College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

ROTC cadet
ROTC cadets at sunset
ROTC cadets in purple smoke
ROTC cadets with black hawk helicopter


What is it like to be a Cadet?

Cadets should expect to get to know each other very well during various training events as they work side by side to accomplish given objectives.  Training throughout a cadet's ROTC career will range from a beginner still learning, to intermediate cadets leading others, and expert cadets who are in charge of training the younger classmen.


What is PT like? And waking up early?

PT is fun, motivating and gives Cadets a chance to increase their physical fitness. We begin a regular PT session at 0615 and usually train until 0715. We encompass a variety of training including: Crossfit, distance runs, rope climbs, water workouts, wrestling, etc. Not only is PT a time to become more physically and mentally fit, but it also gives the MSIII Cadets a chance to use their leadership and planning skills, as they run most of the PT sessions we perform.

What are labs like?

Labs are the time that ROTC sets aside to teach Cadets hands-on practical exercises and skills that will make them successful at the Cadet Leader Course. The content of labs varies from: land navigation to drill and ceremony to Platoon operations. Labs are taught by the experienced instructors and MSIV Cadets.


What is it like to wear uniform(s) on campus?

Wearing the uniform on campus is a very rewarding experience. Not only do UNI ROTC students get to represent themselves and ROTC, but also the entire Army. UNI students are generally curious about why ROTC cadets wear the uniform and many times a Cadet may be asked what different patches mean, why a Patrol Cap must be worn, and several other questions.


What is it like to balance classes with ROTC stuff?

ROTC is a large time commitment and cadets must learn time management quickly if they want to succeed. In ROTC, grades are one of the most important parts of the program and Cadets are required to maintain a good GPA. Cadets may find that they are busier than the average college student, but with hard work it is possible to maintain good grades and do well in ROTC. The ROTC Cadre are always available and willing to meet with students one on one to ensure they are successful in meeting all requirements.


What are training weekends like?

Typically we will do a variety of activities over the weekends for training, including: land navigation, garrison leadership rotations, tactical Squad Training Exercises and Platoon Operations. Cadets usually spend Friday night and most of Saturday conducting training over training weekends to help them build and refine their skills.

Who is required to participate in labs and PT?

All contracted Cadets and all MS III and MS IV Cadets must participate in labs and PT. Those cadets who are not contracted and civilians who are interested in the program are encouraged to come and participate to learn more about the program.

What summer training is available?

Every contracted cadet will attend the Cadet Leader Course (CLC) at Fort Knox, KY after their junior year of the program.  At CLC, cadets will work alongside cadets from across the Nation to complete missions.  CLC is a 30-day course with 14 days spent in a field environment.  

Cadets that have not gone through Army basic training will attend Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) either after their freshman or sophomore year.  CIET is 28 days at Fort Knox and cadets get trained on a variety of skills such as weapons firing, land navigation, fitness, and leadership.  

ROTC has optional summer programs available for contracted cadets.  This includes the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program (CULP).  Cadets in CULP travel abroad with a small group of cadets and spend 3-4 weeks in a foreign country doing a variety of Mil-Mil partnerships, service projects, and training.  Some of the countries our cadets have visited through CULP include Peru, Sao Tome, Macedonia, Bosnia, and Tanzania.  This is all paid for by the Army.