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Benedict College ROTC

Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program​

The mission of the program is to provide basic military education and in conjunction with other college disciplines, develop individual character and attributes essential to a military officer. Benedict College offers Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program to all qualified students on a voluntary basis through partnership agreement with the University of South Carolina classroom instruction for military science courses on the University of South Carolina campus.  All students, after completing their third year of RORC are required to attend a six-week summer leadership camp

General Information:

Two and three-year scholarships are available to outstanding, qualified students who are interested in   careers in the Army.

  • Advanced Camp:  A 6 week competitive leadership camp at Fort Knox KY.  This camp is for ROTC cadets who’ve met the requirements to be contracted in the advanced ROTC program and who’ve completed the 3rd of ROTC.
  • Contracting Cadets:  Cadets who are contracted have signed and agreed to serve as commissioned officers as in the army as active duty, or reserve officers.  This is when they begin to receive the tax free monthly stipend of $420.00.
  • Basic Camp: A 4 week camp also held at FT Knox KY.  This Camp is for students who were not in the ROTC as freshmen or sophomores and it’s used to provide training that’ll prepare them for the advanced ROTC program.  Students are paid a stipend while attending basic camp.
  • The Green to Gold Program:  This Program is for active duty soldiers who have the desire to serve army officers.  They must have completed an associate degree or have college credit equivalent to an associate degree.  Green to Gold students remain on active duty however their duty is to be full time students and complete their bachelor’s degree in 2 years.  Upon graduating they’re required to be commissioned as active duty officers.
  • ROTC students upon graduating are assigned to either active duty or reserve units as Army 2nd Lieutenants.  Active duty slots are competitive and are based on how cadets perform while in the program.  Cadets who do not get selected for active duty or do not choose to serve on active duty can receive a reserve commission and serve in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
  • The ROTC Classes are held on the campus of USC and the address is: 513 Pickens Street Columbia SC 29208

Military Science Courses

MS 121 – Fundamentals of Military Science credit 2 hrs.

An introduction to the mission, organization and history of ROTC: Military and civilian obligation in relation to National Security; Individual Arms and Marksmanship Techniques, Emergency Medical Treatment. The students will receive information that will help them understand and prepare military correspondence (the Army Writing Style). Leadership Laboratory training to include thorough indoctrination in military courtesy and customs of the service, drill experience, development of initiative and self-confidence.

MS 122 – Introduction to the Army credit 2 hrs.

A discussion of the mission and responsibilities of the United States Military Forces in support of National Security with emphasis on the role of the individual, participating citizen. Students will be introduced to Map Reading Techniques. Leadership Laboratory is a continuation of MS 101 Laboratory.

MS 231 – Fundamentals of Military Leadership credit 3 hrs.

A detailed study of the applicability of leadership principles, traits, and techniques in all job areas. Additionally, an appreciation is developed for leadership counseling techniques. The organization of the Army culminates this course.

MS 232 – Fundamentals of Military Decision Making credit 3 hrs.

A detailed study of orienteering to include basic fundamentals of map reading, grid systems, scale and distance, elevation and relief, military symbols, direction and location, and utilization of the declination diagram. Additionally, students will discuss the code of conduct, the principles of war and reinforce preparation of military correspondence. Leadership Laboratory is a continuation of M.S. 201 Laboratory.

MS 121L/122L/231L/232L – Basic Leadership Laboratory credit 0 hrs.

Leadership Lab is in conjunction with ARMY 101, 102, 201, 202. It is a period which supplements and reinforces, through practical application, the fundamentals taught in each of the Military Science courses. Leadership Lab is a progressive learning experience designed to produce effective and efficient Second Lieutenants for the United States Army. CREDIT included with lecture

MS 341 – Advanced Military Decision Making credit 4 hrs.

How to prepare and conduct military training, to include presentation and communication techniques. Included in this phase of instruction is a 10-minute oral presentation, how to cope with basic problems, i.e., discipline and motivation, encountered in small units, leadership training designed to further develop planning and organizational skills, fundamentals of offensive and defensive tactics of war.

MS 342 – Applied Military Leadership credit 4 hrs.

A review of the principles and fundamentals of small unit tactics, and the application of the principles of offensive and defensive combat to units of the infantry battalion. Familiarization with characteristics, operation and employment of small unit weapons, communication systems and equipment, and continued development of selected Military Skills. Orientation relative to administrative procedures, required standards of performance, and general conduct of training at Warrior Forge, the Leadership Development and Assessment Course. Continuation of Leadership Laboratory Training conducted in M.S. 301.

MS 341L/342L/441L/442L – Advanced Leadership Laboratory credit 0 hrs.

Leadership Lab is in conjunction with each of the aforementioned M.S. level courses in the advanced course. It is a period which supplements and reinforces, through practical application, the fundamentals taught in each of the Military Science courses. Leadership Lab is a progressive learning experience designed to produce effective and efficient Second Lieutenants for the United States Army. CREDIT included with lecture

MS 441 – Leadership and Management Seminar I credit 4 hrs

Leadership management and professional development, a study of the U.S. Army Personnel Management System, methods of conducting Command and Staff and Unit meetings, how to prepare military correspondence, ethics and professionalism, military justice.

MS 442 – Leadership and Management Seminar II credit 4 hrs.

Management simulation exercise and Active Duty orientation, small unit effectiveness and Army Training Management, the U.S. Army Logistics system, interpersonal skills, counseling techniques, and personnel evaluation, the Law and Principles of War, Code of Conduct and Geneva Convention, customs and courtesies of an Army officer.

Clubs, Organizations and Special Programs in the Military Science Department

Each year, over 800 special training opportunities are extended to cadets through the Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT) program. The CPDT program supplements campus training with practical leader development experiences and some additional skill identifier awarding courses. Cadets train in Army schools and with Active and Reserve units. CPDT consists of two subprograms, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) and Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT).

Location: Fort Knox, Kentucky. LTC is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, KY. This course is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training Cadets Receive in the Basic Course. By transforming yourself through rigorous training, you will qualify for enrollment in Advanced Army ROTC on campus – provided you have two years of college remaining (undergrad or graduate).

The benefits of this leadership training will extend well beyond your college years into any career field you choose. You may even qualify for a two-year scholarship that may take care of your college tuition and many other expenses. For more information go to the LTC Website: https://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html

Location: Fort Benning, GA. The Basic Airborne Course is a three-week training program conducted by the Airborne Department, USAIC, Fort Benning, GA that trains students the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment. Successful completion qualifies cadets to wear the Parachutist Badge. Students begin their first week on the ground, learning the basics of parachute landings, and start a vigorous training program. During the second week, called tower week, proper exiting of the plane will be mastered. As a cadet, you will be then given the opportunity to parachute From a 250 foot high tower. The third and final week is the jump week. Cadets make five jumps from either a C-130 or C-141, including one night jump and two combat jumps with full combat gear.

Location: Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The AAS is a 10-day course of instruction that trains cadets on Combat Assault Operations involving associated equipment and U.S. Army rotary-wing aircraft. Successful completion qualifies cadets to wear the Air Assault Badge.This course is available at a number of installations, but the largest is located at the air assault home of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. This eleven-day course is very demanding both physically and mentally, involving obstacle courses and several long ruck marches. You will learn the basics of aircraft familiarization and Recognition, sling load operations, and rappelling.

Primarily following their sophomore year, CULP enables Cadets to spend one month in support of Army Security Cooperation programs for U.S Embassies worldwide, including military exercises, humanitarian aid missions, and military to military contacts English language training teams. During the summer of 2014 Gamecock supported Thailand, Ukraine, Africa and Kosovo. All participants are required to complete a short research paper and presentation on a topic related to their country of study, in addition to their practical field work.

CTLT provides select advanced camp graduates the opportunity to increase their leadership experience through assignments to platoon leadership positions with active duty Army units for 3 or 4 weeks. This challenge is a definite learning experience, allowing you to gain a perspective on what you will be facing as a future officer. Generally, you are placed in a platoon leader position, leading 30+ soldiers and responsible for millions of dollars of equipment! While there, the cadet will enhance leadership skills and learn tasks associated with being an officer in the Army. If a cadet is assigned to a unit on jump status, and the cadet is already Airborne qualified, the cadet may participate in unit jumps on a permissive basis with approval by the CG and Cadet Command. The cadet receives an OER upon completion.

This training is only available to nurse cadets and provides opportunities to develop and practice a clinical phase of instruction at Army Medical Command Treatment Facilities worldwide. The cadets receive an OER upon completion.

AFROTC is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies). College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as “cadets”) who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force.

The AFROTC program is currently offered at the University of South Carolina, but they have a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants. For more information on AFROTC course descriptions, please review http://bulletin.sc.edu/content.php?catoid=37&navoid=798 and search classes with “AERO” as the prefix. For more information on the AFROTC program, please review http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/aero/


Benedict College Army ROTC
2330 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29204


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