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Purdue University Army ROTC

A Department within the Division of Student Affairs


How to Join ROTC

High School: if you are in high school, you can apply for a four year scholarship. Visit our website here. If you are an Indiana resident, you should strongly consider enrolling in the Indiana National Guard while in high school. We can talk to you more about this, but the benefits are incredible.

Freshmen in College: All you have to do is sign up for MSL 101 (Fall Semester) or MSL 102 (Spring Semester). These classes are listed below. If you enroll in these classes and you decided you like ROTC, you may be eligible to compete for a 2- or 3-year scholarship.

Sophomore in College: Because there are so many variations to each students' situation, please contact Mr. Paul Heslin at pheslin@purdue.edu to determine what path is most appropriate for you. If you have six semesters left in college, you would sign up for MSL 201 (Fall semester) or MSL 202 (Spring Semester). If you only have 4 or 5 semesters, we would need to send you to a 4-week summer training camp that "counts" as ROTC credit. After this, you would return to campus and enroll as a junior in ROTC and complete the remaining 4 semesters of ROTC. During this course, you will also compete for a 2-year scholarship.

Green To Gold: There are many opportunities for enlisted Army Soldiers to participate in the Green to Gold program. This programs allows current Soldiers to leave their units, return to college, and enroll in ROTC to become an officer. You can learn more about the process here: Green-To-Gold PowerPoint.

Classes and Curriculum

Army ROTC students take classes like any other college student. You also attend your weekly MSL (Military Science and Leadership) classes from once to three times a week (depending on what grade you are in) and weekly leadership lab. The weekly leadership labs are where you put to practice the knowledge that you have gained from your MSL class as well as learn Common Tasks that all soldiers need to know.

MSL classes are taught for each grade level. There is a classroom course and also a Leadership Lab on Thursdays.

  • MSL 101 - Foundations of Officership (2 credits; a one-hour class and a two-hour lab)
  • MSL 102 - Basic Leadership (2 credits; a one-hour class and a two-hour lab)
  • MSL 201 - Individual Leadership Studies (3 credits, 2 one-hour classes and the two-hour lab)
  • MSL 202 - Leadership And Teamwork (3 credits, 2 one-hour classes and the two-hour lab)
  • MSL 301 - Leadership And Problem Solving (4 credits; 3 one-hour classes and the two-hour lab)
  • MSL 302 - Leadership And Ethics (4 credits; 3 one-hour classes and the two-hour lab)
  • MSL 401 - Leadership And Management (4 credits; 2 90-minute classes and the two-hour lab)
  • MSL 402 - Officership (4 credits; 2 90-minute classes and the two-hour lab)

Each semester, there is a weekend field training exercise (FTX) as well. The Fall FTX occurs in late September, and runs from Friday afternoon through Sunday early afternoon. The Spring FTX occurs in late March, and runs from Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Both FTXs occur at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and provide the student with a weekend of excellent Army tactical and field training.

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). It’s a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.