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Army ROTC Training

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 committment to Army ROTC to gain from its training program. We offer courses at the freshman and sophmore level that are available to all students.

Basic Course:

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 fudamentals 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 hads-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 Leadship 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
Contintuation of the Foundations of Officership, this class furhter 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 folow 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
-Communications
-Self-confidence

Advanced Course

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.

Topics include:
- Army Profession: Officership
- Army Operations
- Personal Development
- Physical Well-being
- Leadership and Problem Solving
- Communications
- Values and Ethics
- Management

Additional Training Opportunities

Additional training opportunities are available to contracted cadets. These training opportunities generally occur over the summer and allow cadets hands on experience in the Active Duty Army world.

Airborne School

Interested in jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft? This three week course will teach you everything you need to know to be able to jump out of a plane and land on the ground ready to continue the mission. After spending two weeks learning a proper Parachute Landing Fall (PLF) and jumping from towers of various heights, the last week is spent completing five live jumps from a C-130 with increasing amounts of gear. Upon completion of these five jumps and graduation, cadets earn the right to wear Army Parachutist Badge. Availibility of this course varies from year to year and slots are assigned based on merit.

Air Assault School

This 10-day course teaches cadets to successfully "slide down a rope" out of a hovering helicopter for insertion into areas normal vehicles might have difficulty reaching. Cadets attending this course will complete an obstacle course, improve their leadership skills, complete ruck marches and learn how to properly sling load various types of equipment for Air Assault missions. Upon completion of the course, cadets earn the right to wear the Army Air Assault Badge. Much like Airborne School, the number of slots for this course varies each year and slots are assigned based on merit.

Mountain Warfare School

Cadets who seek a physically demanding and rigorous challenge in the dead of winter can elect to attend Mountain Warfare Training. Set in Jericho, VT, cadets can expect 12 hours a day of a physically and mentally demanding course where they will patrol in waist-deep snow, climb vertical crevasses and learn the skills necessary to operate effectively in difficult and hazardous terrain. This course is generally available between the Fall and Spring semesters during Winter Break, with limited availability each year.

Cadet Troop Leading Training (CTLT)

What better way to learn what it is to be a Second Lieutenant than to follow along in the footsteps of one for a few weeks? This is exactly the concept behind the CTLT program, where cadets are assigned to Active Duty Second Lieutenants in a program designed to provide hands on training to cadets in the environment they will soon find themselves in. These slots are limited to MS III's upon successful completion of LDAC and slots are available in both the United States and overseas locations. Click on the links below to read about some of our more recent cadets' experiences at CTLT.

Camp Casey, South Korea
Ft. Bliss, Texas
Ft. Carson, Colorado
Ft. Polk, Louisiana
Ft. Bamberg, Germany