Course Information

Army ROTC classes take no more of your time than most other college courses and count as credit towards your college diploma. The traditional Four-Year Program is made up of two years of basic courses and two years of advanced courses.
For more information on the 4-year Army ROTC program, Army Scholarships.

The Basic Course 

You can enroll in the Basic Course without making any commitment to the military. The basic course teaches principles of leadership and fundamental military skills, while introducing you to the U.S. Army and officer career opportunities. VMI instructors introduce cadets to common soldier tasks. These tasks function as the basic building blocks on which all soldiers build their Army knowledge. Cadre instruct cadets on land navigation, map reading, weapons assembly and disassembly, rifle marksmanship, first aid, rappelling, patrolling, and more.

The Advanced Course 

In the Advanced Course, cadets put the knowledge that they acquired in the basic course to work. This course focuses on leadership development. Instructors assess cadet’s ability to perform under pressure situations. During classroom and field training exercises, instructors assess cadets on numerous leadership dimensions including decision – making skills, time management, troop leading procedures, and much more.

The Two – Year Program 

Leader's Training Course

Leader's Training Course is an intensive 28-day training experience for college students unable to meet the basic course requirements on campus.

Leader's Training Course is the Army’s 2-year ROTC Program entry point. Through the Leader's Training Course, students without ROTC Basic Course experience can examine the Army without incurring an obligation, and qualify for Advanced Course entry. The Army observes these students and determines their officer potential in a leadership oriented, challenging, and motivating 28-day training program.

A successful camp begins with recruitment of quality students who have a desire to learn about ROTC and an Army Officer career. Training during camp educates, challenges, motivates, and demonstrates to the student the demands and rewards of being an Army Officer. Leader's Training Course is the student’s and the Army’s vehicle for determining future ROTC involvement.

The camp philosophy is based on an action-oriented training plan. Emphasis is hands on, outdoor training with rapid, constructive feedback to the cadet. Above all else, Leader's Training Course is a leadership experience. The training program is designed to inspire students to become outstanding leaders with a sound understanding of traditional leadership values. At the Leader's Training Course, students are trained to lead and develop their officer leadership potential.

The Leader's Training Course will give you some very special skills while simultaneously presenting you a combination of mental and physical challenges. Challenges that are specifically designed to bring out your leadership potential. It's full of adventure, excitement and it's fun. An added benefit is the opportunity it provides to meet many other college students and establish some valuable and potentially lifelong relationships. In many ways, this course will raise your leadership stock in an amazingly short period of time --twenty -eight days.

The 28-day leader's Training Course is conducted during the summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky and it consists of three phases --the "Future leader" phase, "Bold Leader" phase and "Discover Gold" phase.

During the "Future Leader" phase you'll rappel, participate in a leadership reaction course, learn water survival and stream crossing techniques, first aid, weapons and how to navigate on land using a map and compass during the day and night. You'll be challenged physically throughout this entire phrase. You'll learn when to lead and when and how to follow.:

During phase two, the "Bold Leader" phase we'll teach you small unit tactics. We'll put you through a self confidence building obstacle course, rock climbing, paintball and the tarzan assault course. With your newly established confidence in water survival you'll participate in small boat or raft operations. Additionally, this phase highlights the importance of teamwork and a balanced lifestyle of work and recreation.

Finally, during the "Discover Gold" phase you'll participate in some very entertaining social events, a family day and the culmination of the course -- the graduation ceremony.

Visit the LTC website Leader's Training Course Website 

You may attend Leader's Training Course if you:

Have not completed all four semesters of Military Science I and II.
Are medically qualified to attend.
Are transferring from a school that did not have ROTC.
Are a junior or community college transfer entering a ROTC school and have no prior active or Reserve component military experience.
Are a graduate student, starting a two-year program.
Are a high-school graduate entering a military junior college.

-Students with prior military service, or who have taken Junior ROTC, may be given credit for Basic Course completion and would not be required to attend Leader's Training Course

-Travel expenses are covered and students are paid a modest amount for their time at LTC.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Students who attend the Leader's Training Course may compete for a Two-Year Army ROTC scholarship while at camp. These merit scholarships are awarded to the most qualified students who apply. For more information on the requirements and benefits from a Leader's Training Course scholarship, see the Three and Two Year Scholarship Page.


When it comes to intense leadership training, VMI’s Army ROTC department has excellent resources at its disposal. On campus, VMI features its own 180 foot rappelling cliff, indoor 9mm range, outdoor rifle range, obstacle course, land navigation course, and much more. In addition to training areas in and around VMI’s campus, Army ROTC utilizes Fort A.P. Hill and Fort Pickett, VA for its numerous filed training exercises.