Prospective Cadets - NIU - Department of Military Science

Department of Military Science

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Department of Military Science
Chick Evans Field House, Room 110 
1050 Lucinda Ave. 
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 752-ROTC (7682)
    Alt: (815) 753-6237
E-mail: niu_rotc@niu.edu

Interested in ROTC? Here are the basics:

Army ROTC is a leadership program designed to develop qualified college students in preparation for future service as an Army officer in either the active force, Army Reserves or National Guard.  It is one part of the overall college experience and is designed to augment the university's education program. 

ROTC Basic Course

The Basic Course consists of the first two year of ROTC.  In general, any student on campus can take the first two years of ROTC without any obligation to the Army.  It is an opportunity to investigate what ROTC is about and gauge your interest.  Likewise it is an opportunity for the instructors to evaluate a student's potential to one day become an Army officer.  The Basic Course consists of MILS101, MILS102 (Freshman level, fall and spring semester respectively), MILS201 and MILS202 (sophomore level, fall and spring semesters respectively).  In addition to classroom instruction, all MILS courses involve a Leadership Lab which meets on Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 4:45 pm.

Physical Readiness Training occurs on M,W,F from 6:30 am to 7:30 am.  It is optional for non-scholarship basic course students.  The battalion also has a Field Training Exercise each semester - also voluntary for basic course, non-scholarship students.

ROTC Advanced Course

The Advanced Course consists of the final two years of the program.  To proceed from the Basic Course to the Advanced Course, a student must sign a contract with the US Army, making a commitment to completing the program and accepting a commission in the Army, Army Reserves or National Guard upon graduation.  In addition to the classroom work (MILS301, 302, 401 and 402), all contracted cadets must attend Physical Readiness Training and the battalion FTX.  Once contracted, cadets will receive a monthly stipend.  Juniors receive $450 and seniors receive $500.

During the summer between the junior and senior year, all cadets must attend the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, KY for 30 days.  Other summer training opportunities exist - check the links to the left for more information.