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LTC Kenneth Hutchison

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Mr. Josh Shay

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Phone: (620) 235-4859
Fax: (620) 235-4862

Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762
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Training & Curriculum

It's Not For Everyone-Just the Leaders of Tomorrow

The specific education you receive in Army ROTC will include things like leadership development, military skills and adventure training. This will take place both in the classroom and in the field, but you will have a normal daily schedule like all college students. Army ROTC is comprised of two phases: Basic Course and Advanced Course.

Army ROTC Basic Course

The Basic Course normally takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It 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.

Freshman Year: The Role Of The Army

Roles and Origins of the Army

Army Customs and Traditions

Branches of the Army

Military Operations and Tactics



Sophomore Year: The Role Of An Officer

Role of the Officer and Noncommissioned Officer


Code of Conduct

First Aid

Principles of War

Military Operations and Tactics

Lateral Entry (Those wanting to start ROTC in their Junior year.)

Cadets take part in Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) when they enter Army ROTC going into their junior year. This course—made up of four phases—allows Cadets to "catch up" to those who joined in their freshman or sophomore years. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Leadership Training Exercises.

Army ROTC Advanced Course (Junior and Senior years)

The Advanced Course takes place 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 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.

Junior Year: Small Unit Training

Command and Staff Functions

Law of War


Human Behavior

Math Reasoning

Computer Science

Military Operations and Tactics

Senior Year: Transition To Becoming An Officer

Military Justice

Army Personnel Management

Army Logistics

Post and Installation Support

Military Operations and Tactics



Cadet Leaders Course

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Cadet Leaders Course. It's a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.