University of Michigan

“ The characteristic that sticks out most in my mind from Airborne school is the humid, Georgia heat. And, of course, jumping out of a plane five times. But I think of the heat first. Maybe it’s because I was the only idiot in my whole company to go through Airborne school with winter BDUs during the hottest month of the year, August. Temperatures were regularly over 100ºF, with soaring humidity. Even so, Airborne school gave me many memories I won’t soon forget. The course is three weeks long, and teaches you the fundamentals of Army parachuting. Sound fun? It’s not as glamorous as it might appear. The first two weeks entail learning how to withstand a fall at 22 feet per second and walk away. In other words, the Sergeant Airbornes (or Blackhats) have 10 days of finding creative ways to drop you on the ground from several different apparatuses; not so fun. The third week is jump week, where you get to do your five qualifying jumps. I vividly remember thinking, while taking off in a C-130 for my first jump, “What the hell have I gotten myself into!?” My nervousness was overcome by exhilaration after I landed safely on the DZ, though. What a rush! The best was the fifth jump, a night jump in full combat gear. Not all classes get to do this jump, but ours was lucky enough that good weather prevailed. Anyone going to Airborne school this summer, I would offer this simple advice: Don’t Rush The Door!! (You will hear the horror stories of what can happen if you do). ”

CDT Young, 

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.

ROTC Basic Camp

Cadets take part in Basic Camp 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

ROTC Advanced Camp

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Advanced Camp. 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.