ROTC FAQ

THE 4-YEAR PROGRAM

The Army ROTC program is offered in addition to your regular college classes and allows you to pursue almost any major you choose. The first two years of Army ROTC consists of the Basic Course, followed by the final two years of the Advanced Course. During the summer between your junior and senior years, your leadership training will be put to the test during an intensive four-week Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

THE 2-YEAR PROGRAM

This is an accelerated path toward becoming an Army Officer. You may apply for this option if you have:

  1. Completed your studies at a junior college or community college
  2. You are entering a two-year postgraduate degree program
  3. You are entering your junior year of college
  4. You are currently serving in the Army Reserve/ Army National Guard (You will not have to attend CIET as stated below) 

To qualify for the final two years of the Army ROTC Advanced Course, you must first attend and complete a four-week Cadet Initial Entry Training Course (CIET) at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

SIMULTANEOUS MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM (SMP)

This option is for those who wish to gain military experience by attending monthly drill with the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve while enrolled in Army ROTC. In most cases, these branches require a minimum two year commitment upon commissioning. Learn more here

GREEN TO GOLD

If you are currently on active duty or have completed your service, you may already have fulfilled the requirements for the Basic Course. You may enroll directly in the Advanced Course and complete ROTC in just two years. Learn more here

FRESHMEN – BASIC COURSE INSTRUCTION

Military Science and Leadership I: Introduces cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership and officership.

 SOPHOMORE – BASIC COURSE INSTRUCTION

Military Science and Leadership II: Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative leadership strategies and styles by studying historical cases and engaging in interactive exercises.  Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building through the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises. 

JUNIOR – ADVANCED COURSE INSTRUCTION

Military Science and Leadership III: Challenges cadets to study, practice, evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with command and staff functions, law of war, weapons systems, military tactics, team dynamics, and peer leadership. Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations are used to develop self awareness and critical thinking skills. 

SENIOR – ADVANCED COURSE INSTRUCTION

Military Science and Leadership IV: Develops cadets' proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing leadership performance feedback to subordinates.  Cadets are given situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and provide coaching to fellow ROTC cadets. Cadets will learn about military justice, ethical decision making, personnel management, and cultural awareness.