Army ROTC is traditionally a four-year college program consisting of a two-year Basic course and a two-year Advanced Course. (The two year Basic Course may be compressed)
Basic Course [top]
The Basic Course is usually taken during a college student’s freshman and sophomore years but can be compressed if all course are taken during the sophomore year. The subjects taught cover such areas as management principles, military history and tactics, leadership development, communication skills, first aid, land navigation, and rappelling.
Most students incur no military obligation by participating in the Basic Course, and all necessary ROTC textbooks, materials, and uniforms are furnished without cost.
After completing the Basic Course, only students who have demonstrated leadership potential and who meet scholastic, physical, and moral standards are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course.
Advanced Course [top]
The Advanced Course is normally taken during a college student’s junior and senior years. Instruction includes further training in leadership, organization theory, management, military tactics, strategic thinking, and professional ethics.
ROTC cadets in the Advanced Course attend a paid five-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) during the summer between their junior and senior years. This camp further permits cadets to put into practice the principles and theories they have learned in the classroom. It also exposes them to Army life in a tactical and field environment.
All ROTC cadets in the Advanced Course receive an allowance of up to $4000 each school year and are paid to attend LDAC. They are also furnished, without cost, all necessary ROTC textbooks, materials, and uniforms.
For more information on Leadership Development and Assessment Course visit Go Army website.
Service Obligation [top]
Before entering the Advanced Course, ROTC cadets must sign contracts that certify an understanding of their future Army service obligation. This obligation may be fulfilled through various combinations of full-time active duty and part-time reserve forces duty depending upon a cadet’s personal preference and the needs of the Army at the time of commissioning.
ROTC cadets selected for reserve forces duty actually serve on active duty for three to six months before they join a National Guard or Army Reserve unit. This is so that they can attend an Officer Basic Course to receive additional Army training. Reserve officers generally serve part-time in the National Guard or Army Reserve while they pursue regular full-time civilian careers.
Two Year Program [top]
Students can also be commissioned after only two years of ROTC instruction.
This program is open to students who did not take Army ROTC during their first two years of college. Two-year program cadets include community and junior college graduates who have transferred to a four-year institution, graduate students, high school students planning to attend a Military Junior College, veterans, and members of the National Guard or the Army Reserve.
Students can take advantage of the two-year program by successfully completing Leader’s Training Course (LTC), a paid four-week course(usually attended between the sophomore and junior years of college) and entering the Advanced Course.
Veterans and members of the National Guard and Army Reserve do not have to attend Basic Camp since their prior military service serves as the prerequisite for entering the Advanced Course.
Students interested in the two-year ROTC program should contact Army ROTC for information before the end of the sophomore year of college.
Basic Course [top]
- The Basic Course includes Mil 121-123 and Mil 221-223.
- Lab, Mil 191, and Physical Training, Mil 131, are required for all scholarship and contracted cadets.
- Leader’s Training Course (LTC) may be taken in lue of Mil 121-123 and 221-223.
Advanced Course [top]
- The Advanced Course includes Mil 321-323 and Mil 421-423.
- Lab Mil 191 and physical training Mil 331 are required.
- Leadership Development and Assessment Course at FT Lewis Washington, the summer of the Junior year.
To be eligible for The Advanced ROTC program students must have completed the Basic program or the Leader’s Training Course (LTC), or veterans who have completed Basic Training. In addition to being Basic Qualified, students must be contracted for commissioning in the Army ROTC program.