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Training

Victory TowerBasic Course
The first two years of ROTC offer many diverse and challenging opportunities. During the one-hour weekly courses, you’ll learn leadership skills, the organization of the Army, basic soldiering skills, first aid, and communications. You’ll also have the opportunity to rappel and acquire marksmanship skills. You are welcome to participate in any physical training or adventure training that we conduct. You can also receive credit for the Basic Course if you completed four years of Junior ROTC (of any service) in high school. If you have not completed four semesters of the Basic Course or are not qualified through JROTC participation, you can still receive credit for the Basic Course in order to enroll in the Advance Course by completing the Leadership Training Course.

Basic Camp

If you are already a sophomore and haven’t considered ROTC until now, it is not too late. Basic Camp is your opportunity to not only enter the ROTC program as a junior but also to compete for a scholarship. Students in their sophomore year have the opportunity to attend Basic Camp during the summer for five weeks at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Basic Camp, and the two-year program entry point, provides instruction in the basic leadership and technical skills that will prepare you for your junior and senior years of ROTC. Through Basic Camp you can examine the Army without incurring an obligation and qualify for Advanced Course entry. During this camp you have the opportunity to compete for over 400 two-year ROTC scholarships. All travel expenses are paid in addition to the pay you will receive while attending camp.

Advanced Course
The last two years of ROTC comprise the Advanced Course. You must sign a contract and agree to serve in the Army Reserve, National Guard or Active Army to complete this program. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Course, you will be an Army Second Lieutenant. Your junior year you will learn small unit tactics and will be taught to lead squad and platoon-sized units. As a senior, you will learn the basics of being an Army officer. In addition, you will train the juniors.

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The junior year is the culminating year for being evaluated and undergoing the most intense leadership training. The summer following the junior year is spent attending the Advanced Camp, a five-week course in training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Cadets are evaluated on leadership fundamentals and individual training. The senior year is spent polishing leadership techniques you will use as a Second Lieutenant. You will also coach, teach, and mentor the entire corps of cadets.

Over the course of a cadet's four years, additional training (such as physical training, weekend field training at Fort Jackson, and leadership lab time) will be required according to your class level. When not required it is always encouraged. Contrary to popular belief, cadets are not subjected to hellish road marches, drill sergeant hazing, or pushups in the rain at the drop of a hat.

Leadership Lab
The Leadership Lab is an opportunity once a week for the cadets to implement and build on the leadership skills learned in the classroom.  Cadets are rotated between various leadership positions and practice leading other cadets.  Leadership Lab activities include land navigation, infantry battle tactics, marksmanship, and even water survival training.

ROTC Physical TrainingPhysical Training
We strongly encourage a healthy lifestyle that incorporates a regular fitness program. Our physical training (PT) consists of running, playing sports, lifting weights, doing obstacle courses, and many other activities that are fun and get us into good physical condition. Our juniors and seniors along with all scholarship students are required to partake in PT three days a week, generally on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 A.M. For the rest, it is considered an optional activity.

Ranger Challenge- The Varsity Sport of ROTCRC 2
Ranger Challenge consists of competition between teams from each ROTC detachment at various colleges and universities. Eleven cadet teams compete in a rigorous two-day competition consisting of eight events. The events vary each year but may include the Army Physical Fitness Test, a written patrolling exam, basic rifle marksmanship, orienteering, a hand grenade assault course, weapons assembly, the construction of a one-rope bridge, and the 6.2 mile road march in full combat gear. 

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Optional Training

airborneSchoolAirborne School - All it takes is 3 weeks at Fort Benning, a couple gallons of sweat, a few thousand falls, and 5 little steps out of an aircraft 1,200 feet up, and you will earn the coveted wings of the U.S. Army Paratrooper. Cadets have the opportunity to compete for a slot to the U.S. Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. There they participate with other cadets, enlisted personnel, and officers in this challenging three-week course. After learning how to properly execute a parachute-landing fall, participants will jump five times from military aircraft. Graduates of Airborne School earn the right to wear their jump wings.

airAssaultSchoolLogoairAssaultSchoolAir Assault School - Cadets may compete for a slot to Air Assault School held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During this ten-day course, you will master rappelling, rigging helicopter sling loads, and a monster obstacle course. In addition, you'll learn how to guide aircraft and set up landing zones. You’ll have to reach deep inside yourself, too, to find the courage to lean backwards out of a helicopter 100 feet above the ground! After 10 days, the only thing standing between you and your Air Assault wings will be a 12 mile road march with 35 pounds on your back.

Army tank Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT)
- Cadets may have the option of attending Cadet Troop Leadership Training. CTLT involves following a Second Lieutenant in an active-duty or reserve unit for a number of weeks. Cadets are exposed to the daily-life of a platoon leader and are given responsibilities that they will encounter upon commissioning. CTLT gives the cadet an excellent opportunity to preview a branch for accessions or to simply get a real-life lesson of the Army.

Other Activities

Cadets may chose to honor our nation when they serve as members of various color guards that represents our Nation, the Army, and Wofford. Outside of ROTC cadets can take advantage of the full range of extra curricular activities and events offered at Wofford.

If you are interested in ROTC at Wofford, Converse, Limestone, or The University of South Carolina Upstate, and would like more information on our program, please email stricklenws@wofford.edu or call (864)-597-4338.