ROTC at USD

Physical Training

  • Open to entire student population.
  • Required for Contracted and Scholarship Cadets.
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6 – 7 a.m.

Classroom Instruction

  • MSL101/102: 1 credit, one hour once a week (open to entire student population, no commitment).
  • MSL 201/202: 2 credits, two hours once a week (open to entire student population, no commitment)
  • MSL 301/302: 3 credits, three hours once a week (contracted cadets only).
  • MSL 401/402: 3 credits, three hours once a week (contracted cadets only).

Labs

  • Labs are every other Thursday from 3 - 5 p.m. Cadets conduct hands-on training of what they learned in classroom instruction.
  • Open to the entire student population, required for contracted and scholarship cadets.

Other Training, Opportunities, Activities

  • Fall and Spring Field Training Exercises. Each semester Cadets travel to a training area for 2-3 days (over a weekend) to train on land navigation, confidence courses, rappelling, marksmanship, and other activities.
  • Color Guard. Cadets conduct Color Guards for various events and ceremonies in and around Vermillion. Cadets earn participation points for being on the Color Guard team which can make them competitive to attend other training events. (i.e.: airborne school, air assault school, etc.)
  • Ranger Challenge is a fall event, of teams of 9 and 5 Cadets, where they compete against other ROTC programs on land navigation, a 12 mile ruck march, building a one rope bridge, confidence courses, and other events.
  • Ranger Buddy is a spring event comprised of 2 cadet teams. Cadets compete against other ROTC programs in similar events as Ranger Challenge.
  • Mountain Warfare Challenge is a winter event where Cadets compete against other ROTC programs on winter survival skills. 

Summer Training

  • Basic Camp is a 31-day training event designed to introduce Cadets to the Army. The objective is to develop Cadet leadership skills and train them on individual and junior leader tasks to develop and reinforce Warrior Ethos and our Army Values. Basic Camp provides the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in ROTC, and, ultimately, the Army. Basic Camp Cadets graduate the course prepared to lead at the team (3-4 Cadets) and squad (9-13 Cadets) level. http://www.cadetcommand.army.mil/basic.aspx
  • Advanced Camp is a 31-day training event that is designed to assess a Cadet’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in basic officer leadership tasks. Cadets are evaluated on their ability to lead at the Squad and Platoon levels, both in garrison and tactical environments. Cadets are mentally and physically tested during a 12-day consequence driven field training exercise that replicates a combat training center rotation. Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is a prerequisite for commissioning. http://www.cadetcommand.army.mil/advanced.aspx
  • The Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets before and after completion of Advanced Camp.
  • Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program (CULP): Cadets now have the opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 20 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century. Learn More