Virginia Military Institute
Army ROTC utilizes a vast pool of resources and facilities to continually challenge Cadets.

Cadets on VMI’s newly built obstacle course

Army ROTC utilizes a vast pool of resources and facilities to continually challenge Cadets.

“ VMI has set me up with the ability to effectively deal with many difficult situations. ”

Jackie Morton, 1LT, EN – VMI Class of 2009

See how interesting college can be when you're a part of Army ROTC. You'll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there's a key difference: you'll have even more opportunities to succeed.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

In addition, each battalion has its own unique calendar of events and activities.

Learn more about Events and Activities

Cadet Life

<p>The Virginia Military Institute believes that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society. VMI provides many opportunities for cadets to prepare for their roles in American society. These opportunities occur within the unique and challenging VMI system of academic preparation, military discipline and physical fitness.</p><p>Cadet life at VMI is defined by the time that cadets spend in class during the academic day, times when cadets meet military and athletic obligations, and times when they may choose to participate in developmental activities like career or personal counseling, academic advising and improvement of learning skills, clubs and organizations, volunteer work and others.</p>

Leadership

<p>The mission of Army ROTC is to commission the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army and to motivate young people to be better citizens. Any cadet interested in developing leadership skills in a challenging environment will benefit from what Army ROTC has to offer, and there is no better Army ROTC unit than VMI’s Marshall-New Market Battalion. Those cadets who are committed to serving their country as an Army officer will find themselves well prepared by the top Army ROTC program in the nation. Those who wish to be successful in civilian life will find themselves equally well prepared by the best leadership program anywhere. Army ROTC is centered on leadership development, in both classroom and field environments, with individual feedback and counseling provided to each cadet. In addition, Army ROTC sponsors a number of extracurricular cadet clubs and activities, including the Cadet Battery, Ranger Platoon, and the competitive Ranger Challenge.</p>

Army ROTC at VMI

<p>In Army ROTC, your focus is on leadership.  In the classroom, you’ll study the techniques of leading and the characteristics of successful leaders.  During labs and field exercises, you’ll put those studies into practice.  You’ll learn to build your team, assess situations quickly and completely, make decisions under pressure, and take measured risks to achieve your goals.</p><p>You’ll be continually evaluated on 17 leadership dimensions.  You’ll get immediate feedback and individual counseling toward improvement.  As you progress, you’ll take on increasing levels of responsibility for the training of fellow cadets and the planning of Corps of Cadet activities.</p><p>At the end of your junior year, you’ll attend “Warrior Forge,” a 4-week test of your leadership ability.  In past years, VMI cadets have established a proven record of excellence at “Warrior Forge,” with an average of 50% ranking in the best qualified tier, and many of these rated as the top cadets in their unit.  Afterwards, you may earn the opportunity to “intern” with an active Army unit.  Each summer an average of 15 cadets have the opportunity to spend three weeks as acting platoon leaders in a variety of units stationed in the United States and overseas.</p><p>After your sophomore year, you may advance your military skills at special Army schools … Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare, or even the Northern Warfare School.  On average, 20-30 VMI cadets attend these courses each year and earn the right to permanently wear the appropriate qualification badge.</p><p>You can also showcase your military skills as part of the VMI Ranger Company or ROTC’s varsity sport called Ranger Challenge.  The VMI Ranger Challenge team excels in state and regional competitions with other ROTC programs.</p>