What is ROTC?

Military Science, better known as Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), is a challenging program that focuses on training the future leaders of the United States Army and the nation. Upon successful completion of all degree and ROTC requirements, students will earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant. Graduates have the opportunity to serve on active duty or in the reserve component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard) where they can put their degrees to work immediately after graduation. ROTC will teach you how to think critically, problem solve, and manage time and resources as a future United States Army officer. 

ROTC is typically a four-year program in which you continuously build on what you have already learned in previous semester. Prior service members are required to complete a minimum of two years but are encouraged to get involved prior to their junior year. ROTC will challenge you to make decisions, take risks, and will test you physically and mentally. A typical week in ROTC consists of physical readiness training in the mornings, classroom instruction and leadership labs during the week. Weekends and university breaks are your time to spend with family and friends. However, each contracted cadet must attend the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) during the summer prior to his/her senior year. It is the essential capstone exercise and is vital to every cadet’s future.

We utilize the “crawl, walk, run” method of instruction to train our cadets. In the crawl phase, we teach you what the standards are and what right looks like in a classroom setting. During physical readiness training, leadership labs and field training exercises the walk and run phases are accomplished by placing students in various leadership roles.  Here cadre assesses what you have learned and provides feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. Cadet leadership assessments and counseling are done on a regular basis in order to give students direct feedback that aid in skill development. There are several training opportunities for those Cadets who want to get a little more out of their ROTC experience. Opportunities include Ranger Challenge, Airborne or Air Assault school, Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP) internships and Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT). Examples of training are listed below.


Physical Fitness
Troop Leading Procedures

Push-ups, Sit-ups, Running
Principles of War

Ruck March
Tactics & Techniques

Climbing Ropes
Map Reading

Competitive Sports
Public Speaking

Pool Workouts
Problem Solving Process

Combat Water Survival Test

Leadership Labs

Small Unit Leadership

Field Training Exercise
Squad Tactical Exercise

Radio Communications
Land Navigation

First Aid

Obstacle Course
Dining In/Military Ball

Field Leadership Reaction Course
Drill & Ceremony

Color Guard