Comprising the first two years of the four-year ROTC program, the Basic Course serves to introduce cadets to the U.S. Army. Initial instruction, which includes MS I and MS II Military Science classes, is intended to create a working knowledge of ROTC and the Army. Specific goals include:
- Provide an overview of Army ROTC and the Army
- Develop a sense of responsibility toward academics and ROTC
- Instill self-confidence and a sense of belonging
- Help deserving cadets earn scholarship money
- Encourage qualified cadets to contract into the Advanced Course
- Provide cadets with time-management and stress-coping skills
Open to all students; carries no obligation for future military service
Taught during the third and fourth years, the more leadership-intensive Advanced Course is open to qualifying students and covers a wide range of topics. Classroom instruction and hands-on learning experiences help develop leaders and officers. Specific goals include preparing cadets to:
- Successfully complete the Advanced Course
- Lead and train Basic Course cadets
- Make informed decisions
- Develop leadership and managerial skills
- Succeed at the Officer Basic Course (upon graduation)
Advanced Course Cadets receive a monthly stipend of $420 from the first day of their junior year through the last day of their senior year.
Open to qualified cadets who have completed the Basic Course (or received credit for it). Cadets incur a military commitment upon entrance into the Advanced Course.