Training and Curriculum

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 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.

Teamwork exerciseFreshman 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 Noncommissioned Officer
  • Communications
  • Code of Conduct
  • First Aid
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

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 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.

Rappelling exerciseJunior Year: Small Unit Training

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Nuclear, Biochemical and Chemical Warfare
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Human Behavior
  • Math Reasoning
  • Computer Science
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) taken at Fort Lewis, Washington

Senior Year: Transition to Becoming an Officer

  • Military Justice
  • Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
  • Army Personnel Management
  • Army Logistics
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Leader Development and Assessment Course:

Training exerciseEvery Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It's a four-week 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 Fort Lewis, Washington.



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