The Path to Officership
Basic Course: The first two years in the ROTC program you can take the classes without any obligation to the military. These first two years will provide you the essential knowledge about the Army and its operations. It is designed to provide you a foundation for your leadership skills and abilities. While in this phase of training you will be sent to Cadet Initial Entry Training, which is a 29 day Basic Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Here you will be able to practice everything you have learned in the classroom.
If you have already completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training you are not required to take these courses or training.
Advanced Course: These final two years in ROTC will build off of what you have learned in the Basic Course. You will be in charge of leading and training cadets through all training, while learning about military tactics and operations. At this point you will have had to make an obligation to join the Army and commission as an Officer, and is required for everyone, regardless of prior service.
The summer between your Junior and Senior year you will be sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky for Cadet Leadership Course. This 29 day course will allow you to demonstrate you leadership abilities with other Cadets from across the country.
Basic Officer Leadership Course: After you graduate and receive your commission you will be sent to BOLC. The locations, durations, and topics vary depending on what you branch. This course will enhance your leadership skills and understand the technical aspects of your branch. For more information on branches Click Here
Report to Unit: At this point you will be able to report to your new unit as a brand new and fully prepared 2nd Lieutenant ready and capable of leading and training your newly assigned soldiers.