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The Army ROTC is a great way to start the transition from civilian/enlisted soldier to Army officer. The learning community is designed to immerse students into an environment that promotes team building and a sense of belonging within the AROTC program. MS1, freshmen will take a two credit hour class with a lab and also participate in Physical Readiness Training (PES 114) which meets three days a week at 6 AM. Having a roommate who also attends this early class is a great advantage of the learning community. No worries about waking your roommate or them keeping you up late because they will be on the same class schedule. Along with the standard classes, students are offered access to clubs such as Tactics Club (Army maneuver tactic), Color Guard, Rifle/Pistol Club, and Pathfinders Club (Cross Fit). Student will also have opportunities to earn foreign military badges such as the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge and Norwegian Foot March badge which are authorized by the department of the Army for wear on the Army Service Uniform. 


  • First-time beginning students admitted to any college/school/major
  • U.S. Citizen or pursuing U.S. Citizenship status
  • First-year Army ROTC Students (scholarship or non-scholarship)

Residential Component

Incoming 4-year National Scholarship and 3-year AD scholarship winners: 

  • Must reside in Owen Hall
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community

Other incoming cadets:

  • Optional within Owen Hall
  • You will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or living off-campus, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Full Academic Year

Associated Classes


  • MSL 10100 - Foundations of Officership
  • PES 11400 - Army ROTC Conditioning


  • MSL 10200 - Basic Leadership
  • PES 11400 - Army ROTC Conditioning

Events and Activities Included:

  • Welcome BBQ
  • Tryouts for Iron Platoon (participates in Ranger Challenge events)
  • Field exercises (one fall and one spring semesters)
  • Color Guard/Drill Team service projects
  • Tactics Club with a survival learning weekend and paintballing)
  • Pathfinders Club (Cross fit workouts with other cadets supervised by Level 1 instructor)
  • Rifle and Pistol Club (marksmanship classes)
  • Intramurals
  • Foreign Army badge earning opportunities
  • Summer internships with government agencies
  • Summer training at Fort Knox for Basic and Advanced Camps
  • Army School possibilities (Airborne and Air Assault)

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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