Basic Program

Purpose and Objectives

The Army ROTC Basic Course is designed to give the first and second year ROTC student an introduction to the Army and its career opportunities without incurring any obligation on the part of the student.

Basic Courses

MS 1112 - Introduction to the Army

Fall semester. One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Increases self-confidence through team study and activities in basic drill, physical fitness, rappelling, first aid, and basic marksmanship. Students learn fundamental concepts of leadership.

MS 1122 - Foundations of Leadership

Spring Semester. One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Applies principles of effective leadership, develops communications skills to improve individual performance and group interaction, and relates organizational ethical values to the effectiveness of leaders.

MS 2113 - Leadership & Ethics

Fall semester. Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Applies leadership and problem-solving principles to complex case studies/simulations. Examines principles of subordinate motivation and organizational skills.

MS 2123 - Army Doctrine and Decision Making

Spring Semester. Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Introduces basic tactics. Examines national and Army values. Applies principles of ethical decision-making. Examines the legal and historical foundations, duties and functions of officers.


Other Courses

Professional Military Education

In addition to the above, each cadet must complete, as a minimum, one university approved course in each of the following subject areas; Written Communication Skills, Human Behavior, Military History (HI 4233), Computer Literacy, and Math Reasoning. The PME requirement is normally achieved by the cadet as part of a normal course of study. Students should coordinate with a Military Science instructor to determine a course of action to complete the PME requirement.

Summer Training

The Army Cadet Initial Entry Training course can be used by students desiring to enter the Advanced Course who are not eligible for advanced placement under any other process (e.g. Basic Course, veteran, four years of junior ROTC, completion of Basic Training, etc). The course is four weeks long and incurs no military obligation for attendance. The course is a substitute for the two year Basic Course. Students attending may compete for Army scholarships.

MS 2256 - Cadet Initial Entry Training

(The equivalent of MS 1112, MS 1122, MS 2122; or MS 1113 and MS 2223). Summer leadership training course designed to introduce students to all facets of the military with a focus on understanding traditional military leadership values. (Summer)


Entrance Requirements

The Army Basic Course is an elective course requiring only that the individual be a full time student and a legal U. S. citizen. ROTC credit hours earned at other universities are transferable.

Two-Year Program

Equivalent credit for the basic course may be obtained by students with 54 semester hours of college credit or more for direct enrollment in the advanced course, based on any one of the following:

  • Satisfactory completion of the four week Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) This basic summer camp is primarily intended for students who could not obtain the basic ROTC course during the freshman and sophomore years.
  • At least 180 days of honorable service or active duty for training with the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard.
  • Substitute credit, which in varying amounts may be derived from attendance at service academies, junior ROTC courses, and National Defense Cadet Corps training.
  • Successful completion of Basic Combat Training with the Army Reserve or the National Guard.
  • Interested students should consult the PMS during their first sophomore semester but not later than their junior year. Graduate students should apply prior to starting graduate work.