The four components of the ROTC Program are: classroom instruction, leadership labs, field training exercises, and physical fitness training.
Classes introduce cadets to military customs, courtesies, and traditions plus military history and Army organization. Classes are held one, two or three times a week based on academic class.
Leadership labs provide a performance oriented learning environment in which cadets receive practical hands on training opportunities to apply subjects from the classroom to the field. Labs are designed and supervised by ROTC instructors and administered by senior Army ROTC cadets. Leadership labs are held once a week for a duration of 2 hours.
Field Training Exercises
Field Training Exercises build on classroom and lab experience by offering cadets the opportunity to refine their leadership skills while leading small groups in a variety of situations and exercises. Cadets participate in one weekend field training exercise each semester. The activities vary each semester and are held at several locations throughout PA.. Field Training Exercises provide cadets with opportunities to train in teams, build their confidence, and test their skills in activities such as rappelling, land navigation, Situational Training Exercises, and on the Field Leadership Reaction Course. Contracted cadets are required to attend field-training exercises and non-contracted cadets are encouraged to attend. Most cadets look forward to participating in these events.
Physical Fitness Training
Physical training and health is an integral component of cadet development. It provides juniors and seniors with an opportunity to further develop their leadership and organizational skills by planning and administering a cadet fitness program that contributes to the overall wellbeing of each cadet. Physical conditioning is assessed with a diagnostic physical fitness test. As an individual responsibility, cadets are expected to exercise at times convenient to their individual schedules.