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Basic Course

reserve officers' training corps (rotc)

Freshman Year

Introduction to Leadership I and II – UE 540 and UE 541

These courses introduce students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Students learn how personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions. Other fundamentals taught include leadership defined, problem solving, effective writing, ROTC and Army rank structures, Army customs and courtesy, introduction to tactics, introduction to orienteering, map reading, and land navigation. Introduction to Leadership II is a continuation of Introduction to Leadership I. Enrollment is open, by permission only. (One hour/week)


Sophomore Year

Foundations of Leadership I and II – UE 542 and UE 543

These courses explore the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership and styles by examining team dynamics that form the basis of the Army Leadership framework. Focus is on continued development of technical skills, leadership values and attributes through case studies, introduction to Principles of War, Troop Leading Procedures (Military Decision Making Process), and small-unit tactics. Other topics include further development of map reading, terrain analysis, effective briefing, goal setting, and stress management. Foundations of Leadership II is a continuation of Foundations of Leadership I. Enrollment is open, but by permission only. (two hours/week)


female ROTC cadet in training

Optional Training

Following their sophomore year Cadets may volunteer to participate in:

Leader's Training Course (LTC)

Students who wish to enroll in ROTC as late as their sophomore year of college and in some cases their junior year, or as graduate students beginning a two-year program, can receive constructive credit for the Basic course by attending a 28-day Leader's Training course at Fort Knox, KY.