How to Join ROTC

High School: if you are in high school, you can apply for a four year scholarship. Visit our webpage under the Scholarship tab in the top menu for more details and information on what this scholarship provides and how to apply.  If you are interested in joining the Indiana National Guard and serving as an officer in the National Guard after graduating you could enlist while in high school and then be eligible for benefits that will help you pay for college.

Freshmen in College: All you have to do is sign up for MSL 101 (Fall Semester) or MSL 102 (Spring Semester). Descriptions of these classes are listed below. If you enroll in these classes and you decided that 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 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:

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) - Introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time management, goal setting, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, and the Army profession.
  • MSL 102 - Basic Leadership (2 credits; a one-hour class and a two-hour lab) - Introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for adaptive leadership. Cadets learn the basics of the communications process and the importance for leader’s to develop the essential skills to effectively communicate in the Army. Students will examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the U.S. Army.
  • MSL 201 - Individual Leadership Studies (3 credits, 2 one-hour classes and the two-hour lab) - Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practiced planning, executing and assessing team exercises.
  • MSL 202 - Leadership And Teamwork (3 credits, 2 one-hour classes and the two-hour lab) - Examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills.
  • MSL 301 - Leadership And Problem Solving (4 credits; 3 one-hour classes and the two-hour lab) - Cadets will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level.  At the conclusion of this course, Cadets will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Leader Training Exercise (LTX).  

    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) - This is an advanced course that places primary emphasis on Officership with our MS IV cadets who are our educational main effort; MS 401 and 402 together refine and ultimately completes the Cadet-to-commissioned officer transition. In MS 401 Mission Command and ethics is stressed along to assist the Cadet in further embracing their future role as an Army officer.
  • MSL 402 - Officership (4 credits; 2 90-minute classes and the two-hour lab) - This is the culmination of a four-year sequential, progressive, challenging developmental leadership experience. It is during this final semester that the Cadet is undergoing final preparation for the duties and responsibilities of a commissioned officer along with their integration into the Army. The emphasis is placed on critical knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies skills newly commissioned officers will need to succeed in their first unit of assignment, and the modern operating environment where they will be expected to plan, prepare, execute, and assess platoon-level training strategies and more to enable mission accomplishment.


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

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Advanced Course which is a four-week summer course designed to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets in preparation for becoming and officer. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.