Curriculum

Basic Course: 1st & 2nd Year

TWO YEARS THAT WILL PREPARE YOU FOR YEARS TO COME

There is no commitment to join the US Army during your first two years of ROTC.

The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class and lab each semester along with the requisite physical training and field training exercises. You will learn basic military skills, the fundamentals of leadership and start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.

FRESHMAN YEAR: PREPARING FOR SUCCESS

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Army Leadership
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Goal Setting and Accomplishment
  • Health and Physical Fitness

SOPHOMORE YEAR: THE ROLE OF AN OFFICER

Topics covered include:

  • Applied Leadership Theory
  • Communications
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Advance Course: 3rd & 4th Year

GRADUATE COLLEGE WITH A DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP

Cadets, if they choose to continue with ROTC, will contract into the US Army.

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class and lab each semester in addition to the requisite physical training and field training exercises, plus a summer leadership camp. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. To benefit from the leadership training in the Advanced Course, all Cadets must have completed either the Basic Course or have attended the Leader's Training Course. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

JUNIOR YEAR: LEADING SMALL TACTICAL UNITS

Topics covered include:

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Team Dynamics and Peer Leadership
  • Military Operations and Tactics

SENIOR YEAR: TRANSITION TO BECOMING AN OFFICER

Topics covered include:

  • Training the Force
  • Military Justic
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Personnel Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

CADET LEADERSHIP COURSE / ADVANCE CAMP

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Cadet Leadership Course. It's a five-week summer program to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place in the summer between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Completion of this program is necessary in order to commission.

CADET INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING / BASIC CAMP

Freshmen and sophomores have the opportunity to further their training at Basic Camp. If a cadet joins late into the process, Basic Camp may become a requirement. This course normally takes place in the summer between your freshmen and sophomore years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Completion of this program is not necessary in order to commission.