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Training and Curriculum

It's Not For Everyone - Just the Leaders of Tomorrow

The specific education you receive in Army ROTC will include things like leadership development, military skills and adventure training. This will take place both in the classroom and in the field, but you will have a normal daily schedule like all college students. Army ROTC is comprised of two phases: Basic Course and Advanced Course.


The ROTC program consists of two two-year courses, each of which is based on two academic classes.

The first two-year portion of the program is the Basic Course, normally for freshmen and sophomores. Any student may take Basic Course classes without obligation of military service.

The second two-year portion is the Advanced Course, normally for juniors and seniors but it can be taken as part of a graduate program.

Completion of the Basic Course is necessary to move on to the Advanced Course but for those cadets who were not enrolled in ROTC for the entirety of the Basic Course can still advance if they have taken three years of JROTC, have prior military service, have attended a military academy for two years, or have completed the five-week summer Leader's Training Course (LTC) held at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.  Applications for this program begin early in the spring semester of the sophomore year or senior year for graduate program applicants.Students are not required to be involved in ROTC for a full four year to qualify for an Army officer commission. 

The two classes offered to cadets throughout their their time in the program are Military Science (MS) and Leadership Lab. Both classes are offered on Thursday afternoon at JHU and you have until the end of the add/drop period to enroll in them.

Each of our Military Science classes correlate to the academic year of our cadets. That is, the MS I class is made up of freshmen cadets, the MS II class, sophomores, and so on. The MS I and II classes make up the Basic Course, which means that there is no requirment to commit to ROTC. In fact, those classes are open to all students so there are both cadets as well as unaffiliated "civilian" students who take those classes. The focus of the Basic Course MS classes is familiarizing students and cadets with the Army and teaching them the fundamentals of leadership.

The Leadership Lab offers cadets a chance to actively apply the leadership theory that they have learned in their MS classes. Lab is run completely by Advanced Course cadets so that they can a) teach the younger/newer cadets the tasks and skill needed to succeed as a cadet (e.g. drill and ceremony, land navigation, tactics, etc) and b) practice preparing the necessary training and then leading the younger cadets through the training.

Leadership Reaction Course

Beyond the two classes, the requirements of a cadet include physical training (PT) in the morning and one Field Training Exercise a semester. Both of these are integral to the growth of a cadet but we understand that you are students first and foremost so, if you have an academic conflict, we will help you to fulfill both your scholastic as well as your ROTC requirements.

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Leadership Laboratory

This course is required each semester for enrolled ROTC participants who desire to be considered for a commission in the Army.  As a leadership practicum, students have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions and receive tactical and technical training.  Subjects include leading groups of five to 100 people, first aid, operating Army equipment, and drill and ceremony.  Corequisite: An ROTC lecture course. (1 credit, 2 hours)

374.101-102 (W)

Leadership and Management I, II

This two-semester course is recommended for those who have leadership aspirations or are currently in student leadership positions.  It is intended to provide a foundation for those desiring to establish a personal leadership philosophy.  The first semester focuses on developing a basic understanding of current leadership and management theories.  The second semester further examines individual, small group, and corporate level management concepts.  The course is taught through a series of lectures and discussions.  Student are required to conduct research in the areas of leadership and management and present their findings in an oral presentation and written reports. Corequisite: 374.001 for ROTC students; none for non-ROTC students. (2 credits)

374.201-202 (W)

Leadership and Teamwork I, II

This two-semester course relies heavily on a historical perspective of leadership and teamwork and is recommended for those who have leadership aspirations or are currently in student leadership positions.  Study examines how to build successful teams, various methods for influencing action, effective communication in various settings, and achieving goals, the importance of timing the decision, creativity in the problem-solving process, and obtaining team buy-in through immediate feedback. Corequisite: 374.001 for ROTC students; none for non-ROTC students.  (2 credits)

374.301-302 (W)

Adaptive Team Leadership I, II

This two-semester course surveys small organization leadership and tactical theory.  The first semester focuses on the decision-making process, delegation of authority, span of control, and their application to leadership and management issues.  The second semester provides the student with knowledge of the fundamentals and techniques of tactics at the squad and platoon level.  The course of instruction uses both classroom and field practical exercises to develop the student's leadership and tactical abilities.  ROTC Cadets Only. Corequisite: 374.001 for ROTC students. Requires completion of Basic Course. (2 credits)

374.401-402 (W)

Developing Adaptive Leaders I, II

This capstone year is designed to prepare the student for duty as an officer in the United States Army or for a career as a corporate leader.  The student receives training in leadership, staff organization and functions, military law, unit administration, and organizational supply.  The student receives practical leadership training and experience by serving as a cadet officer in a command or principal staff position in the ROTC battalion.  Corequisite: 374.001 for ROTC students.  Requires completion of Basic Course. (2 credits)

374.501 (W)

Independent Study

Students select topics relevant to the study of military leadership and will complete a project based on current military doctrine and the contemporary operating environment of current military operations. Permission required from the professor of military science. (1-2 credits)

374.511 (W)

Leadership Internship

Students will apply leadership principles learned to actual situations in the Military Science Department or in other settings in the Baltimore / Washington, DC area and will record observations in a professional journal. Permission required from the professor of military science. (1-2 credits).

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Summer Training

Cadet Troop Leadership Training

Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) is designed as a "follow-on" training experience for ROTC Advanced Camp graduates. CTLT offers the MS III cadet the opportunity to perform the duties of a Second Lieutenant for up to one month with an active duty unit in the continental United States or overseas.   Actual duties performed will vary by branch and unit but will generally be those duties expected of a Second Lieutenant in that unit.  Many cadets will serve as either platoon leaders or assistant platoon leaders.  This is a great opportunity and should be sought by all eligible cadets.  Cadets receive pay and allowance equal to 1/2 that of a second lieutenant.  Must be an Advanced Camp graduate and not participating in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).

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Nurse Summer Training Program

The NSTP is a three-week clinical elective for Army ROTC nurse cadets. Attendance is voluntary. This paid elective is conducted at Army hospitals in the United States, Germany and Korea. You attend NSTP during the summer with Advanced Camp, which is usually attended between the Junior and Senior year of college. During the NSTP clinical elective, you will receive "hands on" experience under the direct supervision of a preceptor -- an Army Nurse Corps officer who works with you one-on-one. While you follow the same duty schedule as your preceptor, you could receive training in such areas as patient assessment, planning of patient care, nutrition maintenance and feeding techniques, range of motion and mobility, medication administration, emergency procedures, intravenous (IV) therapy, and other special techniques.  Partnership in Nursing Education Programs award academic credit for this program. And by the end of the summer, NSTP will have shown you a preview of the real world of nursing, developed your professional skills and given you valuable insights into your abilities. NSTP provides nursing students an opportunity to practice leadership and clinical skills between their junior and senior year of college.

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Leader Development and Assessment Course (Warrior Forge)

Warrior Forge is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet or National Guard Officer Candidate. The 32-day camp incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. Advanced Camp tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations

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Leadership Training Course

The Leader's Training Course is the Army�s 2-year ROTC Program entry point. Through the Leader's Training Course, students without ROTC Basic Course experience can examine the Army without incurring an obligation, and qualify for Advanced Course entry. The Army observes these students and determines their officer potential in a leadership oriented, challenging, and motivating 5-week training program at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  LTC is an exciting way to experience the ARMY. It is also a key step in the process of earning a commission as an Officer in the U.S. Army during the next two years on campus.  Great opportunity to learn more about leadership, people, and most important, YOURSELF!

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Mountain Warfare

At the Mountain Warfare School you will learn how to survive in the worst imaginable arctic conditions. You will learn the art of maneuver and conducting military missions in extreme cold over rugged terrain. This is a course for only the toughest - climbing that ice covered rock face in sub zero temperatures is not for everyone. Are you up to the challenge? Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course conducted at the Ethan Allen Firing Range at Jericho, VT. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. Its mission is to develop and conduct resident mountain warfare training under both summer and winter conditions. The mountain warfare course develops the leadership and technical skills of Army personnel by requiring them to perform mountaineering tasks in a realistic tactical mountain environment. It provides the student with the practical hands-on experience in the application of tactics and techniques needed for mountain operations. A cadet obtains a slot in Mountain Warfare School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year.

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Airborne School

Do you think you have what it takes to step up to the door of an aircraft, look down at the drop zone, jump 1,000 feet and land safely--ready to fight? It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for this assignment - someone with an unflinching spirit for adventure. If you're that kind of person, the sky's the limit in Airborne.  Airborne School is a three-week school conducted at Fort Benning, GA and is the most popular of all the special training courses offered. Instruction is broken down into three one-week phases, Ground Week, Tower Week, and Jump Week, and encompasses all aspects of jumping. In Jump Week, the student makes five parachute jumps at 1250 feet from a C-130 or C-141 airplane. A cadet obtains a slot in Airborne School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year.

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Air Assault

Air Assault School is a two-week school conducted at various posts across the country. Instruction is centered around the combat assault from helicopters. The school is broken into three phases. The first covers conducting air assault operations; the second covers slingloading equipment to helicopters; and the third instructs the student on all aspects of rappelling. The school is physically demanding, and the student is required to conduct two road marches within specified time blocks. Successful completion of this school qualifies the cadet to wear the Air Assault Badge.

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Robin Sage Internship Program

Robin Sage Internship Program is for MS III cadets only. To qualify for this internship, the cadet must have an interest in Infantry and/or Special Forces and submit a Robin Sage Internship application with a copy of the cadet's complete historical APFT card reflecting an APFT results within the last 90 days. MSIII Cadets fill leader positions within "G" bands. There are 15 "G" bands consisting of three to four cadets, 15-20 regular Army personnel and one "G" Chief. The "G" band conducts link-up operations with Special Forces Student Operational Detachment Alphas, receives specific training and conduct combat and sustainment operations. This program provides the cadets with opportunities to learn and grow as potential leaders. Areas to which cadets are exposed: Troop Leading Procedures, Mission Planning (Warning, Patrol and Frag orders), Small Unit Tactic (Raids, Ambushes, Recons), Air Operations (Drop and Landing Zones and Message pick-up), Basic Field Craft (Survival, Expedient Navigation), Demolition, Medical, Communications and Weapons. The location for this internship is in the area of Asheboro and Albemarle, NC and Camp Mackall, NC.

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Northern Warfare School

The Northern Warfare Training Center is located in Ft. Greely, Alaska. The course is three weeks long with emphasis on mobility in mountainous terrain, glaciers, and inland waterways.  Mountain phase includes climbing, rappelling, and medical evacuation. The River phase covers boat operations, stream crossing, and river charting, reading and navigation. The Glacier phase covers crevasse rescue, step cutting and anchors, and belaying and party climbing. A cadet obtains a slot in Northern Warfare School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year.

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3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
1-800-JHU-ROTC or 410-516-4685