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ROTC college elective curriculum

Army ROTC will give you valuable real-world tools and leadership skills that will benefit not only your professional career but your personal life as well.

Army ROTC is a college elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with the tools, training, and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be an Officer in the Army.

Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means that you are a leader, a counselor, a strategist, and a motivator. It’s similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an Officer in the military, you will lead other Soldiers in all situations and adjust in environments that are always changing. You’ll be driven to achieve success with your team on every mission.

Army ROTC is a one-of-a-kind experience. The challenges you face and the obstacles you’ll overcome will prepare you for future success. Army ROTC is one of the nation’s top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining.

Army ROTC Basic Course

Enroll in ROTC during your freshman year and you will take these college elective courses that lay the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader.

The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one lecture class and lab each semester along with the requisite physical training and field training exercises. You will learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership. You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.

Freshman classes


  • MS101 – Introduction to Leadership
  • MS101L – Introduction to Leadership Lab


  • MS102 – Introduction to Leadership
  • MS102L – Introduction to Leadership Lab

Sophomore classes


  • MS201 – Foundations of Leadership
  • MS201L – Leadership Lab


  • MS202 – Foundations of Leadership
  • MS202L – Leadership Lab


Army ROTC Advanced Course

During your junior and senior years, you will focus on small unit training and the transition to becoming an Army Officer

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one lecture class and lab each semester, the requisite physical training and field training exercises, and a summer leadership camp in the summer after your junior year. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning, and decision-making. To benefit from the leadership training in the Advanced Course, all Cadets must have completed either the Basic Course or have attended the Leader’s Training Course. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

Junior classes


  • MS301 – Tactical Leadership
  • MS301L – Leadership Lab


  • MS302 – Applied Leadership
  • MS302L – Leadership Lab

Senior classes


  • MS401 – Adaptive Leadership Phase I
  • MS401L – Leadership Lab


  • MS402 – Adaptive Leadership Phase II
  • MS402L – Leadership Lab


Basic Camp

There are scholars among you who aspire to achieve something even greater than a college degree. They aspire to be leaders. They are Army ROTC Cadets – and you can join them by attending Basic Camp.

Basic Camp is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, KY. This leader development course is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training Cadets receive in the Basic Course on campus. By transforming yourself through this rigorous training, you will qualify for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (on campus) provided you have two years of college remaining (undergraduate or graduate).

At Basic Camp, you experience the Army firsthand. You will receive the kind of leadership development training that is unmatched by any other program. How? By developing your potential in the most important of ways-mentally, physically, and emotionally. During the class, you will be grouped into squads where you will gain experience in all leadership roles culminating in verbal and written feedback on your improvement. You will also receive a stipend, transportation to and from Fort Knox, housing, and meals. The four weeks and four phases of Basic Camp can lead you to the ultimate goal: becoming an Army Officer.

The benefits of this leader development program will extend well beyond your college years into any career you choose. You may even qualify for a two-year scholarship that may take care of your college tuition and many other expenses.

Advanced Camp

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Advanced Camp. It’s a five-week summer program 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 Knox, Kentucky.

Students maintain their normal daily schedule of classes as they develop their leadership and military skills in the classroom and the field with the Army ROTC.

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)

Nursing students who are also Army ROTC Cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience. The paid, three-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns Cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany.

The nursing program introduces you to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps Officer, you will obtain hands-on experience. Your one-on-one clinical experience will allow you to hone your clinical skills, develop your problem-solving techniques, and become comfortable with developing your professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.

Air Assault School

A 10-day course designed to prepare soldiers for insertion, evacuation, and Pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense concentration, and a commitment to safety and preparation.

Airborne School

A 3-week course that teaches Soldiers the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The school culminates with five parachute jumps both with and without combat equipment. The purpose of Airborne school is to qualify the Soldier in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to deploy leadership, self-confidence, and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning.

Basic Military Mountaineering Course

Trains selected Soldiers in the fundamental knowledge/skills required to successfully conduct small unit operations in typical, mountainous terrain found throughout the world.

Cadet Troop Leader Training

The Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) track provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets before and after completion of Advanced Camp.

Combat Diver Qualification Course

Training is held at the United States Naval Air Station in Key West, Florida for four weeks.  Combat divers are trained in waterborne operations to include day and night ocean subsurface navigation swims, day and night team infiltration dives, deep dives, diving physics, marine hazards, tides, and currents, submarine lock-in/lock-out familiarization, and closed-circuit and open-circuit dives.


Internships provide MSL III Cadets with an opportunity to exercise specialized language, technical or research skills. Internships range from 3-8 weeks long. Cadets receive an Officer Evaluation Report upon completing the internship. New Cyber internships are becoming available!