The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program provides leadership training for students at SIU and helps train officers for the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and U.S. Army National Guard. Army ROTC enhances a Student’s education and provides unique educational opportunities by combining leadership and management theory with actual hands-on experience. Army ROTC helps the student to develop self-discipline, physical stamina, and poise-the qualities basic to success in any career.
Army ROTC is an elective course, which can lead to a commission in the United States Army. Army ROTC is a program that can enhance education by providing unique leadership training, skills, and management experience. It helps develop the qualities necessary for success in either a military or civilian career. Students can earn a college degree and an Army Officer’s commission at the same time.
The Basic Course consists of a series of four 2-hour courses (one taken per semester) open to all students that may be counted as electives. Enrollment in Basic Course classes does not obligate a student to Military Science. Freshman will normally enroll in AMS 101 and 102 and sophomores will normally enroll in AMS 201 and 202.
AMS 101. Introduction to Military Science I.
I. basic drill and ceremony, physical fitness, rappelling, first aid, military presentations and Basic marksmanship. One classroom hour, a required leadership lab, participation in three one hour sessions for physical fitness.
AMS 102. Introduction to Military Science II.
II. Principles of effective leading. Communication skills to improve individual performance and group interaction. Relation of military organizational ethical values to the effectiveness of a leader. One classroom hour, a required leadership lab, participation in three one hour sessions for physical fitness.
AMS 201. Basic Leadership Skills.
I. Ethics-based military leadership skills that develop individual abilities and contribute to building effective teams. Oral presentations, advanced first aid, land navigation and basic military tactics. Two classroom hours, a required leadership lab, participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions.
AMS 202. Leadership Studies & Teamwork.
II. Introduction to individual and team aspects of military tactics in small unit operations. Radio communications, safety assessments, and movement techniques. Two classroom hours, a required leadership lab, participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions.
The U.S. Army ROTC Advanced Course is structured to develop the leadership potential of students choosing to pursue an officer commission. Prerequisites for the Advanced Course may be satisfied in a number of ways; specific questions on individual eligibility should be addressed to the department staff. Students accepted into the Advanced Course agree to complete the curriculum and to accept an Active U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or U.S. Army National Guard commission, if offered.
Each Advanced Course cadet receives a $450 per school month allowance during the school year in return for this agreement. Airborne, Air Assault, and the Northern Warfare training courses are U.S. Army schools available to qualified volunteers in addition to other training opportunities.
AMS 301. Organizational Leadership.
I. Series of practical opportunities to lead small groups in situations of increasing complexity. Uses small unit defensive tactics and opportunities to plan and conduct training. Three classroom hours, a leadership lab, participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions. Participation in one weekend exercise is required, and one or two additional weekend exercises are offered for optional participation. Prerequisite: Completion of the basic course. Instructor permission required for enrollment.
AMS 302. Small Unit Tactics.
II. Continues methodology of AMS 301. Military missions and task analysis. Ethical decision making and lessons from leadership case studies. Three classroom hours, a leadership lab, participation in three one hour physical fitness sessions. Participation in one weekend exercise is required; two other weekend exercises optional. Prerequisite: Completion of AMS 301. Instructor permission.
AMS 401. Leadership & Management.
I. Plan, conduct and evaluate activities of the ROTC cadet organization. Articulate goals; put plans into action to attain them. Assess organizational cohesion and develop strategies to improve it. Develop confidence in skills to lead people and manage resources. Learn and apply various Army policies and programs. Three classroom hours, a two-hour leadership laboratory, and weekly physical fitness activities. Cadets will also participate in a weekend field training exercise (FTX) and a dining-in. Prerequisite: AMS 301 and 302 or department head permission.
AMS 402. Officership.
II. Continues the methodology from AMS 401. Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas. Refine counseling and motivating techniques. Examine aspects of tradition and law as relate to leading as an officer in the U.S. Army. Prepare for a future as a successful U.S. Army lieutenant. Three classroom hours, a two-hour leadership laboratory, and weekly physical fitness activities. Cadets will also participate in a weekend field training exercise (FTX) and a dining out or military ball.
AMS 403. Indpendent Study
I. Independent research, analysis and monthly discussion on related military topics. Personal, academic, and professional goals and objectives, development and maintenance of an officer evaluation report support form. Pr.: AMS 401 and 402 or department head permission.
AMS 203 LTC – Leader’s Training Course
A 28 day ROTC summer training camp, with pay, enables ROTC participation by students who have not taken Basic Course classes. Application should be made to the Department of Military Science early in the spring semester. Students will attend ROTC Basic Camp during the summer. Satisfactory completion of ROTC Basic Camp earns 6 hours academic credit and satisfies all prerequisites for entry into the Advanced Course. Attendance at ROTC Basic Camp does not incur any military obligation. Attendees are eligible to compete for 2 year scholarships upon completion.
AMS 358 LDAC – Leadership Development Advance Camp
A five-week advanced summer camp, with pay is an integral part of the Advanced Course and normally is completed between the junior and senior years. Students will attend ROTC Advanced Camp during the summer. Satisfactory completion of ROTC Advanced Camp earns 6 hours of academic credit. Highly structured, demanding, and stressing leadership at small unit levels under varying, and challenging conditions.