ROTC: Army ROTC/Military Science

Military science is a program available to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their college or major. The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program qualifies students for appointment as officers of the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Students other than those with ROTC scholarships attend the first two years of study without incurring any commitment to serve in the military. The program includes class work and leadership laboratories, which develop leadership, confidence, maturity, responsibility, and dependability. Additionally, a variety of challenging extracurricular activities are open to all students. These include the National Society of Pershing Rifles, the Association of the United States Army Ram Company, Ranger Challenge, the Army Color Guard, Drill Team, and an Army 10-Mile Running Team. Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of social events, including the annual Military Ball, a Dining In, and several high-profile New York City events.

Students may enter the program at any time up until the start of their junior year. Challenging and fun summer training is conducted between junior and senior years. Graduates of the program earn a commission as an U.S. Army second lieutenant.

New York City Army ROTC Information

For information about Army ROTC, scholarships, paid summer internships, and other options, contact our enrollment officer in Room 130 of Faculty Memorial Hall; write to:

NYC ROTC, Fordham University
441 E. Fordham Rd
Bronx, NY 10458

Call: 718-817-4798
E-mail: ROTCRoo@fordham.edu
Visit our website at: www.NYCROTC.com

Special Programs

Leadership Development and Assessment Course

This program is a paid 32-day advanced military internship at Fort Lewis, Washington, which is mandatory for all students who have completed MS 3101 and 3201. Emphasis is on the training, assessment, and development of students as leaders and soldiers prior to their senior year. The environment is highly structured and demanding, with a focus on leadership at the small unit level under varied and challenging conditions. Camp performance weighs heavily in the selection process that determines the specialty and job opportunities available to the student upon graduation and subsequent commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Physical Development

All students participate in an individual physical-fitness program to increase strength and endurance. The program focuses on developing and sustaining individual fitness and health habits for lifetime wellness.

Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT)

A variety of three- to four-week summer and winter intercession training opportunities are available to qualified students. These include the following four programs:

Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT)

Army schools and special courses may be available following the freshman, sophomore, and junior years. These may include Air Assault (helicopter insertion operations), Basic Airborne (parachutist), Mountain Warfare Operations, Northern Warfare Operations, and an international program at a University Officer Training Center in the United Kingdom.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

Select Leadership Development and Assessment Course graduates may have the opportunity to serve as leaders with active Army units or government agencies either in the United States or overseas. Specialized programs may include paid internships with the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Army Corps of Engineers, and Mounted Maneuver Training.

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)

A clinical elective available to qualified Army nurse cadets following the Leadership Development and Assessment course. This three-week program provides opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills in a clinical setting. Training by Army Nurse Corps preceptors is conducted at selected U.S. Army Medical Treatment Facilities either in the United States or overseas.

Cadet Field Training (CFT)

An eight-week program combines seven weeks of field training at the United States Military Academy at West Point with a one-week introduction to mechanized operations at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This program is only available following sophomore year.

For more information

Visit the Army ROTC program webpage.

Academic Credit

Army ROTC cadets may be granted credit for some military science courses that fulfill certain degree requirements. MLSC 2101 BASIC LDRSHIP DEVEL-PH 1 and MLSC 2201 BASIC LDSHP DEV PHASE II each receive three credits. MLSC 2201 BASIC LDSHP DEV PHASE II may be substituted for the junior core management course (MGBU 3223 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT) when taken in combination with MLSC 3201 ADV LDSP & MGMT PHASE II. In the junior year, MLSC 3201 ADV LDSP & MGMT PHASE II is a three-credit elective. In the senior year, MLSC 4201 CMND & STF TRNG & MGT II counts as a four-credit, nonbusiness elective. An additional credit may be added to each of these courses if done in conjunction with an approved Service-Learning Credit Project such as the St. James Community Center After-School Tutoring Program or Boy Scout Troop Support. Other military science courses are not applied to the degree requirement. If a military science course is taken for credit, it may count as one of the courses in the student’s normal course load. ROTC courses are taken without charge.

Basic Courses

Open to all freshmen and sophomore students without obligation. Students compete for contracted status based on grades and physical fitness. Contracted students receive $300 to $350 per month as a stipend during the school year. Service commitment varies with the type of scholarship, typically four years of active duty and four years of reserve duty as an officer. Classroom instruction is supplemented with practical exercises, placing students in positions of progressively increasing responsibility.

MLSC 1101. INTR LDRSHIP & US ARMY 1. (0 Credits)

This is an introductory course open to all students without obligation. It focuses on the military as a profession and examines its organization, ethics and values. The course explores the responsibilities and impact of leadership and the rules, customs and traditions of military service. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of land navigation, physical fitness, drill and ceremonies, first aid and public speaking.

MLSC 1201. BASIC LDRSHP & MGMT II. (0 Credits)

Open to all students without obligation. The course explores leadership principles, decision-making and team building. Students are introduced to tactical systems and the field environment. Students learn advanced techniques in land navigation, terrain association, and first aid. Students also begin their program in professional military reading.

MLSC 1001. LEADERSHIP LABORATORY I. (0 Credits)

Provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principles and to plan, instruct and practice military skilss such as drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. Students in the Basic Course are organized into squads and platoons under the supervision of Advanced Course cadets. Senior cadets are responsible for Basic Course traning and logistics and function as officers within the cadet battalion. Cadets who will attend ROTC National Advanced Leadership Camp are provided with an intensive program of military and leadership skills enhancement and assessment under cadre direction.

MLSC 2101. BASIC LDRSHIP DEVEL-PH 1. (3 Credits)

Open to all students without obligation. Continues the basic leader development process. The course focuses on applying the fundamentals of leadership and team-building skills. Students gain an understanding of small team dynamics and the roles and responsibilities of junior leaders. The course further reinforces the ideals of service, ethics and values and developsstudents' confidence in their own skills, knowledge and attributes.

MLSC 2201. BASIC LDSHP DEV PHASE II. (3 Credits)

Open to all students without obligation. The course continues the application of leadership and team-building principles. Proficiency in individual skills and leadership abilities is assessed during situational training to evaluate students in leadership roles. Advanced techniques in problem analysis, sound decision making, planning and organizing, delegation, control and interpersonalskills. Advanced small team operations, movement techniques and tactics are emphasized.

MLSC 2001. LEADERSHIP LABORATORY II. (0 Credits)

Provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply skilss such as drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. Students in the Basic Course are organized into squads and platoons under the supervision of Advanced Course cadets. Senior cadets are Leadership Camp are provided with an intensive program of military and leadership skills enhancement and assessment under cadre direction.

Army ROTC Leader’s Training Course

The Leader’s Training Course (LTC) is a 28-day paid summer military internship at Fort Knox, Kentucky. LTC gives you some very special skills. It simultaneously presents you with a combination of mental and physical challenges that are specifically designed to bring out your leadership potential. Students who are completing their sophomore year and accepted graduate students with two years remaining until graduation may meet prerequisites for the Advanced Course and apply for a two-year scholarship by completing LTC in lieu of the Basic Course. Interested students should apply in the fall, as slots are limited. Some slots may be available spring semester.

Advanced Courses

Open to all qualified juniors and seniors who have contracted with ROTC. Contracted cadets receive a $450 to $500 per month stipend during the school year. Classroom instruction is supplemented with practical application during leadership laboratories and field training exercises. These place the students in leadership positions of progressively increasing responsibility and introduce command and staff procedures. Cadets also are required to complete Professional Military Education (PME) requirements and demonstrate proficiency in military history, computer literacy, and both written and oral communication skills prior to commissioning.

MLSC 3101. ADV LDRSHIP & MGMT-PH 1. (0 Credits)

Expands and refines the leader development process. This is an intensive program to prepare cadets for tasks, skills and responsibilities associated with Advanced Camp. Cadets are trained and evaluated on the full range of leadership skills and attributes. Written and oral communication skills, motivational behavior, interpersonal skills, administrative procedures, decision-making and military field skills are emphasized. Must be taken in conjunction with MSBU 3001.

MLSC 3201. ADV LDSP & MGMT PHASE II. (3 Credits)

Expands on the skills introduced in MSBU 3101 and incorporates increasingly challenging situations involving military technical, tactical and leadership skills. Advanced training in marksmanship and physical fitness is emphasized. Course culminates with several field training exercises where students are placed in simulated combat and evaluated on performance. Course is designed to bring cadets to peak proficiency in physical conditioning and leadership ability. Must be taken in conjunction with MSBU 3001.

MLSC 3001. LEADERSHIP LABORATORY III. (0 Credits)

See MSBU 4001 for description.

MLSC 4001. LEADERSHIP LABORATORY IV. (0 Credits)

Provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principles and to plan, instruct and practice military skills such as drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness Students in the Basic Course are organized into squads and platoons under the supervision of Advanced Course cadets. Senior cadets are responsible for basic course training and logistics. and function as officers within the cadet battalion. Cadets who will attend ROTC Advanced Camp are provided with an intensive program of military and leadership skills enhancement and assessment under cadre direction.

MLSC 4101. CMD/STF TRAIN & MGMT-PH1. (0 Credits)

Refines military skills and knowledge to the precommissioning level. Senior students assume leadership roles as cadet commanders, staff officers, or staff assistants responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of all cadet training and operations. Training focuses on Army legal, administrative, and logistical systems and training methodologies. It reinforces individual competencies and maximizes opportunities for practical application of leadership skills. Must be taken in conjunction with MSBU 4001.

MLSC 4201. CMND & STF TRNG & MGT II. (4 Credits)

Culminates the leader development process at the precommissioning level. Designed to prepare cadets for transition from cadet to Second Lieutenant. Instruction seeks to expand the frame of reference. Cadets examine ethical and legal issues related to being an officer and continue to improve their leader and decision-making skills. Several practical exercises and field training events supplement classroom instruction. Must be taken in conjunction with MSBU 4001. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.