Prospective Students


CDT Cody Fryxell participating in the long jump event to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Las Vegas, NV. Physical fitness is a key component in Army leadership.


What It Takes to Succeed

You must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student. See Admissions.

Students who bring the following attributes to the ROTC program have the highest rate of success:

    • Scholar (3.0 or higher GPA)
    • Athlete (physical fitness is critical. See below for info on the Army Physical Fitness Test)
    • Leader (elected or appointed leadership positions in extracurricular organizations)

Remember that any area that you don't fulfill can be corrected while in college. There are always opportunities to lead in campus organizations, improve your GPA, and increase your level of fitness.

Students will prepare for and take an Army Physical Fitness test that evaluates ability to accomplish three exercise tasks.

  • Push-ups (in two minutes)
  • Sit-ups (in two minutes)
  • Two-mile run (score based on completion time)

The scoring of each event is determined by your age and gender. Check out this link for your standards.

Volunteering is always encouraged and is a key part in the life of any leader. MSUB's ROTC program routinely logs more volunteer hours than any other campus organization. Remember – in addition to helping your community, volunteering looks great on scholarship applications and resumes!


Each semester you will have a classroom course for ROTC. Below are details for what you'll learn based on your year in school.


Military Science 101 & 102 - Freshman Year

  • Introduction to leadership (Army values, attributes, skills, actions)
  • Introduction to the Army (Rank Structure, Customs & Courtesies, Drill & Ceremony)
  • Officership and the army profession
  • Orienteering, map reading, land navigation, basic tactics

Military Science 201 & 202 - Sophomore Year

  • Foundations of leadership (team building, situational leadership, adaptive leadership, leadership analysis)
  • Personal development (briefings, interpersonal communication, effective writing, advanced time management)
  • Advanced map reading, terrain analysis, route planning, problem solving, battle drills, offensive operations

""Between Sophomore and Junior Year

To continue your ROTC career and enroll in the last two years you must make a commitment to the Army. You also need to meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Completed all four semesters of your MS-I and II years. This means MSG 101, 102, 201, & 202.
  • Completed Basic Combat Training
  • Completed the Leader's Training Course, a four-week course designed for ROTC cadets who don't meet either of the above requirements.

Military Science 301 & 302- Junior Year

  • Squad- and Platoon-level Leadership (team dynamics, developing future leaders, leadership styles and behavior)
  • Operational Order planning
  • Advanced land navigation, intelligence preparation of the battlefield, troop leading procedures, squad tactics

Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC), aka Warrior Forge

  • Warrior Forge at Ft. Lewis, Wash. (usually summer after junior year) – This month-long training event is designed specifically for MS-III cadets and employs everything they've learned in realistic training environments. Your performance at LDAC is constantly evaluated in 17 different leadership dimensions and determines what you'll do in the Army after you graduate and commission.

Military Science 401 & 402- Senior Year

  • Battalion-level Leadership (command, staff duty, and training plans)
  • Military professional ethics, ethical decision-making, code of conduct, rules of engagement, cultural awareness
  • Training, risk management process, counseling, evaluation reports, career management
  • Military decision-making process, organization for combat, supply and logistics, military history


  1. CDT Cody Fryxell participating in the long jump event to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Las Vegas, NV. Physical fitness is a key component in Army leadership.
  2. Cadets attempting to solve the Spiderweb puzzle during the Field Leaders Reaction Course. ROTC and the Army emphasize innovation and teamwork.