Army ROTC: Basic and Advanced Course
The Basic Course
The Basic Course teaches decision-making, team building, and communication skills, in addition to military history and operations. The Basic Course or an equivalent program and the Advanced Course must be completed in order to be eligible for commission.
All full-time students are eligible for enrollment in the Basic Course without incurring a military obligation. Requirements for completion of the Basic Course are MSL 111, 112, 211, and 212 and associated labs. Placement credit for the Basic Course may be granted to students who have completed initial entry training in Leader's Training Course, membership in the National Guard or Army Reserve, or prior honorable military service.
The Advanced Course
The Advanced Course is the primary officer preparation program, which means that you will be involved with analysis of leadership ethics, small unit leadership and tactics, and command operations. The Advanced Course consists of twelve academic credits of classroom instruction. Students also attend a paid, five-week advanced leadership and tactics course, Army ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course, between their junior and senior years.
Upon fulfillment of the Basic Course requirements, students become eligible for entrance into the Advanced Course. Eligible students must apply and receive the permission of the Professor of Military Science and Leadership to gain entry. The competition for commissions is intense, and the basis for selection is your leadership potential, overall grade point average, and extra- curricular activities. Once you are accepted into the Advanced Course, you will receive a monthly tax-free stipend of at least $400. In addition, the Advanced Course students become the student leaders for the University of Portland Army ROTC Cadet Battalion.
This course obligates you to agree to finish the Army ROTC program, and completion of all military science requirements qualifies the student to apply for congressional appointment as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.