Training in Army ROTC prepares you for a lifetime of challenges in the military and in the civilian world. The training cadets receive includes time management, stress management, military skills, land navigation, and battle drills.
You do not have to make a commitment to Army ROTC to gain from its training program. We offer courses at the freshman and sophomore level that are available to all students.
The first two years are referred to as the Basic Course and is designed to provide you with the fundamentals of leadership, military history, practical experience, and a foundation in ethics and self-discipline. Any student interested in participating in ROTC and enrolling in the military science leadership classes may do so and incur no service obligation. Incoming freshmen scholarship recipients (aka “Contracted Cadets”) with enter the program by taking the first two years of Military Science Courses, known as the the Basic Course. These classes meet twice a week and teach the fundamentals of leadership and the values upon which the Army is built. For contracted cadets, physical training in also conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. A hands-on lab, where cadets practice their practical and leadership skills, meets once a week for two hours. Weekly time requirements in ROTC for contracted cadets are approximately eight hours a week.
Military Science 100 Level Courses (Freshman Year):
-Foundations of Officership: 1 Credit
Student will learn the Basic Fundamentals of Army Leadership and explore the different branches of the Army. Students will participate in class discussions and learn the Army Values and Leadership Dimensions as well as enhance their skills in decision making, problem solving and communication.
-Basic Leadership: 1 Credit
Continuation of the Foundations of Officership, this class further explores the decision making process and problem solving techniques as well as expands students’ understanding of military leadership and general Army knowledge.
-Leadership Lab 1A: 1 Credit
This leadership lab is a two-hour practical exercise where the fundamentals taught during lecture are put to use. Students will engage in a number of activities both indoors and outdoors that include working as a team and learning how to follow the leadership of the junior and senior cadets. This class meets once a week for two hours.
-Leadership Lab 1B: 1 Credit
- Physical Well-being
The second two years are referred to as the Advanced Course. During your Junior and Senior years in college, you are exposed to leadership and tactical training that provides you with the fundamentals of leadership. Participation in the Advanced Course is the first official step towards obtaining a commission, and cadets enrolled are contracted to serve within either the Reserve Forces or the Active Army. The advanced course includes approximately 3 elective credits that should count towards your major.
In between your Junior and Senior Year, you will attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, Washington. This is a paid summer training program that enables cadets to demonstrate their skills in hands on practical training with other cadets from around the nation. Successful completion of LDAC is a major step toward becoming an officer in the United States Army. During the final year of the Advanced Course, you will serve as an officer on the cadet staff as well as serve as an instructor for your fellow cadets. You will teach them the valuable lessons that you have already learned and improve your own leadership skills in the process.
- Army Profession: Officership
- Army Operations
- Personal Development
- Physical Well-being
- Leadership and Problem Solving
- Values and Ethics
Contracted cadets may also be given extra training opportunities at posts around the country.