Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Cadet McManus, Battalion XO, talks to the battalion after a beach run.

Beach Run

Cadet McManus, Battalion XO, talks to the battalion after a beach run.

Class

Classes

Instructors teach Army ROTC just like other classes in the school curriculum. There is no special application to attend ROTC; students simply select Military Science classes during their class registration process. For freshman and sophomores, the time commitment is small; one credit hour of class a week. These classes study the history, customs, traditions, and role of the U.S. Army.

Juniors and seniors take three credit hours of classes and broaden their scope to officership training. These courses cover a wide spectrum of subjects, from training in common military skills to fostering a value system that emphasizes service to the nation, readiness to persevere in the face of obstacles, and willingness to make personal sacrifices in pursuit of the greater good. The emphasis of junior level classes is to prepare cadets to attend the National Advanced Leadership Camp the following summer. Senior level classes prepare cadets for commissioning and their future career in the Army as officers.

Lead Labs

In addition to class, each week all cadets take part in a two hour-long leadership lab. Lead lab is where cadets put the information they learned in class to practical, hands-on use. The training environment is fun and exciting; cadets learn basic infantry skills such as grenade throwing, marksmanship, navigation, and squad tactics (e.g. how to conduct an ambush or knock out a bunker).

Field Training

Army ROTC takes to the field twice a semester. Training takes place on weekends and usually is located at the nearby Ocala National Forest or at Camp Blanding in Jacksonville for ERAU cadets. These trips further the cadet training experience by allowing them to use their skills in a realistic environment. Cadets practice their navigational skills and squad tactics at Ocala National Forest. While at Camp Blanding they hone their shooting ability at the M16A2 and M249 SAW machinegun ranges.

Camp

Between a student's junior and senior year, a cadet will attend the National Advanced Leadership Camp at the beautiful Fort Lewis in the state of Washington. This camp is designed to solidify a cadets ROTC experience and ensure that they are prepared to become an officer in the U.S. Army. Students from all Army ROTC detachments nationwide are required to attend this camp. For Embry-Riddle cadets, the training at camp is nothing new; they use the same knowledge they gained while at ERAU. As a result, ERAU cadets rank highest among their national peers in camp performance.

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