Fordham University


New York City Army ROTC at Fordham University is available to students at most four year colleges and universities located in the New York Metropolitan area and Lower Hudson Valley. Registration in Military Science classes is free of charge and requires no military service obligation without contracting. To find out if you are eligible to enroll in ROTC, contact the recruiting officer at: (718) 817-4876

COURSES. Military Science is a program available to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their college or major. The Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) program qualifies students for appointment as officers of the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Students (other than those with ROTC scholarships) attend the first two years of study without incurring any obligation to serve in the military. The regular course of study includes military science classes, which develop leadership, confidence, maturity, responsibility and dependability. Additionally, a variety of challenging extracurricular activities are open to all students. These include the regional Ranger Challenge and the international Sandhurst Competitions, Color Guard, Pershing Rifles, Drill Team, the Association of the United States Army Ram Company and an Army 10 Miler Running Team. In addition, cadets have the opportunity to participate in a variety of military social events, including the annual Military Ball, Dining In.

PROGRAMS. Army ROTC offers two programs: a four-year program and a two-year program, which includes additional summer training, for undergraduate or graduate students who did not previously participate in ROTC and have two years of college remaining. Those who complete either program earn a commission as an Army Second Lieutenant.

ACADEMIC CREDIT. Students in the ROTC program may be granted credit for some military science courses, which can be used to fulfill certain degree requirements. In the junior year MSBU 3201 counts as a three-credit elective. In the senior year MSBU 4201 counts as a four-credit, non-business elective. An additional credit may be added to each of these courses if done in conjunction with an approved community service project. Other military science courses are not applied to the degree requirement. If a military science course is taken for credit, it may count as one of the courses in the student’s normal course load. ROTC courses are taken without charge and open to all freshmen and sophomore students without obligation. Two and three year scholarships are available to qualified Basic Course students who compete and win. They then incur a mandatory service obligation. All Classroom instruction is supplemented with practical exercises, which place cadets in positions of progressively increasing responsibility.

MSBU 1101- Introduction to Leadership and Management I (0 credit). This is an introductory course open to all students without obligation. It focuses on the military as a profession and examines its organization, ethics and values. The course explores the responsibilities and impact of leadership and the rules, customs and traditions of military service. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of land navigation, physical fitness, drill and ceremonies, first aid and public speaking.

MSBU 1201- Basic Leadership and Management II (0 credit). Open to all students without obligation. The course explores leadership principles, decision-making and team building. Students are introduced to tactical systems and the field environment. Students learn advanced techniques in land navigation, terrain association, and first aid. Students also begin their program in professional military reading.

MSBU 2101 - Basic Leadership Development I (0 credit). Open to all students without obligation. The course continues the basic leader development process and focuses on applying the fundamentals of leadership and team-building skills. Students gain an understanding of small team dynamics and the roles and responsibilities of junior leaders. It further reinforces the ideals of service, ethics and values, and develops students’ confidence in their own skills, knowledge and attributes.

MSBU 2201 - Basic Leadership Development II (3 credits or 0 credit). Open to all students without obligation. The course continues the application of leadership and team-building principles. Proficiency in individual skills and leadership abilities is assessed during situational training to evaluate students in leadership roles. Advanced techniques in problem analysis,, planning and organizing, delegation, interpersonal skills, sound decision making, and small team operations are emphasized.

MSBU 1001 - Leadership Laboratory I (0 credit).

MSBU 2001 - Leadership Laboratory II (0 credit). Provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principles and to plan, instruct and practice military skills such as drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. Students in the Basic Course are organized into squads and platoons under the supervision of Advanced Course cadets. Senior cadets are responsible for basic course training and logistics. and function as officers within the cadet battalion. Cadets who will attend ROTC National Advanced Leadership Camp are provided with an intensive program of military and leadership skills enhancement and assessment under cadre direction.

ADVANCED COURSE. ROTC Leader’s Training Course. Students who have completed their sophomore year may meet prerequisites for the Advanced Course and apply for a two-year scholarship by completing the Leader’s Training Course in lieu of the Basic Course. In addition, graduate students with two years remaining until graduation may also apply. This program is a paid 5-week summer military internship at Fort Knox, Kentucky. All qualified students may attend. Leader’s Training Course is a rigorous program designed to train students on all Basic Course material and prepare them for entry into the Advanced Course. Sophomores may apply during the fall or spring semester. Please note that slots are very competitive and those who are: contracted cadets or; drilling in the Army Reserve or; Army National Guard; or are prior service are ineligible. Open to all qualified juniors and seniors who have contracted with ROTC. Contracted cadets receive a monthly stipend during the school year, plus a book allowance. Classroom instruction is supplemented with practical application during leadership laboratories and field training exercises. These place the students in leadership positions of progressively increasing responsibility and introduce command and staff procedures. Cadets are also required to complete independent study Professional Military Education (PME) requirements prior to commissioning.

MSBU 3101 - Advanced Leadership and Management I (0 credit). Expands and refines the leader development process. This is an intensive program to prepare cadets for tasks, skills and responsibilities associated with National Advanced Leadership Camp. Cadets are trained and evaluated on the full range of leadership skills and attributes. Written and oral communication skills, motivational behavior, interpersonal skills, administrative procedures, decision-making and military field skills are emphasized. Must be taken in conjunction with MSBU 3001.

MSBU 3201 - Advanced Leadership and Management II (3 credits or 0 credit). Expands on the skills introduced in MSBU 3101 and incorporates increasingly challenging situations involving military technical, tactical and leadership skills. Advanced training in marksmanship and physical fitness is emphasized. Course culminates with several field training exercises where students are placed in simulated combat and evaluated on performance. Course is designed to bring cadets to peak proficiency in physical conditioning and leadership ability. Must be taken in conjunction with MSBU 3001.

MSBU 4101-Command and Staff Training and Management I (0 credit). Refines military skills and knowledge to the pre-commissioning level. Senior students assume leadership roles as cadet commanders, staff officers, or staff assistants responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of all cadet training and operations. Training focuses on Army legal, administrative, and logistical systems and training methodologies. It reinforces individual competencies and maximizes opportunities for practical application of leadership skills. Must be taken in conjunction with MSBU 4001.

MSBU 4201 - Command and Staff Training Management II (4 credits or 0 credit). Culminates the leader development process at the pre-commissioning level. Designed to prepare cadets for transition from cadet to Second Lieutenant. Instruction seeks to expand the frame of reference. Cadets examine ethical and legal issues related to being an officer and continue to improve their leader and decision-making skills. Several practical exercises and field training events supplement classroom instruction. Must be taken in conjunction with MSBU 4001.

ADVANCED LEADERSHIP COURSE. ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course. This program is a paid 32-day advanced military internship at Fort Knox, Kentucky, which is mandatory for all students who have completed MS3101 and 3201. Emphasis is on the training, assessment and development of students as leaders and soldiers prior to their senior year. The environment is highly structured and demanding, with a focus on leadership at the small unit level under varied and challenging conditions. Camp performance weighs heavily in the selection process that determines the specialty and job opportunities available to the student upon graduation and subsequent commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS. Physical Fitness. All students participate in an individual physical training program to increase strength and endurance. Focuses on developing and sustaining individual fitness and health habits for lifetime wellness.

Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT). A variety of 3-4 week summer and winter intercession training opportunities are available to qualified students on a competitive basis4. These include:Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT). Army Schools and special courses may be available following sophomore and junior year. These may include: Air Assault (helicopter insertion operations), Basic Airborne (parachutist), Mountain Warfare, Northern Warfare, US Air Force Cadet Survival Training and an international program at a University Officer Training Center in the United Kingdom, Cadet Field Training at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT).Select National Advanced Leadership Camp graduates may have the opportunity to serve as leaders with Active Army units or government agencies in either the United States or overseas. Specialized programs may include paid internships with the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Army Corps of Engineers and Mounted Maneuver Training.Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP). A Clinical Elective available to qualified Army Nurse Cadets following National Advanced Leadership Camp. This 3-week program provides opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills in a clinical setting. Training by Army Nurse Corps preceptors is conducted at selected U.S. Army Medical Treatment Facilities in either the United States or overseas. Cadet Field Training (CFT). An 8-week program combines 7 weeks of field training at the United States Military Academy at West Point with 1 week of Mounted Maneuver Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This program is only available following sophomore year.

Frequently Asked Questions:Q. By enrolling in ROTC, are you joining the Army?A. No. Students who enroll in ROTC do not join the Army. They take an ROTC class which is considered a college elective.Q. What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?A. Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.Q. What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?A. Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, an ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training, down a river in a raft, or up a mountain wall.Q. Is there a military obligation during college?A. During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation (or the first year in the case of scholarship winners).Q. Does Army ROTC offer full tuition ROTC scholarships?A. Yes. Each year hundreds of students attending colleges nationwide receive ROTC full tuition ROTC scholarships. ROTC awards them to students studying science, engineering, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other majors. However, scholarships are limited, making them extremely competitive.Q. How much money does ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?A. Scholarships that are offered by Army ROTC are Full Tuition scholarships.Q. On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?A. ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they’re awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.Q. Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?A. No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC. And regardless of whether you’re a scholarship winner or not, all ROTC books, supplies and equipment are furnished at not cost to you.Q. How do students benefit from Army ROTC?A. In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

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