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Programs

Radford University ROTC Cadets watcing their instructor carefully and learning to tie a special rope knot.

Radford University ROTC Cadets watcing their instructor carefully and learning to tie a special rope knot.

The four-year program consists of a two-year basic course and a two-year advanced course. The basic course is normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years. 

The basic course imposes no military obligation to students unless they are on an ROTC scholarship, and they may withdraw from the program at any time.

The advanced course provides instruction in further leadership development, organization and management, tactics and administration. Adanced course cadets attend the 32-day Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) conducted at Fort Lewis, Wash., between their junior and senior years. This course enables cadets to put into practice the principles and theories they have acquired from on-campus classroom and laboratory instruction. 

Cadets are paid and reimbursed for travel expenses and receive free room and board, medical and dental care, and other benefits while training.

The two-year program permits transfer students and students entering a two-year, post-graduate course of study to take ROTC.  Students in the two-year program receive the same financial assistance as other advanced course students. Cadets receive pay, plus the same benefits received during LDAC, while attending basic camp.

Classroom instruction is part of your development as an army officer. As a cadet, you will take four years of military science classes which are designated as MS I, II, III, and IV years. As a traditional Army ROTC program, uniforms are only worn to Army class, physical training and labs. Cadets may wear civilian clothes to other classes and university functions. Uniforms are provided at no cost to the cadet.

Course information covers:

  • Management principles
  • National defense
  • Military history
  • Leadership development
  • Military courtesy
  • Discipline
  • Customs