Hansard

[gp_spub1998_2321_04]

Task Force Palouse Ranger Challenge Competition First Place Women's Division Trophy, 1997

 Task Force Palouse Ranger Challenge Competition First Place Women's Division Trophy, 1997

Women Rangers Training, 1998

Women Rangers Training, 1998

Amanda Gerding, Diana Gamble, Sam Mitchell, Bryn Clothier

[gp_spub_2321_03]

Color Guard in Martin Centre, 2000

Color Guard in Martin Centre, 2000

[gp_spub_2619_01]

ROTC Cadet on Rope Bridge, 2003

ROTC Cadet on Rope Bridge, 2003

[gp_spub_4220_01]

Three Cadets at Ropes Course, 2008 – 2009

Three Cadets at Ropes Course, 2008 – 2009

[gp_sd1414_04}

Field Training Exercise, 2008 – 2009

Field Training Exercise, 2008 – 2009

[gp_sd1414_03]

 

Scrubs and Medical Equipment, 2008 to present

 Scrubs and Medical Equipment, 2008 to present

Gonzaga University Army ROTC Nursing Cadets have and continue to be a breed above the average Cadet.  In addition to the strenuous course load in working toward their Bachelor degree in Nursing, they are held to the same rigorous standards as other Cadets in order to commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army.  It is not uncommon for a Nursing Cadet to spend the morning in the sterile environment of a hospital making rounds for their clinicals, then be in charge of a squad size element conducting tactical battle drills against an opposing force in the woods that afternoon.  Having done all that, their evening is spent studying and preparing for another day in the classroom.

Gonzaga ROTC Nursing Materials

Gonzaga ROTC Nursing Materials

Gonzaga ROTC Nursing Folder, no date

First Aid Field Manual, Dec. 2002

Nursing Reference Guide, 1980s

Nursing Reference Guide, 2009