Army ROTC is committed to developing leadership and physical and academic excellence, as such the program will increasingly challenge you both physically and mentally each day. A student may elect to complete the program by earning a commission through the Regular Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard. Enrollment, however, is not limited to students aspiring to be a military officer. Anyone interested in fine-tuning his or her leadership ability is able to participate in the program during his or her freshman and sophomore years without military commitment. Prospective Cadet Candidates can apply for admission to the Department of Military Science and ROTC as incoming first-year students and later in the academic careers with up to 2 years of school left. Eligible students can receive a full-tuition scholarship for up to 4 years and on top of that all committed students receive a monthly stipend and $1,200 to offset education and living expenses.
Students, who enter the program as sophomores or juniors, attend the Leader's Training Course for 28 days at Fort Knox, Kentucky in order to validate courses they would have taken during their freshman and sophomore years. Once enrolled in the program, they will participate in physical training, classes, classroom instruction, and field training. Pirate Battalion Army ROTC conducts intense conditioning sessions to improve health and physical fitness throughout the week. Professors, who are first and foremost military officers or senior NCO's, lead Cadets in the classroom by teaching the principles of leadership and military theory. Cadets will then have the opportunity to employ their skills in hands-on practical exercises. Field training provides opportunity for advanced skill set exercises and greater exposure to military tactics and techniques. All committed students will attend the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky for 4 weeks during the summer either between the junior and senior years or following graduation. Students considering ROTC should contact us to determine their eligibility and see how the program can accommodate their specific situation.
Leader's Training Course (LTC)
Cadets take part in the Leader's Training Course when they enter Army ROTC with 2-3 years of college left. It is a 28-day course held each summer at Fort Knox, KY. All expenses are paid and students even earn pay while there. This course allows Cadets to "catch up" to those who completed the Basic Course. The course has four phases. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Field Training Exercises. This is a great option for entering graduate students or anyone that would complete LTC followed by 2 years at ISU, Drake or Grand View College. 2-year scholarships are usually offered to cadets that contract after completing LTC, if they meet all other contracting requirements to include a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters 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 Knox, Kentucky. Learn More »
These courses are offered to cadets on a voluntary and limited basis. Unlike LTC and LDAC which are specifically for ROTC cadets, these are regular US Army courses which cadets attend alongside current Army soldiers and officers. These courses are designed to challenge a cadet's mental and physical endurance and toughness.
Limited quotas for volunteer airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, are available to cadets who qualify. Applicants must have passed the airborne physical examination and attained the appropriate score on the Army Physical Fitness Test. Successful completion of this training entitles the cadet to wear the Army Airborne Badge. The three weeks of training are divided into ground, tower, and jump week. Learn More »
Air Assault Training
Successful completion of this course allows the cadet to wear the Air Assault Badge. Requirements for selection are the same as for Airborne training. This 10-day school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, and instill the Air Assault spirit. During the course, cadets face such challenges as an obstacle course, physical training, rappelling, troop ladder, rigging and sling loading, road marches, and evaluations. The cadet may attend the Air Assault course at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii or Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Learn More »
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
Limited CTLT allocations are available annually to cadets who wish to volunteer to participate in CTLT. The CTLT program allows selected cadets to be attached to active duty or Army Reserve and National Guard units and serve in a leadership position. The program is approximately three weeks in duration, and is available only to third-year cadets during the same year they attend LDAC. Cadets who attend CTLT are paid at the same rate as for LDAC. Overseas CTLT tours are usually four weeks. Upon completion of this assignment, cadets receive a performance evaluation by an officer in the assigned unit. This evaluation is used by the Professor of Military Science (PMS) when providing further counseling and leadership training. Learn More »
The Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program (CULP)
For Army ROTC Cadets, the world is their classroom. Every year hundreds of Cadets travel the globe, spending up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how other others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves. The Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Now more than ever, cultural awareness training is a vital component to the ROTC curriculum. Overseas immersions help educate future leaders in ways the classroom cannot. Cadets now receive opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 40 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensify language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century. Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. Learn More »