Cadet Training

Military Science Classes

Freshman Year

During Freshman Year, MS I cadets will take a 1 credit hour ROTC Class per semester. These classes include:

  • MS 101- Introduction to Leadership and Values I (Fall)
  • MS 102- Basic Military Leadership (Spring)

Cadets will learn:

  • Roles and Origins of the Army
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Branches of the Army
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Sophomore Year

During Sophomore Year, MS II cadets will take a 2 credit hour ROTC Class per semester. These classes include:

  • MS 201- Intermediate Leadership Theory I (Fall)
  • MS 202- Intermediate Leadership Theory II (Spring)

Cadets will learn:

  • Role of the Officer and Noncommissioned Officer
  • Communications
  • Code of Conduct
  • First Aid
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Junior Year

During Junior Year, MS III cadets will take a 3 credit hour ROTC Class per semester. These classes include:

  • MS 301- Military Leadership and Training Management (Fall)
  • MS 302- Intermediate Small Unit Tactics (Spring)

Cadets will learn:

  • 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

During Senior Year, MS IV cadets will take a 3 credit hour ROTC Class per semester. These classes include:

  • MS 401- Advanced Military Science – Leadership and Systems Management (Fall)
  • MS 402- Advanced Military Science – Military Justice, Ethics and Professionalism (Spring)

Cadets will learn:

  • Military Decision Making Process (MDMP)
  • Training Plans
  • Logistical Planning
  • Ethical Decision Making

Clubs and Teams

Ranger Challenge

The Ranger Challenge competition is held every year during the fall semester and includes a 10 mile course with One Rope Bridge, Aid and Litter, hand grenade assault course, patrolling exam, written land navigation, land navigation, commander’s challenge (mystery event), recon event, obstacle course, and last but not least the Army Physical Fitness Test.

Tryouts take place during the first two weeks of the fall semester. The Ranger Company Commander and First Sergeant pick up to 15-18 Cadets to participate in Ranger Company training throughout the semester. The cadets who are in Ranger Company are the most mentally and physically fit in the program. Tryouts are open to anybody in the program who is interested.

Ten-Miler Team

The Ten-Miler Team trains during the fall semester for the Army Ten-Miler that is held in Washington D.C. every October. Tryouts are held in the beginning of the Fall semester and are open to anybody in the program who is interested.

Color Guard

The Color Guard team presents the National Colors at various events in the Raleigh area, including sporting events held by North Carolina State University . Organizations wishing to have a posting invite the team to perform at conference or ceremony openings. The team is highly selective and is looking for those who are the most sharp and have the best attention to detail in the program.

Cadet Summer Training

Basic Camp

Basic Camp is the premier leadership program of its kind in the United States. An intense four-week introduction to Army life and leadership training of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, the aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the Senior ROTC program. Basic Camp, as it’s known, is designed for college students, typically between their sophomore and junior years. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at their college as a third-year student in the four-year program.

While attending Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Ky., Cadets gain an experience that runs the gamut of Army life and the responsibilities of being an officer. The course instills confidence and decision-making abilities to become a leader, in the Army and in life.Cadets spend their first few days learning Army basics under the tutelage of drill sergeants. They also take their first Army Physical Fitness Test, which consists of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run. Shortly after the course begins, Cadets are introduced to working in a small-group team-based dynamic in activities such as an obstacle course to accomplish set goals.

Advanced Camp

Advanced Camp is held annually at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The U.S. Army’s largest training exercise, Advanced Camp is the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training event.

The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC Cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership skills, and to evaluate their officer potential. Most Army Cadets attend Advanced Camp between their junior and senior undergraduate years after having contracted to join the Army. Successful completion of Advanced Camp is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC.

The 29-day course starts with individual training and leads to collective training, building from simple to complex tasks. This building-block approach permits integration of previously-learned skills into follow-on training. This logical, common-sense training sequence is maintained for each training cycle. Every day at Advanced Camp is a day of training.

Extra Opportunities

Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP)

The CULP program offers cadets a unique opportunity to study foreign languages and cultures in a host country. Through this program, you can also earn credits towards a foreign language and earn incentive pay. To be eligible for the highly-competitive CULP program you must be contracted. Related to the CULP program, is the Critical Language Incentive Pay (CLIP). This program gives raises the stipend for contracted cadets if they enroll in classes in a critical language. Examples of critical languages include: Arabic, Pashto, Chinese, Korean.

Project GO (Global Officers)

Project GO is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for ROTC students. Project GO programs focus exclusively on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, and Africa.

More information on Project GO can be found at this link: http://gold.chass.ncsu.edu/about/

Military Schools

Selected Cadets have the opportunity to attend some of the challenging, yet fulfilling, schools that the Military has to offer. These include:

  • Basic Airborne Course (BAC)
  • Air Assault School
  • Army Mountain Warfare School
  • Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course