Illinois State University
The Redbird Battalion conducts numerous training events during each semester. Every week Physical Training is held to teach cadets how to maintain and improve their physical fitness and build esprit de corps. During the semester field training exercise cadets conduct obstacle courses, rappelling, hand grenade assault courses, and many other activities to boost self-confidence and to teach the valuable lesson of perseverance. Ranger Challenge is another event geared at testing the determination of cadets and their celebrated return from the competition is reflected in their new found pride in one another and a new understanding of what you can do when you set your mind to something.

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The Redbird Battalion conducts numerous training events during each semester. Every week Physical Training is held to teach cadets how to maintain and improve their physical fitness and build esprit de corps. During the semester field training exercise cadets conduct obstacle courses, rappelling, hand grenade assault courses, and many other activities to boost self-confidence and to teach the valuable lesson of perseverance. Ranger Challenge is another event geared at testing the determination of cadets and their celebrated return from the competition is reflected in their new found pride in one another and a new understanding of what you can do when you set your mind to something.

“ ROTC has taught me better leadership skills that have helped me in my everyday tasks and the discipline to complete tasks to the best of my ability. ”

Cadet Bonny Wernigk,Penfield, IL

Who We're Looking For

Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn.

Nurse Program

If you're considering an undergraduate Nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality.

Being a Nurse in the Army provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world. As an Army Nurse and Officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties.

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.

Cadet Initial Entry Training

Cadets take part in the Cadet Initial Entry Training when they enter Army ROTC going into their junior year. This course, made up of four phases, allows Cadets to "catch up" to those who joined in their freshman or sophomore years. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Field Training Exercises.

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.

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

Junior Year: Small Unit Training

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Nuclear, Biochemical and Chemical Warfare
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Human Behavior
  • Math Reasoning
  • Computer Science
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Senior Year: Transition To Becoming An Officer

  • Military Justice
  • Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
  • Army Personnel Management
  • Army Logistics
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Cadet Leadership Course

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Cadet Leadership Course. It's a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.