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The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AROTC) at Purdue University is established for the purpose of training young men and women for service as officers in the United States Army. Those who successfully complete degree and program requirements are commissioned as second lieutenants in either the reserve or active forces in one of more than 17 professional career fields. Students enrolled in any curriculum offered by the University that leads to a baccalaureate degree are eligible to participate in the Army ROTC program.

The Army ROTC program is divided into a basic course for freshmen and sophomores and an advanced course for juniors and seniors. Many students enroll in the basic course to determine their interest in a military career. Students do not incur any military service obligation by enrolling in any of the basic course classes. Those who complete the basic course may enter the advanced course with consent of the department head. Students accepted into the advanced course incur an eight-year military service obligation after they are commissioned as second lieutenants. This service obligation can be active, reserve or a combination of both.

Basic Course

Students in the freshman-level courses receive two credits per semester and attend one hour of class and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. Classes are designed to explain the lifestyle and duties of a professional Army officer; to present career opportunities in the military; and to provide students with a background in communications, leadership and military skills that will benefit the individual, regardless of the ultimate career choice. Laboratory periods are designed to teach leadership-related skills and to develop self-confidence and teamwork. Students receive professional development classes in the laboratory that include developing leadership skills, basic rifle marksmanship and weapons familiarization, water survival, drill and ceremony, individual and squad movement techniques and basic rappelling.

Students in the sophomore-level classes receive three credits a semester and attend two hours of class and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. Development of fundamental leadership and managerial skills is stressed in both the classroom and the leadership laboratory. The focus of classroom training shifts to the development of more advanced military skills such as land navigation, small unit tactics, performance-oriented training and individual instruction and a survey of the Army's branches and functions.

Two-Year Program

This program is available to students who missed the opportunity to take the basic courses. It is also open to graduate students and others with at least four semesters remaining toward completion of degree requirements. Students entering the two-year program must attend the four-week Leadership Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox, Ky., in lieu of the basic course. Successful completion of LTC will result in being eligible for a two-year scholarship.


Qualified veterans and members of the Indiana National Guard may participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) and enroll directly in the advanced course and receive constructive academic credit for the basic course.

Advanced Course

During the junior and senior years, additional emphasis is devoted to developing leadership and managerial skills. The subject matter includes an analysis of behavioral concepts as related to leadership, management of resources and analysis of management operations using military units as a model. Advanced-course students receive four credits per semester and attend four hours of class and two hours of leadership laboratory training each week. They receive an allowance of $450 to $500 a month during each month school is in session.

Advanced-course students attend 28 days of training at Fort Lewis, Washington, in the summer between the junior and senior years. This Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge of skills acquired in the classroom and to gain practical leadership experience. It also validates their qualifications to become second lieutenants in the United States Army.

Advanced-course students and "contracted" students are required to enroll in the section of PES 11400 titled Army ROTC Physical Conditioning. The course is worth one semester credit hour and meets for one hour, three times a week. The physical training program is designed to improve students' muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition. This course prepares students to excel during the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) conducted during the school year, at LDAC, and upon commissioning. It also provides them with a better understanding of the Army fitness program, how to conduct and lead a physical training session and the key elements to better physical fitness.

Army Scholarship Program

Students enrolled in Army ROTC may compete for and receive four-year, three-year and two-year Army ROTC scholarships that pay full tuition and fees, $1,200 per year for textbooks and $300 to $500 a month subsistence allowance.

Interested candidates may find information about the Department of Military Science at www.purdue.edu/armyrotc, by calling 765-494-2099, or by writing to the Department of Military Science; Purdue University Army ROTC; 812 Third St.; West Lafayette, IN 47907-1512.

Military Science

LTC Jerry D. Hubbard, Head of the Department
Professor: LTC J.D. Hubbard, M.S.
Associate Professor: MAJ P.E. Heslin, M.S.
Assistant Professors: MAJ B. Connell, M.A.; CAPT A.R. Blackburn, B.A.; E.J. Anderson, A.A.; Master Sgt. K.W. Cook; Sgt. 1st Class V. Foster; Staff Sgt. K.L. Connolly, B.A.