Radford University ROTC Cadet completing Cultural Learning Project in Guyana

The four-year program consists of a two-year basic course and a two-year advanced course.

The basic course is normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years and imposes no military obligation to students unless they are on an ROTC scholarship. Non-contracted students (those not on an ROTC Scholarship) may withdraw from the program at any time.

The advanced course provides instruction in further leadership development, organization and management, tactics and administration. Adanced course cadets attend the 30-day Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, between their junior and senior years. This course is focused on solving complex problems at the company-level. Cadets will arrive at CLC with a baseline of military skill sets, and will have developed critical thinking and problem-solving abilities during the academic years. CLC builds upon work accomplished on campus and develops the Cadet's small unit leadership ability in a tactical environment. The leadership experience supports continued Cadet development during the MS IV year. 

Cadets are paid and reimbursed for travel expenses and receive free room and board, medical and dental care, and other benefits while training.

The two-year program permits transfer students and students entering a two-year, post-graduate course of study to take ROTC.  Students in the two-year program are required to attend the Cadet Initail Entry Training (CIET) summer training prior to entering the two-year program. Expenses for attending this program are paid as in the CLC program

Classroom instruction is part of your development as an army officer. As a cadet, you will take four years of military science classes which are designated as MS I, II, III, and IV years. As a traditional Army ROTC program, uniforms are only worn to Army class, physical training and labs. Cadets may wear civilian clothes to other classes and university functions. Uniforms and gear are provided at no cost to the cadet.

Course information covers:

  • Management principles
  • National defense
  • Military history
  • Leadership development
  • Military courtesy
  • Discipline
  • Customs