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What is Army ROTC?

Army ROTC is a unique college elective. It takes no more of your time than would most other college courses. The credits received from ROTC classes go toward your diploma. And when you graduate, you'll receive a diploma and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

ROTC training goes beyond the typical college classroom. You could be leading your classmates on a tactical mission, or taking part in outdoor adventure training designed to improve your ability to solve problems under stress.


You'll learn skills you would expect to find in an Army officer including how to motivate co-workers, cope with the unexpected, and organize large, complex tasks. But you'll also learn skills in demand today in the civilian and business world such as teamwork, tact, and effective communications. You'll learn from experienced Army officers and noncommissioned officers and, in time, help pass on what you've learned to newer students as well.

How is ROTC organized?

Traditionally, Army ROTC is a four-year program. The first two years comprise the Basic Course. This includes classroom studies in such subjects as military history, leadership development and national defense. You can enroll in the program for the first two years without incurring any future military obligation (if you don't have an ROTC scholarship).

After you've successfully completed the Basic Course, you can compete to gain admission into the Advanced Course. It's during this part of the program that you'll get to put your newfound management skills to the test. Of course, you'll also continue to get instruction in tactics, ethics and professionalism.

As a cadet in the Advanced Course, you'll spend the summer between your junior and senior years attending the Advanced Camp. At camp, you'll be asked to handle the complex tasks of a unit leader. You may have to lead your group across difficult terrain or build a bridge across a river. You may have to solve difficult personnel problems, or be in charge of expensive military equipment. It's all meant to teach you how to think quickly when the pressure is on, and how to motivate your team.

Then, as a cadet in the Advanced Course, your management skills will continue to be sharpened. You'll teach new ROTC students what you've learned. And when you graduate from college, you're ready to be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Can I enroll even though I am not a first term freshman?

Enrollment in the ROTC program is traditionally a four-year program, in which an incoming freshman enrolls during the first semester in college. However, enrollment can still be achieved up through the end of the second year in college. Basic Course ROTC credit and Advanced Course enrollment can be achieved in a few different ways:

  • Sophomores can compress the Basic Course into one year.
  • Sophomores with Junior ROTC can meet the requirements of the first year of the Basic Course.
  • Sophomores can attend the Leader's Training Course during the summer preceding their junior year.
  • Veterans, Army National Guardsmen and U.S. Army Reservist can enroll directly into the Advanced Course at the start of their junior year.

What benefits are available from ROTC?

Army ROTC offers 4-, 3- and 2-year scholarships. The ROTC scholarship covers tuition, mandatory fees and an annual book allowance.

Scholarship cadets and all Advanced Course cadets are provided a stipend (subsistence allowance). The subsistence allowance typically begins on the first day of school of the year the student is contracted as a cadet. The subsistence allowance increases as the cadet progresses in the program.

ROTC cadets are covered by Veteran's Administration (VA) for serious injuries (permanent in nature) or Workman's Compensation for less serious injuries (temporary in nature) when participating in ROTC activities. This also includes cadets at the Leader's Training Course.

Basic Courses

  • MSL101 - Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking, 102 - Adaptive Leadership and Professional Competence, in the freshmen year
    Role and Origin of the Army, Customs and traditions of the Army, Branches of the Army, Selected military operations and tactical tasks
  • MSL 201 - Leadership and Decision Making, 202 - Army Doctrine and Team Development, in the sophomore year
    Role of the NCO, Communications, Code of Conduct, First Aid, Principles of War, Additional selected military operations and tactical tasks
  • MSL301 - Training Management and the Warfighting Functions, 302 - MSL 302 - Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations, in the junior year
    Command and Staff functions, Professional Military Education Components, Human Behavior, Military History, Math Reasoning, Computer Literacy, NBC Warfare, Law of War, Leadership Labs, Weapons, Branches of the Army
  • MSL 392 - Cadet Summer Training - Cadet Leadership Course (CST - CLC)
    Fort Knox, KY, 39 days of training
    Post Course training available
  • MSL 401 - The Army Officer, 402 - Company Grade Leadership, in the senior year
    Military Justice, Intelligence and Electronic Warfare, Army Personnel Management System, Army Logistics System, Post and Installation Support, Operations and Tactics

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