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reserve officers' training corps (rotc)

Junior Year

Tactical Leadership I and II – UE 544 and UE 545
These courses challenge Cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of preparing for the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Challenging scenarios related to small-unit tactical operations are used to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their own leadership abilities. At this level Cadets begin to analyze and evaluate their own leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions. Primary attention is given to preparation for LDAC and development of leadership abilities. The focus is on development of leadership skills, honing verbal and written communication, Troop Leading Procedures (Military Decision Making Process), small-unit tactics, and drills. Enrollment is for contracted Cadets only. (three hours/week)

Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
A 32-day course at Fort Lewis, WA, generally attended after a Cadet's junior year, designed to challenge, assess, and develop a Cadet's leadership skills. Skills developed and assessed include:

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)
An optional three- to four-week course for Nurse Cadets who have completed LDAC and desire to work one-on-one with Army nurses. A Cadet can be posted in any Army hospital from Hawaii to Europe. Boston College uses this course in lieu of one three-credit University requirement for Army ROTC Nurse Cadets. BC Nurse Cadets have recently spent their three-week training in Hawaii and San Antonio, TX.

Internships and Cadet Troop Leading Training (CTLT)
Varied two- to three-week internships and CTLT are generally available for juniors who have completed LDAC and desire to gain practical leadership experience in fields as varied as medical, legal, scientific, or in an actual tactical while serving a short period on active duty. BC Cadets have participated in Medical Internships in Hawaii and Germany, while other Cadets have participated in CTLT in Korea and bases stateside.

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Developmental Leadership – UE 546
This course continues the leadership development process for students in the advanced course of military science who are pursuing an Army commission. The course focuses on leadership, including functioning as a member of a military staff, proficiency in planning and executing complex operations, and mentoring subordinates. Students explore training management, methods of effective staff collaboration, developmental counseling techniques, ethical decision making, and the law of land warfare. Enrollment is for contracted Cadets only. (three hours/week)

Spring Semester

Adaptive Leadership – UE 548
This course completes the leadership development process for students in the advanced course of military science who are pursuing an Army commission. The course focuses on leadership, to include functioning as a member of a military staff, proficiency in planning and executing complex operations, and mentoring subordinates. Students will further explore topics to include a military decision-making staff study, a battlefield “staff ride” and study, Middle Eastern cultural awareness, the elements of terrorism, moral/ethical case studies, and conduct activities to prepare for active duty, to include administrative procedures, supply/maintenance, and participation in professional discussion forums with serving officers, NCOs, and ROTC alumni. Enrollment is for contracted Cadets only. (three hours/week)

Photo of ROTC cadets patrolling
James Park