Indiana University - Purdue University IndianapolisIUPUI Indianapolis
Choose site to be searched
Type search terms


Curriculum & Training

Freshman & Sophomore Years

Army ROTC Basic Course

The Basic Course normally takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class or lab each semester. You will learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership, as well as start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Course without a military commitment.

Freshman Year

  • The Role Of The Army
  • Roles and Origins of the Army
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Branches of the Army
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Sophomore Year

  • The Role Of An Officer
  • Role of the Officer and Noncommissioned Officer
  • Communications
  • Code of Conduct
  • First Aid
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Leader’s Training Course – For rising Juniors who did not take the Army ROTC Basic Course

Students take part in the Leader’s Training Course when they enter Army ROTC going into their junior year. This course, made up of four phases, allows students to “catch up” to those who joined in their freshman or sophomore years. The first phase introduces students to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Field Training Exercises. Takes the place of Army ROTC Basic Course for those students entering the program in their Junior year.

Junior & Senior Years

Army ROTC Advanced Course

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class or lab each semester, plus a summer leadership course. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

Junior Year

  • Small Unit Training
  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Leader Development & Assessment Course – Attend between Junior & Senior Years

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 Students. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Senior Year

  • Transition To Becoming An Officer
  • Military Justice
  • Army Personnel Management
  • Army Logistics
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics