Military uniforms, beautiful dresses, gourmet dinners, and one fun night can all be summed up into one name: Military Ball. Every year, Central Washington University’s Arnold Air Society and CWU Wildcat Battalion host a Military Ball for their cadets and guests. This formal event is not unique to CWU, in fact, the origins of Military Ball can be traced back to 1895.
During a Military Ball attendees honor Prisoners of War and Soldiers Missing in Action, give toasts to military leaders, and uphold traditional military customs. Once the receiving line has been introduced, the opening remarks given, and the tributes paid, people have their choice at several gourmet meals and begin dinner. This is followed by a guest speaker who usually shares their advice on how to smoothly transition into the leadership roles cadets are about to assume. Once the speeches have been made and all of the meals are concluded, cadets and their guests can take formal pictures with each other and are invited to show off their moves on the dance floor.
This is an awesome opportunity for cadets because it is important for them to experience these events before becoming Active Duty, and at the same time it’s an exciting evening filled with great music and dancing that’s great for relieving stress.
On 12 April 2014, Arnold Air Society and CWU Wildcat Battalion hosted the 2nd Annual Joint Military Ball. The night was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and friendship. Attendees enjoyed catered food, a cash bar, a photographer, and a dance floor! There were a total of 198 attendees, both civilian and ROTC. The honorary guest speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Feltey, gave an outstanding speech concerning not only the transition to active duty life, but also overall tips for outstanding military leadership.
In conclusion, Military Ball is a lasting tradition of the US Military. It’s important to sustain our heritage and continually push our roots deeper and deeper throughout the span of time.
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