CLASSES: Army ROTC at Virginia Tech


The Department of Military Science provides a program of leadership development which prepares college men and women for service as officers in the United States Army. After graduation, they serve as commissioned officers on active duty, or as an officer in an Army Reserve unit. To accomplish this, the department does the following:

  •  Prepares cadets to be commissioned as Second Lieutenants through a curriculum which develops leadership and management skills, and provides opportunities to utilize these skills in a variety of practical applications.
  •  Provides an understanding of how to lead and influence small organizations, with a strong emphasis on personal integrity, ethical decision making, goal setting, and mission accomplishment.
  •  Offers adventure training, such as rappelling, land-navigation, marksmanship, and, for selected students, airborne and air assault training and the opportunity to serve with active army units, worldwide, during the summer.
  • In conjunction with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, provides programs and experiences which increase self-confidence, self-discipline, physical stamina, poise, and other attributes essential to the development of a leader of character--one who is prepared to serve the nation or the commonwealth both in or out of uniform.

The curriculum and leader development programs of the Department of Military Science are mentally and physically challenging. Cadets learn individual soldier skills and undergo physical conditioning, beginning in the freshman year. On-campus instruction is done both in the classroom and in the field environment. Field trips expand the general knowledge of cadets and provide opportunities for practical leadership experience. Summer leadership evaluations occur between the junior and senior years at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Army ROTC offers the conventional four-year program where a student enters as a freshman. A three-year program for sophomores is also available. Additionally, a two-year program is offered for students who have been unable to participate as freshmen and sophomores. Placement credit may be requested by students with ROTC or JROTC experience, students currently serving in the Army Reserve or National Guard, or those who have had active military service.

For more information about the different levels of Military Science classes, MS I, MS II, MS III, and MS IV years click on the respective links to the right.

Membership in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is a prerequisite for all ROTC classes. The cost of cadet uniforms is paid by a special Army uniform allowance provided to each enrolled cadet.


Minor in Leadership


     Satisfactory completion of the 18 credit military science curriculum earns each cadet a minor (concentration) in leadership. Virginia Tech is the first land-grant university in the nation to recognize the military science curricula with the award of a leadership concentration.

Military Science I

Freshman Year

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MS1005: Introduction to ROTC. Roles and mission of the Army, including the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Army customs and traditions. Introduction to drill, first aid, physical training, and land navigation.

MS1006: Continuation of basic skills training. Introduction to marksmanship, small unit tactics, and leadership. Adventure training available on a voluntary basis.

Military Science II

Sophomore Year

MS2005: Examines leadership fundamentals and the application of leadership principles in both theory and practice. Historical examples of military leadership are used as case studies. Emphasis on formulation of military values, principles, and leadership styles. Introduction to the branches (specialties) of the Army.

MS2006: Continue discussion of branches of the Army. Continue map reading and land navigation. Improvement of oral and written skills. Adventure training available on a voluntary basis.

Military Science III

Junior Year


MS3005/MS3006: A three-credit course that meets in the classroom three times a week. Classroom discussion will focus on land navigation, military orders, troop leading procedures, and advanced small unit tactics. Class room discussion is than applied during military leadership laboratories for two hours on Tuesday afternoons. Cadets will have their leadership potential assessed while they rotate through platoon leadership positions.

Military Science IV

Senior Year

MS4005/4006: Emphasizes the role of the military profession in today's society as well as ethical dimensions of military decision-making. Methods of instruction, conduct of briefings, how to structure and conduct meetings, performance and disciplinary counseling are taught. The spring semester focuses on logistics, personnel management, the Army finance and accounting system, the role of the lieutenant in unit administration and military justice, and current events as they relate to the military profession.

MSIV cadets aid the cadre in training the MS I - III cadets throughout the year. MSIII cadets have an MSIV monitor for each leadership evaluation and MSIV's lead the PT sessions.