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Department of Military Science


When you become a part of Army ROTC, you're not just working toward a degree, but an even brighter future as a leader alongside other motivated Cadets. You'll have a college schedule like your fellow students, but you'll also receive classroom and field courses that will challenge and excite you.

The Basic Military Science Course addresses military organizations, equipment, weapons, map reading, land navigation, management skills, grade structure, communications, and leadership; with no contractual obligations or commitments. Credit for all or part of the Basic Course may be granted by the Professor of Military Science (PMS) for participation in high school ROTC or for active military service of four or more months. This is done on a case-by-case basis.

Freshman Year: Preparing For Success As An Army Officer

  • Introduction to Army Leadership
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Goal Setting and Accomplishment
  • Health and Physical Fitness

Sophomore Year: The Role Of An Officer

  • Applied Leadership Theory
  • Communications
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • The Advanced Military Science Course specializes in small unit tactics, how to prepare and conduct military training, military justice system, staff procedures, decision-making, and leadership.

Junior Year: Leading Small Tactical Units Senior Year: Transition To Becoming An Officer

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Team Dynamics and Peer Leadership
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Senior Year: Transition To Becoming An Officer

  • Training the Force
  • Military Justice
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Personnel Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Leader Development and Assessment 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 years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.