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ROTC Contact

Department Chair:

LTC Kenneth Hutchison

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Contact Person:
MAJ Eric Hollingsworth

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Phone: (620) 235-4859
Fax: (620) 235-4862

Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762
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        Training & Curriculum 

 Bottom Line Up Front: To be a leader in the U.S Army isn't for the faint of heart. To earn the title of a Second Lieutenant, requires a unique individual that is disciplined, physically and mentally tough, and willing to sacrifice his or her time and effort for the success and well being of a team. As an Army ROTC cadet you will constantly be put to the challenge to lead your peers, make difficult and critical decisions under pressure, and lead by example. The opportunities within the Gorilla Battalion are limitless and can open the doors to adventure and personal discovery. 

Army ROTC is like any other organization on campus. Training takes place both in the classroom environment and in the field, plus you will have a normal daily schedule like all college students. The Army ROTC curriculum is comprised of two phases: Basic Course and Advance Course. In order to commission as an Officer in the U.S. Army each phase must be completed.

Army ROTC Basic Course

The Basic Course normally takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It involves taking one elective class or participating in lab each semester. Each day in Army ROTC is a learning experience and opportunity. Throughout the semester you will learn basic military skills, customs and courtesies, and the fundamentals of leadership, all key training areas that will lay the groundwork toward becoming an Army Officer. If you are unsure of joining the military, the Army ROTC Basic Course can be taken as an introductory course with no military commitment.

Freshman Year (MS1): The Role Of The Army

Army History and Introductions.

Army Customs and Courtesies. 

Branch Orientation and Functions of the Army.

Military Operations and Tactics.



Sophomore Year (MS2) : The Role Of An Officer and Platoon Leadership

Roles and Duty Descriptions of Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs).

 Communications and Land Navigation.

 Military Code of Conduct.

 First Aid Training.

 Principles of War and Rules of Engagement (ROE).

 Military Operations and Tactics.

Lateral Entry (Those wanting to start ROTC in their Junior year.)

Cadets take part in Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) when they enter Army ROTC going into their junior year. This course—made up of four phases—allows Cadets to "catch up" to those who joined in their freshman or sophomore years. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and leadership training exercises. Students who are selected to attend CIET will travel and spend between 21-28 days at Fort Knox, Kentucky. If you are a Sophomore at PSU and interested in this outstanding opportunity to develop and challenge yourself, please contact the ROTC department on campus to see if you are qualified.

Advanced Course (Junior and Senior years) and Cadet Leaders Course (CLC)

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses, however in order to enroll in these elective courses you must commit to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army. This step requires a cadet to sign contracting paperwork in order to continue with the program and by other means necessary. After completion of your junior year and the advance course, you will attend Cadet Leaders Course training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky . CLC is a 5 week training event where you will learn patrolling , platoon base operations, writing and receiving operations orders (OPORDS), and apply the knowledge you learned from your previous training in order to shape you into a well-rounded leader. Most of all, you will gain valuable experience in team organization, critical thinking, and decision-making.

Junior Year (MS3) : Small Unit Training

Command and Staff Functions.

Law of War.

Weapons Professional Marksmanship Instruction (PMI).

Human Behavior.

Math Reasoning and Critical Thinking. 

Cadet Leaders Course Preparation.

Military Operations and Tactics.

Senior Year (MS4): Transition To Becoming An Officer

Uniform Code of Military Justice (UMCJ).

Mission Analysis. 

Army Logistics.

Post and Installation Support.

Military Operations and Tactics.

Army Writing Style.