University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Cadets witness the swearing in of a fellow cadet into the program

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff "Golden Lion" Battalion is organized in a manner similar to an active Army battalion minus certain elements. This structure assists in the development of leadership and provides a vehicle for cadets to experience responsibilities for planning, organizing,and conducting a variety of cadet functions and activities. The battalion adopted the school mascot, a golden lion, as its official nickname.

The Army ROTC Four-Year Program is divided into two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.

Basic Course
The Basic Course encompasses four academic courses and is normally taken during the freshmen and sophomore years of college. Instruction in the freshman year is known as Military Science (MLSC) I and consists of MLSC 1210 and MLSC 1220. Instruction in the sophomore year is known as MSLC II and consists of MLSC 2310and MLSC 2320.

The purpose of the Basic Course is to introduce the college student to the following subjects: map reading and land navigation; familiarization with basic weapons; military organizations and functions; the beginning techniques of leadership; and various confidence building skills such as rappelling and firstaid.  Additionally, students who complete the Basic Course are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course, if they desire to do so. There is no military obligation for participation in any MSLC course offered as part of the Basic Course.

Basic Course requirements can be met by successfully completing three of the four course outlined above or by receiving constructive credit for equivalent military training received through prior active military service, participationin the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, or from participation in the Junior ROTC program in high school.

Advanced Course
The Advanced Course is composed of four MSLC courses and one History course andis normally taken during the junior and senior years of college. Instruction in the junior year is known as MSLC III and consists of MLSC 3410 and MLSC 3420. Instruction in the senior year is known as MSLC IV and consists of MLSC 4410and MLSC 4420. Additionally, Advanced Course students must also take an additional course in American Military History from the American Revolution to the present.

The purpose of the Advanced Course is to prepare qualified students for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. To be eligible for the Advanced Course, students must meet academic, physical, medical, aptitude,and moral selection criteria. Additionally, students must have completed theBasic Course or have received constructive credit for the Basic Course.

Instruction in the Advanced Course includes: leadership and the exercise of command; contemporary military history; tactics; logistics; administration, military justice, and personnel management. Practical leadership and command experience are achieved by assigning deserving Advanced Course cadets as cadet officers and noncommissioned officers. In addition to the classroom hours, Advanced Course cadets are required to attend weekly leadership labs and participate in a group physical fitness program three times a week.

Advanced Course cadets also attend a six-week summer camp normally between their junior and senior years of college. The six-week summer camp is call Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington, beginning in early June and finishing in early August. LDACprovides field training and experiences in a military environment which cannot be duplicated in the college classroom. Particular emphasis is placed upon the evaluation of leadership potential. Cadets are given the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership abilities by being rotated through various cadet leadership positions during which they are evaluated by an Army Officer who provides the cadets an evaluation of their performance. Successful completionof the ROTC LDAC is a requirement for commissioning.

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