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.
The Leadership Training Course
If you are already a sophomore and haven’t considered ROTC until now, it is not too late. The Leadership Training Course 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 the Leadership Training Course during the summer for five weeks at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The Leadership Training Course, 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 the Leadership Training Course 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.
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.
Leader Development and Assessment course (LDAC)
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 National Advanced Leadership Camp, a five-week course in training at Fort Lewis, Washington. 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.
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.
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 ROTC
Ranger Challenge consists of competition between teams from each ROTC detachment at various colleges and universities. Nine man teams compete in a rigorous two-day competition consisting of eight events. The events are 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.
Airborne 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.
Air 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.
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.
Cadets may participate in other military activities such as The National Society of Scabbard and Blade military honor society. The Society was founded at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1904 in order to enhance the image of military training and the US military in general. The Society strives to promote esprit, community service and patriotism among its members. Members select pledges from the top 10% of the cadet battalion. These pledges go through a rigorous training period that includes military history training and community service prior to initiation.
Cadets may chose to serve as members of various color guards that represents our Nation, the Army, and Wofford.
Wofford ROTC also sponsors a fancy drill team that competes with other units from other colleges.
Training Doctrine for Cadets
Army Leadership FM 22-100
Drill and Ceremonies FM 3-21.5
Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad FM 7-8
Physical Fitness Training FM 21-20
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (864)-597-4338.