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Army ROTC: Leadership Training For Life

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum (military science classes + additional training) you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Those qualified students who join the commissioning program will have a normal college experience like everyone else on campus, but when they graduate, they will be officers in the U.S. Army.

Being an officer in the U.S. Army means you are a leader, counselor, strategist and motivator. It is similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an officer, you will lead other Soldiers in all situations and adjust in environments that are always changing. Officers are problem-solvers, key influencers and planners. They are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.
To learn more about the positions offered to new officers, check out this website.

Army ROTC Benefits

Army ROTC is one of the nation's top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining. Through Army ROTC you can:

  • Gain leadership experience you can't find anywhere else
  • Gain the respect of your peers and future employers
  • Train to become a leader and manager
  • Get help paying for college

The Army ROTC Officer Commissioning Program

Training and Curriculum

The specific training you receive in Army ROTC will teach you things like leadership development, military skills and adventure training. This will take place both in the classroom and in the field, but you will have a normal daily schedule like all college students. Army ROTC is comprised of two phases: Basic Course and Advanced Course. Contracted cadets must complete both phases, the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC), a military history course and the Enhanced Skills Training Program in order to satisfy officer commissioning requirements.

Army ROTC Basic Course

The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It involves one elective class (MS 139, MS 159, MS 239, MS 259) and associated 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 course classes and participate in associated labs and field training without a military commitment.

Veterans of the armed forces, students who are enlisted in the Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve and those who completed JROTC in High School may receive advanced placement credit for the Army ROTC Basic Course with permission from the professor of Military Science. For those college students who will have attained junior or senior status by the end of the winter semester, there is a summer training program called Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), which qualifies you to enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course.

Cadet Initial Entry Training 

The Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) course is an obligation-free, five week program held each summer at Fort Knox, KY. Here, cadets learn basic soldier skills and leadership techniques. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified for the Army ROTC Advanced Course and will be invited to contract into the commissioning program. Numerous scholarships are awarded based off of performance at CIET. Cadets are paid for this training; and all basic necessities, transportation and equipment are provided by the U.S. Army.

Army ROTC Advanced Course

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It includes one elective class (MS 339, MS 359, MS 439, MS 459) and associated lab each semester, plus a summer leadership camp called the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC). You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course as a contracted cadet requires a commitment to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

At NMU, students that do not desire to be commissioned officers may take the Advanced Course classes towards a minor in military science but may not participate in labs, field training exercises or CLC.

Cadet Leadership Course

All contracted cadets must complete the four-week long Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) at Fort Knox, KY. This is normally done during the summer between a cadet's junior and senior year, and it is required prior to his or her appointment as a commissioned officer. This training supplements campus instruction by providing practical leadership experience in the form of problem analysis, decision-making and small group leadership experiences. This course is an intense experience that matures and forges each individual. Cadets are paid for this training; and transportation, food, shelter, clothing and other basic necessities are provided by the U.S. Army.

Those that complete the Officer Commissioning Program will also receive an academic minor in military science.

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