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What is ROTC?Regardless of your career plans, Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the smartest college courses you can take. It offers you the confidence, self-discipline, and leadership skills necessary for you to succeed in college and to be competitive in the job market. ROTC is an elective course that provides a combination of academics and important hands-on training. Throughout ROTC, you’ll be offered physical and mental challenges geared to help you succeed in life. You will learn teamwork and be given responsibilities, like teaching younger cadets the same skills you have learned. You will also have the opportunity to learn land navigation skills, operations and tactics, drill and ceremony, and first aid. In addition, you will be able to participate in exciting activities like paintball competitions, rappelling, and orienteering.
For its many benefits, Army ROTC requires only a few hours a week, so it won’t interfere with your required college curriculum or social life. In fact, you’ll find ROTC a great place to form lasting friendships with other local college students and cadets from across the nation.
You may take the Basic Course (the first two years) with NO OBLIGATION. You may begin by taking Military Science and Leadership 101. All courses in the basic course may be used as elective credit toward your degree. Prior to your junior year, you will decide whether or not you wish to continue with the Advanced Course. If you decide to complete the Advanced Course, (MSL) you will be eligible to receive a commission as an officer in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.
Basic Course Classes
All courses in the basic program are for freshmen and sophomore and carry no obligation.
Advanced Course Classes
All courses in the advanced program are for contracted cadets in their junior and senior years. Adventure training is offered to all cadets. Contracted cadets are offered opportunities for adventure training such as airborne school, air assault school, northern warfare, and Cadet Troop Leadership Training.
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