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 does not restrict what you may or may not major in. You will have to take ROTC classes, but other than that you will be free to major in whatever you desire, and can even double major or minor. Currently, we have cadets with a diverse set of majors that include Biology and Physics to Peace, War, & Defense and Economics.
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.
- 100 Leadership Laboratory (0). Drill and ceremony, marksmanship, land navigation exercises, first aid, small unit tactics, and confidence course training. Strongly encouraged for all basic course students and required for all advanced course students.
- 101 Adventures in Leadership (1). This course offers an introduction to basic leadership in both corporate America and the Army, comparing and contrasting approaches. The curriculum includes leader attributes and values, leadership styles, leadership/management structure, written and verbal communications, time management, goal setting.
- 102 Adventures in Leadership (1). Builds on ARMY 101 by offering an introduction to basic leadership theories and techniques common to both corporate America and the Army: understanding your own cognitive preferences and learning style, active listening, developmental counseling, problem solving, types and formats of briefings, communicating orally and in writing, leader values.
- 190 Seminar in Selected Topics of Military Science (1–3). Permission of the department. A detailed examination of current topics regarding the United States Army. Provides a course for Army ROTC cadets who require additional course work to meet commissioning and/or scholarship requirements due to extenuating circumstances.
- 196 Independent Study (1–3). Permission of the department and the instructor. Any serious student unable to schedule military science courses during their allotted time frames may sign up for any Army course through independent study.
- 200 Leadership Laboratory (0). Drill and ceremony, marksmanship, land navigation exercises, first aid, small unit tactics, and confidence course training. Strongly encouraged for all basic course students and required for all advanced course students.
- 201 Leadership Discovery (2). Develops leadership styles for application in small organizations. Students identify successful leadership characteristics of others through observation and experiential learning exercises. Students maintain a leadership journal and discuss observations in small group settings. Required for cadets.
- 202 Tactical Leadership (2). Introduction to planning, organizing, and leading small unit offensive and defensive operations. Also study of how application of leadership principles forges Army teams. Required for cadets.
- 301 Military Science and Leadership (3). Prerequisites, ARMY 101, 102, 201, and 202. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Analyzes the profession of arms and the role of the officer. Develops abilities to organize, plan, and execute military operations. Hands-on experience in troop leading procedures, supervising other cadets. Conducts squad-size battle drills. Required for cadets.
- 302 Advanced Military Operations (3). Prerequisite, ARMY 301. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Study of doctrine, organization, equipment, and training of threat forces around the world. Continued development of abilities to conduct offensive and defensive operations building to platoon level. Required for cadets.
- 401 Leadership and Management (3). Prerequisites, ARMY 301 and 302. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Theory and practice in leadership, management, and counseling. Emphasis on multitask planning and execution. Required for cadets.
- 402 Officership (3). Prerequisites, ARMY 301 and 302. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Studies include introduction to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and establishing an ethical command climate. Emphasis is on critical areas junior officers should be familiar with to be successful future leaders. Required for cadets.
Leader’s Training Course
Cadets take part in the Leader’s Training Course when they enter Army ROTC going into their junior year. This four week course, made up of four phases, allows Cadets to “catch up” to those who joined in their freshman or sophomore years. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Field Training Exercises.
More information about LTC can be found here:
Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It’s a 29 day summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. During this course, cadets from all over the country come together in a professional environment to demonstrate the leadership and tactical skills they have acquired during ROTC.
More information about LDAC can be found here:
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