McDaniel College, Mount Saint Marys University, Hood College
ROTC Cadets gain the advantage of team work and critical thinking by being challenged to overcome obstacles as part of a squad. This teaches confidence and the fact that one needs to work together to be successful.

Team Building and Problem solving

ROTC Cadets gain the advantage of team work and critical thinking by being challenged to overcome obstacles as part of a squad. This teaches confidence and the fact that one needs to work together to be successful.

Classroom Studies
Army ROTC classroom instruction covers two basic areas. First, you'll learnabout the history, structure, and functions of the Army. Then, you'll learn howto think and act like a leader. Role-playing and management exercises willteach you how to organize tasks, make decisions, and use time efficiently. Bestof all, after teaching you a particular leadership skill, ROTC will give youplenty of opportunities to use it--a fact which can make all the difference tofuture employers, and also improve your performance as a student.

Leadership Labs
Leadership labs involve military skills training, physical training andadventure activities such as rappelling


  • When do I participate in physical fitness training or PT?
    PT takes place three days a week, on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:30 –7:30 AM. These workouts are composed of various exercises including the basicsof sit-ups, push-ups, and running to improve and maintain the physical fitnesslevel of our cadets. Each cadet is required to maintain his or her physicalfitness on their own, with Physical Fitness tests administered by cadre once amonth.
  • What is SMP?SMP stands for simultaneous membership program. If youare a junior, contracted as an MSIII and a member of an Army National Guard orArmy Reserve unit, you may participate in this program. This program allows youto gain valuable experience in your unit as a “Third Lieutenant” working withjunior officers. You are advanced to the pay grade of Cadet / E5 and authorizedto wear your cadet rank in the unit. Cadets on Guarantee Reserve Force Duty(GRFD) and Army Reserve (USAR / Maryland Army National Guard (MDANG)scholarship winners are required to participate in this program.
  • What extra activities can I participate in?There are manyopportunities for our cadets to “show their stuff”, such as participating inthe drill team or competing for a spot on the Ranger Challenge Team and otherevents. Other students and faculty alike appreciate the pride and precision ofthese cadets. These activities as well as others count towards your grade andhelp improve the chances of receiving the branch you wish uponcommissioning.
  • What will I learn in ROTC?You will learn the management andleadership skills necessary to be successful in any career, including themilitary. ROTC differs from typical management-type courses in that you willlearn and perform hands-on type leadership in a variety of situations. Previousactivities in which cadets have practiced their leadership skills includechallenging obstacle courses, paintball, Land Navigation, Battle Drills, andother adventure training.
  • By enrolling in ROTC, are you joining the Army?No. Students whoenroll in ROTC don't join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which theyreceive credit. It's considered a college elective.
  • Is ROTC like "boot camp"?No. ROTC cadets go directly tocollege where they earn their degree.
  • What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?Quite simply,leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have asuccessful civilian career.
  • How are ROTC cadets received/acted towards on campus?Here at theMcDaniel College, there is a very positive reaction towards ROTC cadets.Cadets, even when in uniform, are treated with respect and the same as anyother student on campus.
  • What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroomand "live" situations. For instance, an ROTC cadet might be foundleading classmates through adventure training, down a river in a raft, or up amountain wall.
  • Is there a military obligation during college?During the first twoyears, ROTC cadets have no military obligation (or the first year in the caseof scholarship winners).
  • What is the ROTC course comprised of?
    The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course studies Army history,organization and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership andmanagement are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course concentrates ontactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques ofmanagement, leadership, and command.

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