The University of Texas at El Paso UTEP Military Science
ROTC Experience    

“My experience in ROTC has shown me how to stay organized in order to balance school, ROTC and my National Guard commitments. It has helped me to face my fears and learn to lead groups of people. It has also helped to improve my public speaking skills. This was especially important for me because I am a first generation American.”

Cadet Julio C. Ortiz
El Paso, Texas

Leadership and Excellence
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.

Basic Camp

Qualified students who are selected to attend this four-week, paid leadership course receive placement credit upon successful completion for the ROTC Basic Course. This qualifies the student for enrollment into the ROTC Advanced Course. In addition, this leadership course allows the student to qualify for a two-year scholarship. Selected students are offered a scholarship prior to attending camp. Also, a student can earn a scholarship while at the camp, based on demonstrated leadership ability and past academic record. Students who successfully complete the camp are awarded the Basic Camp completion ribbon, which is worn on the cadet uniform. Only prior-service Soldiers who have already gone through basic combat training will be exempt from Basic Camp.

Army ROTC Advanced Course

The Army ROTC 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. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Army ROTC Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

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
  • Communications
  • Code of Conduct
  • First Aid
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Junior Year: Small Unit Training

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Nuclear, Biochemical and Chemical Warfare
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Human Behavior
  • Math Reasoning
  • Computer Science
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Senior Year: Transition To Becoming An Officer

  • Military Justice
  • Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
  • Army Personnel Management
  • Army Logistics
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Advanced Camp

The ROTC Advanced Camp is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet. The 33-day training event incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. WARRIOR FORGE tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity, and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual’s ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations.

Advanced Camp places each cadet in a variety of leadership positions, many of which simulate stressful combat situations. In each position, cadets will receive evaluations from platoon tactical and counseling (TAC) officers and noncommissioned officers. In addition to proving their leadership ability, cadets and officer candidates must meet established standards in physical fitness, weapons training, communication, combat patrols and demonstrate their proficiency in many other military skills. Cadets and officer candidates must excel at Advanced Camp to be considered competitive for a commission as an Army officer.

This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.