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Training and Curriculum

IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE – JUST THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

The specific education you receive in Army ROTC will include things like leadership development, military skills and adventure training. This will take place both in the classroom and in the field, but you will have a normal daily schedule like all college students. Army ROTC is comprised of two phases: Basic Course and Advanced Course.

“I joined Army ROTC for the great opportunity to serve my country and have an exciting career.” Cadet Sam Lombardo

ARMY ROTC BASIC COURSE

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

FRESHMAN YEAR: THE ROLE OF THE ARMY
  • Roles and Origins of the Army
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Branches of the Army
  • Military Operations and Tactics
SOPHOMORE YEAR: THE ROLE OF AN OFFICER
  • Role of the Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer
  • Communications
  • Code of Conduct
  • First Aid
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

CADET INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING (CIET)

Cadets take part in the Cadet Initial Entry Training when they enter Army ROTC going into their junior year. This course allows Cadets to “catch up” to those who joined in their freshman or sophomore years. Cadets gain an experience that runs the gamut of Army life and the responsibilities of being an officer. The course, which last four weeks, is mentally and physically grueling but helps to instill confidence and decision-making abilities to become a leader, in the Army and in life.

ARMY ROTC ADVANCED COURSE

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class or lab each semester, plus a summer leadership course. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

JUNIOR YEAR: SMALL UNIT TRAINING
  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Human Behavior
  • Military Operations and Tactics
SENIOR YEAR: TRANSITION TO BECOMING AN OFFICER
  • Military Justice
  • Officership
  • Morals and Ethics
  • Army Personnel Management
  • Army Logistics
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

CADET LEADERS COURSE (CLC)

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Cadet Leader’s Course. The 29-day course starts with individual training and leads to collective training, building from simple to complex tasks.This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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