Army ROTC: Cadet Life
The typical weekly
schedule for an Army cadet includes physical training, academic instruction,
and hands-on field instruction.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, cadets meet at 6:30AM (0630 in military time!) to conduct physical exercise in order to develop, enhance, and challenge each cadet's physical abilities. Exercises often consist of distance running, sprinting, endurance workouts for the chest and abdominal muscles, crossfit training, rope climbing, and the standard push-ups and sit-ups--a cadet's condition will be tested each term in the Army Physical Fitness Test. This development and testing of physical endurance is a crucial part of the cadet's future Army career.
Cadets attend classes just like their fellow students, but their schedule is augmented with an exclusive course on leadership offered by the Military Science Department. Cadets attend the following courses:
in Leadership 1-3 --
Overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction,
problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback and using
effective writing skills. Students begin to explore leadership dimensions and
values Two 60-minute classes per week. Weekly 3-hour leadership labs required.
a Changing Environment 1-3 --
Examine the challenges of leading In complex contemporary
operational environments. Dimensions of the cross-cultural challenges of
leadership in a constantly changing world and their application to leadership
tasks and situations. Case studies and Importance of teamwork and tactics In
real world settings. Two 60-minute classes per week. Weekly 3-hour labs per
Leadership 1-3 --
Study of intense situational leadership challenges to build
student awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making,
persuading, and motivating team members when "under fire" are
explored, evaluated, and developed. Two 90 minute classes per week. Weekly
3-hour labs per quarter.
a Complex World 1-3 --
Explores the dynamics of leading In the complex situations of
current military operations. Students examine differences In customs and
courtesies, military law, principles of war and rules of engagement In the face
of International terrorism. Aspects of Interacting with non-governmental
organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support are
examined and evaluated. One 180-minute seminar per week. Weekly 3-hour labs per
also take a course on American Military History to satisfy their ROTC course
requirements. Here, cadets will undergo situational training exercises (STX), land
navigation practice, and other valuable, exciting training events. Finally,
cadets function within their own chain of command, serving in leadership
positions to supervise, develop, and assist their peers. Each cadet is assigned
a mentor from the preceding class, creating a network of trust and advice that
other students do not experience.