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The mission of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC) is to commission future leaders of the United States Army. Since ROTC produces over 65 percent of the Army's Officer Corps, our task is one of the most important undertakings in the Army and our country today.  We seek top quality college students. We train these potential leaders, assess their abilities, and challenge them with the highest standards of professionalism. Those who successfully complete the program, receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Students may request to serve as an officer in either the active Army, or part time in the Army Reserve or National Guard.

Army ROTC Basic Course

Two Years That Will Prepare You For Years To Come

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

Freshman Year: Preparing For Success As An Army Officer

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Army Leadership
  • Army Customs and Traditions 
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Goal Setting and Accomplishment
  • Health and Physical Fitness

Courses and Course Descriptions

ROTC 1010 or ROTC 0110 Leadership and Personal Development
Introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Instructors explain and illustrate how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership (in both the civilian and military environment), officership, the Army profession, and daily life. Leadership principles within the current context of a university are emphasized. Application is also made to leadership in military and civilian settings that include government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Corequisite: ROTC 5500 or ROTC 0550 Leadership Laboratory and ROTC 1115 or ROTC 0115 Physical Fitness. 2/0 credits

ROTC 1012 or ROTC 0112 Introduction to Tactical Leadership
Overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Students explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises and scenarios. Students apply learning to their immediate university context as well as to a variety of military, government, corporate, and non-profit situations. Corequisite: ROTC 5501 or ROTC 0551 Leadership Laboratory and ROTC 1125 or ROTC 0125 Physical Fitness. 2/0 credits

Sophomore Year: The Role Of An Officer

Topics covered include:

  • Applied Leadership Theory
  • Communications   
  • Principles of War   
  • Military Operations and Tactic

Courses and Course Descriptions

ROTC 2020 or ROTC 0220 Innovative Team Leadership

Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of much of modern leadership frameworks (trait and behavior theories). Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Students study historical leaders from a variety of backgrounds: from Lincoln, Grant, and Lee to Gandhi, Kennedy, and Mother Theresa. Corequisite: ROTC 5502 or ROTC 0552 Leadership Laboratory and ROTC 1135 or ROTC 0135 Physical Fitness. 3/0 credits

ROTC 2022 or ROTC 0222 Foundations of Tactical Leadership
Examines the challenges of leading teams in complex contemporary operating environments. Instructors highlight course of action development, analysis, the execution of orders, and the achievement of mission success. Students develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills while studying the theoretical basis of situational and contingent leadership. Students analyze recent and historical military case studies to gain insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and techniques in real-world scenarios. Parallels are drawn to the competitive and cross-cultural environments of most modern corporations. Corequisite: ROTC 5503 or ROTC 0553 Leadership Laboratory and ROTC 1145 or ROTC 0145 Physical Fitness. 3/0 Credits

Army ROTC Advanced Course

Graduate College With A Degree In Leadership
The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class and lab each semester in addition to the requisite physical training and field training exercises, plus a summer leadership camp. 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 Year: Leading Small Tactical Units

Topics covered include:

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Team Dynamics and Peer Leadership
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Courses and Course Descriptions

ROTC 3030 or ROTC 0330 Adaptive Tactical Leadership
Challenges students to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with complex scenarios related to the contemporary operating environment and across the full spectrum of military, corporate, and civic operations. Instructors and fellow students give students systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions as they are applied in a variety of situations. Self-evaluations also allow students to develop their leadership skills and critical thinking abilities. Corequisite: ROTC 5504 or ROTC 0554 Leadership Laboratory and ROTC 1155 or ROTC 0155 Physical Fitness. 3/0 credits

ROTC 3032 or ROTC 0332 Leadership in Changing Environments
Presents increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build student awareness and skills in leading small teams of people. Students explore, evaluate, and develop skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members across a full spectrum of military, corporate, and civic operations. Apply principles and techniques of effective written and oral communication. Instructors review aspects of military operations as a means of preparing students for the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Corequisite: ROTC 5505 or ROTC 0555 Leadership Laboratory and ROTC 1165 or ROTC 0165 Physical Fitness. 3/0 Credits

Senior Year: Transition To Becoming An Officer

Topics covered include:

  • Training the Force
  • Military Justice
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Personnel Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Courses and Course Descriptions

ROTC 4040 or ROTC 0440 Developing Adaptive Leaders
Strengthens student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations while functioning as a member of a staff and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Students assess risk, make ethical and moral decisions, identify responsibilities of key staff members, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to lead, teach, train, and develop junior ROTC Cadets. Apply leadership and problem solving principles to a complex case study and simulation. Lessons on military and civil justice and personnel processes prepare students to make the transition to their initial leadership assignments. Prerequisite: ROTC 3030 or ROTC 0330. Corequisite: ROTC 5506 or ROTC 0556 Leadership Laboratory and ROTC 1175 or ROTC 0175 Physical Fitness. 3/0 credits

ROTC 4042 or ROTC 0442 Leadership in a Complex World
Explores the dynamics of leading in the complicated situations of current operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE) of the global village. Students examine differences in customs and courtesies, culture, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, engaging in civil duties, and host nation support. Instructors place significant emphasis on preparing Cadets for their first unit of assignment. Case studies, scenarios, and exercises prepare Cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading organizations of varied sizes to succeed in a global and complex world. Prerequisite: ROTC 3030 or ROTC 0330. Corequisite: ROTC 5507 or ROTC 0557 Leadership Laboratory and ROTC 1185 or ROTC 0185 Physical Fitness. 3/0 Credits. Learn more »

Additional Courses:

ROTC 5500-5507 or ROTC 0550-0557 Leadership Laboratory: Applied Leadership and Management Leadership
Laboratory is designed to provide students the environment and scenarios to lead organizations of varied sizes (from team to company size). It offers the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles, theories, and techniques explored in the formal classroom military science courses. By design, the Leadership Labs are progressive and sequential, where students are placed in increasing complex scenarios. This is a 2-hour session. All students accepted as Cadets in the ROTC program are required to enroll in this course. 1/0 Credit

ROTC 1115, 1125, 1135, 1145, 1155, 1165, 1175, 1185 or ROTC 0115, 0125, 0135, 0145, 0155, 0165, 0175, 0185 Physical Fitness: Developing Personal and Organizational Physical Fitness Programs
This is a one-hour physical fitness session focused on building the physical and mental strength and endurance of each student. While it uses the Army Physical Fitness Standard to develop fitness goals, the program concentrates on developing, sustaining, and continually improving each student’s cardiovascular, upper body, and abdominal strength. The program also provides opportunities for students to lead and manage their own and their assigned organization’s fitness program toward fitness excellence. All students accepted as Cadets in the ROTC program are required to enroll in this course. Prerequisite: Medical evaluation and clearance. 1/0 credit

A Nursing Experience Unlike Any Other

With real world experience you may not find in nursing school alone, nursing students who are also Army ROTC Cadets benefit from extensive one-on-one mentoring and training. You'll find out exactly what it takes to become a leader in your medical field.

If you're considering an undergraduate nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical-thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality. Being a Nurse in the Army provides you with opportunities not found in the civilian world. As an Army Nurse and Officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties.

Army ROTC's Nurse Summer Training Program will give you the opportunity to truly fulfill the promises of your training after graduation. Coordinating and communicating patient care, you'll be in a clear position to succeed.

Army ROTC program offers two-, three- or four-year scholarships for undergraduate nursing students. Contact your high school academic advisor or campus Military Science department for more information. Learn more About Army ROTC Scholarships.

Army ROTC And Undergraduate Nursing
Nursing students who are also Army ROTC Cadets can benefit from unique hands-on nursing opportunities while receiving financial assistance for college. You will gain valuable leadership experience and management training that can benefit you in either a military or private-sector nursing career.

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 program introduces you to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to 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. 

Course and Description

NUCL 4210 Nurse Summer Training Program Clinical
The Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) Clinical Elective provides Army ROTC nurse cadets with clinical experience in a hospital setting while introducing them to the duties, roles, responsibilities and expectations of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. The nurse cadet will exercise leadership skills in a hospital environment by planning, organizing, decision making, implementing and being accountable for the outcome of nursing care. Prerequisites: ROTC Basic Course; Advanced Camp; completion of all junior level nursing courses. 3 credits