BASIC COURSE (No military obligation required)

MS I Freshman

This year serves as the Cadet's introduction to the Army. These courses are open to all students at MSU and there is no military obligation required for enrollment. Subjects covered:

  • Role and Organization of the Army
  • Customs and Traditions of the Army
  • Military Leadership, Ethics, and Values
  • First Aid
  • Basic Map Reading Skills
  • Basic Small Unit Tactics
  • Marksmanship

MS II Sophomore

The second year is an expansion of the topics taught in the first year of the program, with a new focus on hands-on leadership opportunities. As with the freshmen year, these courses are open to all MSU students without obligation. Subjects covered:

  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Advanced Map Reading Skills
  • Small Unit Tactics
  • Battle Drills
  • Practical Leadership Training
  • Marksmanship


Basic Camp

Cadets attend Basic Camp if they have two years remaining in school before graduation, and did not take the first two years of ROTC, prior military service is also credit for the first two years of ROTC. Those who choose this option attend a paid four week summer course conducted at Fort Knox, KY. Cadets learn the same skills and fundamentals of military science and leadership they would have received in the first two years of ROTC in a more rapid, intense sequence. Cadets who complete Basic Camp may be awarded 2-year scholarships, if eligible.


Advanced Course (Military Obligation)

MS III Junior

The third year marks the beginning of the Advanced Course. While any MSU student may take the first two years with no military obligation, third and fourth year cadets must sign a contract to serve as an officer following graduation. Cadets who enroll must have academic Junior, Senior, or graduate status with four semesters remaining. The subjects covered:

  • Advanced Small Unit Tactics
  • Advanced Land Navigation
  • Advanced Practical Leadership Training
  • Develop Students' Ability to Organize, Prepare, and Conduct Training
  • Marksmanship


Advanced Camp

Advanced Camp is a paid five week leadership course at Fort Knox, KY held during the summer. All cadets attend this training between their Junior and Senior years. At Advanced Camp, cadets are evaluated on their performance and leadership abilities in a variety of tasks and positions. Cadets also participate in team obstacle courses, rappelling , water safety, weapons firing, and patrolling. Cadets must attend this course to earn an Army commission.


MS IV Senior

The final year of the ROTC Program is to prepare Cadets to become successful Lieutenants in The Army upon graduation. Senior Cadets apply for their branch choice of interest in the fall and receive branching results the following semester. Cadets are assigned battalion staff positions and are responsible for evaluating and counseling underclass cadets. Subjects covered:

  • Function and Relationship between Staff
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Role and Responsibilities of Armed Forces in American Society
  • Military Justice System/International Military Law
  • Preparation from Student to Officer