Introduction to Army ROTC
ROTC Program Structure
Can I enroll even though I am not a First Term Freshman?
Enrollment in the ROTC program is traditionally a four-year program, in which an incoming freshman enrolls during the first semester in college. However, enrollment can still be achieved up through the end of the second year in college. Basic Course ROTC credit and Advanced Course enrollment can be achieved in a few different ways:
- Sophomores can compress the Basic Course into one year.
- Sophomores with Junior ROTC can meet the requirements of the first year of the Basic Course.
- Veterans, Army National Guardsmen and U.S. Army Reservist can enroll directly into the Advanced Course at the start of their junior year.
The Basic Course
The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class or lab each semester. 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: The Role of the Army
- Sophomore Year: The Role of an Officer
The Advanced Course
The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class or lab each semester, 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: Small Unit Training
- Senior Year: Transition to Becoming an Officer