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Basic Course

Train the First Two Years and Find Your Warrior

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. 

  • Roles and Origins of the Army
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Branches of the Army
  • Military Operations and Tactics


  • Role of the Officer and Noncommissioned Officer
  • Communications
  • Code of Conduct
  • First Aid
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics


MSL 100 and 200 level–These courses focus on the organization and role of the U.S. Army, rifle marksmanship, customs and courtesies, career opportunities, land navigation, leadership laboratory, and field training exercises.

Courses to take:

  • MSL 101:  Introduction to the Army (Fall Only)
  • MSL 102: Foundation of Agile and Adaptive Leadership (Spring Only)
  • MSL 201: Leadership and Decision Making (Fall Only)
  • MSL 202: Army Doctrine and Team Development (Spring Only)


The basic course labs are held on Thursday from 1550 UTC. The material covered in the classrooms will be exercised at the labs. Some of the material the basic course cadets will cover at lab will include DNC, Troop Leading Procedures, Land Navigation, and Introduction to battle drills. The basic course cadets will be split by MSI and MSII classes. The MSII class will begin to focus on more advanced knowledge of these task.


Army ROTC Advanced Course

Graduating From College Marks the Beginning of Your Journey as a Warrior

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes three hours of classroom instruction and then a three hour lab once a week. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Nuclear, Biochemical and Chemical Warfare
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Human Behavior
  • Math Reasoning
  • Computer Science


  • Military Justice
  • Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
  • Army Personnel Management
  • Army Logistics
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics


  • MSL 301: Training Management and the Warfighting Functions (Fall Only)
  • MSL 350: American Military Experience (Available both Fall and Spring)
  • MSL 401: The Army Officer (Fall Only)
  • MSL 402: Company Grade Leadership (Spring Only)


The MSIII labs will begin at 1550 UTC with land navigation and move right into conducting and learning squad tactics on STX lanes. The lanes include attack a supply cache, knock out a bunker, recon, movement to contact, and point ambush. Throughout the semester, MSIIIs are expected to
learn their battle drills and be ready for variables at any lab.


Cadets take part in the Leader's Training Course (LTC) when they enter Army ROTC going into their junior year. This course, made up of four phases, allows Cadets to "catch up" to those who joined in their freshman or sophomore years. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Field Training Exercises. LTC is a replacement for the Basic Course.


Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It’s a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior year.


Advanced Camp

The Cadet Summer Training Advanced Camp is now held annually at Fort Knox, KY. The U.S. Army's largest training exercise, Advanced Camp is the U.S. Army Cadet Command's capstone training event.

  • Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
  • Land Navigation
  • Confidence Training
  • Field Leader's Reaction Course
  • Chemical, Biological Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) Training
  • U.S. Weapons Familiarization
  • Cultural Awareness
  • First Aid
  • Maneuver Training
  • Tactics


Physical Training

Every year, 6th Brigade Seminoles host Ranger Challenge at Ft. Benning Georgia around mid October. The event consist of a ten person team who are physically and mentally challenged over the course of three days. The teams will learn valuable lessons of leadership and teamwork throughout each event.​

Physical fitness is a big part of being in the Army. All Army personnel must maintain a high level of personal fitness. To ensure this the Army requires that everyone pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and the Height/Weight requirements twice every year. At USM we conduct Physical Training (PT) Monday through Thursday at 0600 at Pride Field, located directly in front of the Payne Center on campus.


Every year, 6th Brigade Seminoles host Ranger Challenge at Ft. Benning, Georgia around mid October. The event consist of a ten person team who are physically and mentally challenged over the course of three days. The teams will learn valuable lessons of leadership and teamwork throughout each event.


Throughout the fall and spring semesters, contracted cadets are required to attend the field training exercises. Also, basic course cadets not contracted are highly expected to attend. The FTX generally last from Friday to Sunday. The weekend is a nonstop test of the cadets knowledge retained throughout the semester.

  • The MSIIIs: are evaluated on all aspects of leadership while in the field. They are graded heavily on day and night land navigation.
  • The SSTX lanes evaluate their leadership abilities and decision making process. They will also be evaluated on their mental agility and ability to control their squads on the leader reaction course.
  • The Basic Course Cadets: serve as squad fillers for the entire weekend. The MSI class will experience the field for the first time and be challenged with adventure training on one day during the field training exercise.
  • The MSII class will begin developing the leadership roles it takes to be an MSIII cadet. They will serve as squad fillers and expected to strive for excellence in land navigation.



Military Schools

Cadets have the option of attending training courses throughout the school year.

Airborne school is a three-week program of instruction conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. The course is open to contracted cadets MS II and above, who volunteer and pass the physical requirements. A minimum Physical Fitness score of 250 is required. At Airborne school, cadets will train along side Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from an Air Force aircraft (C130 and C17). Upon completion of the course, cadets will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified! This course is extremely safe and boosts the confidence of all who have the opportunity to attend.


Air Assault school is 10 days of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, rappelling, sling load preparation, working with aircraft, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit and award the Air Assault Badge. Location of course will be pending.


Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course taught by the Vermont National Guard at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. The training is designed to make you an expert in mountain operations. Mountain Warfare School is both physically and mentally demanding. Training is non-stop, 15 hours per day, for 14 days. If you can carry a 65-pound rucksack up to five miles per day in mountainous terrain and are competent with both day and night land navigation you may have what it takes to complete this intense training.



Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) is a four week leadership experience conducted at various units throughout the Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and Korea. Students are placed in charge of a regular Army platoon of approximately 35 soldiers. The student's objective is to perform the leadership and management tasks necessary to train the platoon's soldiers and maintain its equipment. Opportunities from different branches of the Army are available to each school.



Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) This course is available only to qualified nurse cadets. NSTP is an optional clinical elective providing opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills in a clinical environment. Nurse cadets train for three weeks at selected U.S. Army Medical Command Medical Treatment Facilities. Cadets work side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps officer preceptor.


Other schools and courses that cadets can attend include Culture Language Program (CULP), Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT), and Sapper School.