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Army Senior ROTC in a Nutshell

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Continued from Part 1-- The Army SROTC Program.

The Army SROTC program is divided into four phases: The Basic Course, The Basic Camp, the Advanced Course, and the Advanced Camp. The Basic Course generally covers the the freshman and sophomore years. If a student completes the basic course, they do not have to attend the "Basic Camp." The basic camp is designed for students who do not complete the basic course, in order to allow them to "catch up," to enter the Advanced Course. The Advanced Course is a requirement to obtain a commission. The Advanced Camp is a requirement for graduation from the Advanced course.

Basic camp. ROTC Basic Camp is required for all applicants who have not completed or received credit for completing MS I and MS II. It is designed to bring students to a level of military training that will qualify them for enrollment in the advanced course. Nursing majors can elect not to attend basic camp. A training program is provided on-campus to meet the MQS-I required for these nurse majors.

Training at Basic Camp is rugged and intensive. Special emphasis is placed on physical conditioning and practical hands-on work. There is very little classroom work. To the maximum extent, all training is conducted outdoors and consists of exercises that permit the student to be an active participant. Classroom-type instruction is held to a minimum.

Practical training in leadership is stressed throughout the camp period. To develop initiative and leadership and to ensure practical experience, students are rotated in positions of responsibility of command.

Qualified applicants who successfully complete ROTC Basic Camp or the 4-semester Nurse Training Program are given credit for the ROTC Basic Course.

Advanced camp. The advanced camp mission is to train cadets to leadership and Army standards and evaluate their officer leadership potential. Special emphasis is placed on technical and tactical skills and leadership development.

The advanced camp is a mandatory part of the Advanced Course that supplements the campus training with practical experience in a field training environment. The advanced camp is conducted as part of the advanced course, normally between the third and fourth year of school. Special emphasis is placed on leadership training. Successful advanced course completion is a prerequisite for a commission in the United States Army. The Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) may be substituted for the standard camp for cadets with a nursing academic major.

Transferring Between Programs

Army/Air Force. Interservice transfer of ROTC students is limited to justifiable cases. The request for transfer to an Air Force unit must include an endorsement from the Professor of Aerospace Studies of the unit to which transfer is requested, which contains a statement that tentative approval of the transfer depends on the approval of Army authorities. Scholarship students may not transfer after entering the sophomore year.

In case of a request for transfer to an Army ROTC unit, the PMS will consider the effect the transfer will have on enrollment objectives and existing Army-Air Force relations. Credit may be granted for Air Force ROTC courses completed, except that the cadet must attend the Army ROTC Advanced Camp. The Commanding General of Army ROTC may grant a waiver for attending the Army ROTC advanced camp.

Army/Navy. Transfers between Army and Navy ROTC units are not authorized. If the student has terminated his or her affiliation with the Navy, ROTC credits may be given for periods of Naval training.

Enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR). The PMS may disenroll an ROTC basic course cadet for enlistment in the USMCR for the Platoon Leadership Course program. The PMS may approve request for disenrollment from nonscholarship advanced course cadets for this purpose. Request from scholarship cadets (MS II and the advanced course) are submitted through channels to the Commanding General of Army ROTC.

Appointment for Commission

Contrary to popular belief, graduating from the ROTC program does not automatically confer an appointment as a commissioned officer. The service must offer the appointment. Cadets are commissioned in either the Regular Army, or Army Reserves (or National Guard, if enrolled in ROTC under a specific National Guard program).

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