The Four Year Program

The four-year Army ROTC program is divided into two parts called the basic course and the advanced course.

Basic Course

The Basic Course normally takes place as elective courses during your first two years in college. It typically involves one elective class or lab each semester. You will learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership, as well as start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Course without a military commitment.

Advanced Course

Students who demonstrate the potential to become Army officers and who meet the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the advanced course.

The Advanced Course takes place as elective courses during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class or lab each semester, plus a summer leadership course at Fort Knox, KY. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning, and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate. Juniors who did not take the Army ROTC Basic Course must first complete Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY before entering the Army ROTC Advance Course.  


The Two-Year Program

This special program is for junior and community college graduates or students who did not take Army ROTC during their first two years of college. To enter the two- year program, a student first participates in five weeks of basic leadership instruction at Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This usually takes place during the summer between the sophomore and junior years. Students are paid for attending and have the opportunity to compete for two-year scholarships upon completion. After successfully completing Basic Camp, six elective credits are awarded toward an ISU degree, and students who meet all the necessary requirements are enrolled in the advanced course.

The curriculum is a combination of classroom instruction of basic leadership, management, oral & written communication skills; physical training, counseling, map reading, and tactics with hands-on laboratory participation both indoors and outdoors. We conduct land navigation exercises, rappel, have paint ball battles, conduct first aid training, set-up a tactical field site, lead each other, and study basic soldier tactics to name a few of the activities. You will take one ROTC class eachsemester and participate in a physical fitness class and lab exercises.

You can read more details about the courses required in the Military Science program by viewing the Undergraduate Catalog.


Military Science Program Courses


Basic Course (Select a, b, or c)

a) The following four courses:


MSL 1101 : Leadership and Personal Development (2 cr)
and MSL 1101L: Leadership and Personal Development Laboratory


MSL 1102: Introduction to Tactical Leadership (2 cr)
and MSL 1102L: Introduction to Tactical Leadership Laboratory


MSL 2201: Innovative Team Leadership (3 cr)
and MSL 2201L: MSL 1102L: Innovative Team Leadership Laboratory


MSL 2202: Foundations of Tactical Leadership (3 cr)
and MSL 2202L: Foundations of Tactical Leadership Laboratory



MSL 1110: Military Style Physical Fitness Civilian Only

MSL 1104: Ranger Challenge


b) Attendance at ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY*.

c) Prior Military Service

* Attendance at ROTC Basic Camp is one means of completing the Basic Course. Students may sign up for MSL 2290 to receive 6 elective credits for Basic Camp.


Advanced Course (For contracted cadets ONLY)

MSL 3301: Adaptive Technical Leadership (4 cr)
and MSL 3301L: Adaptive Technical Leadership Laboratory


MSL 3302: Leadership in Changing Environments (4 cr)
and MSL 3302L: Leadership in Changing Environments Laboratory


MSL 3310: ROTC Physical Fitness* (1cr)

MSL 3320: Leadership in US Military History (3 cr)

MSL 4401: Developing Adaptive Leaders (4 cr)
and MSL 4401L: Developing Adaptive Leaders Laboratory


MSL 4402: Leadership in a Complex World (4 cr)
and MSL 4402L: Leadership in a Complex World Laboratory



MSL 1104: Ranger Challenge

MSL 3380: ROTC Nurse Seminar Training

MSL 3390: Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)**

MSL 4492: Military Science Internship


* Required if student is on scholarship and/or contracted.

** Attendance at Leader Development and Assessment Course (MSL 3390) is required of all contracted students normally between junior and senior year. Students may sign up for MSL 3390 to receive up to six credits for Leader Development and Assessment Course.

Enrollment in the Army ROTC Program

There are three types of enrollment in ROTC:  participating, enrolled and contracted. All Military Science are general electives applicable towards a Military Science Minor.

Participating  – Students attending a 100 or 200 level Military Science class are ineligible for benefits from ROTC and are not obligated to serve in the Military. They do not attend Field Training Exercises (FTX) or weekly labs

Enrolled  – Students attending a 100 or 200 level Military Science class and who have completed the ROTC enrollment process can participate in FTX’s and labs. They do not receive benefits from ROTC and are not obligated to service in the Military.

Contracted  – Students who have signed with ROTC will attend 300 and 400 level Military Science and physical fitness classes. Upon graduating, they will have a Military obligation and be commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

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Mailing Address
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921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 3185
Pocatello, ID 83209-8135



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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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