Army ROTC with Purdue University

Since Fall 2020, Wabash College students are eligible to participate in the Army ROTC program at Purdue University. All ROTC courses and activities take place at the Purdue campus. Interested students are encouraged to contact:

Mr. Paul Heslin, Enrollment Officer
(765) 494-2106 (Work)
(765) 215-0044 (Cell)
pheslin@purdue.edu

Purdue Army ROTC Mission

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps mission is to train and commission lieutenants for the Army of tomorrow. Army ROTC is a challenging, and exciting program of instruction that focuses on leadership development not only in theory, but in practice. Our students earn practical leadership through actual experience and are campus and community leaders at many different levels. Army ROTC provides students the opportunity to learn about themselves and their potential, and challenges them to achieve ever greater heights of personal and professional leadership.

Courses

ROTC courses at Purdue do not receive credit at Wabash.

MSL-101: Introduction to the Army

MSL-101 focuses on introduction to the Army and critical thinking. It introduces Cadets to the Army and the Profession of Arms. Students will examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the U.S. Army. The overall focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of the Army Leadership Requirements Model while gaining a complete understanding of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. Cadets also learn how resiliency and fitness supports their development as an Army leader. Includes a weekly lab facilitated by MSL III Cadets and supervised by Cadre.

MSL-102: Foundations of Agile and Adaptive Leadership

MSL-102 introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time management, goal setting, and communication. Cadets learn the basics of the communications process and the importance for leaders to develop the essential skills to effectively communicate in the Army.  Cadets will begin learning the basics of squad level tactics that will be reinforced during a weekly lab facilitated by MSL III Cadets and supervised by Cadre.

MSL-201 Leadership and Decision Making

MSL-201 focuses on leadership and decision making. The outcomes are demonstrated through Critical and Creative Thinking and the ability to apply Troop Leading Procedures (TLP) Innovative Solutions to Problems. The Army Profession is also stressed through leadership forums and a leadership self-assessment. Students are then required to apply their knowledge outside the classroom in a hands-on performance-oriented environment during a weekly lab facilitated by MSL III Cadets and supervised by Cadre.

MSL-202 Army Doctrine and Team Development

MSL 202 focuses on Army doctrine and team development. The course begins the journey to understand and demonstrate competencies as they relate to Army doctrine. Army Values, Teamwork, and Warrior Ethos and their relationship to the Law of Land Warfare and philosophy of military service are also stressed.  The ability to lead and follow is also covered through Team Building exercises at squad level. Students are then required to apply their knowledge outside the classroom in a hands-on performance-oriented environment during a weekly lab facilitated by MS III Cadets and supervised by Cadre.

MSL-301: Training Management and the Warfighting Functions

MSL-301 focuses on training management and the warfighting functions. It is an academically challenging course where you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Training Management and how the Army operates through the Warfighting functions. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, preparing, and executing training for a squad conducting small unit tactics. Includes a lab per week using peer facilitation overseen by MSL IVs, supervised by ROTC Cadre.

MSL-302: Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations

MSL-302 focuses on applied leadership in small unit operations. It is an academically challenging course where you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of direct level leadership and small unit tactics at the platoon level.  At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a platoon in the execution of a mission. Includes a lab per week using peer facilitation overseen by MSL IVs, supervised by ROTC Cadre. Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for the Cadet Summer Training Advance Camp, which you will attend in the summer at Fort Knox, KY.

MSL-401: The Army Officer

MSL 401 Focuses on development of the Army Officer. It is an academically challenging course where you will develop knowledge, skills, and abilities to plan, resource, and assess training at the small unit level. You will also learn about Army programs that support counseling subordinates and evaluating course, you will be familiar with how to plan, prepare, execute, and continuously assess the conduct of training at the company or field grade officer level. Includes a lab per week overseeing MSL III lesson facilitation and supervised by ROTC Cadre.

MSL-402: Company Grade Leadership

MSL 402 is an academically challenging course where you will develop knowledge, skills, and abilities required of junior officers pertaining to the Army in Unified Land Operations and Company Grade Officer roles and responsibilities. This course includes reading assignments, homework assignments, small group assignments, briefings, case studies, practical exercises, a mid-term exam, and an Oral Practicum as the final exam. The Oral Practicum explores your knowledge of how you will be prepared for the 20 Army Warfighting Challenges (AWFC) covered throughout the ROTC Advanced Course. Successful completion of this course will assist in preparing you for your BOLC B course and is a mandatory requirement for commissioning. Includes a lab per week overseeing MSL III lesson facilitation and supervised by ROTC Cadre.

Additional Programs

CST Basic Camp

CST Basic Camp produces a Cadet grounded in foundational leadership doctrine and skills by following and leading; demonstrates proficiency in individual and collective tasks at the team and squad level; can apply in a physically demanding, complex, tactical environment; who comprehends critical thinking and problem solving using TLPs; comprehends the value of diversity and understands the officer’s role in leading change; understands the fundamentals of the Army as a profession.

CST Advance Camp

CST Advance Camp produces a Cadet who is physically and mentally capable of leading at the platoon level; is tactically proficient; applies fundamentally sound techniques grounded in doctrine; anticipates problems; applies the Troop Leading Procedures to plan, rehearse, and execute mission context problems; applies and analyzes military education, training, and experience to exercise initiative in problem solving during tactical problems at the platoon level; applies essential components of the Army Profession nested in the cross cultural competence; capitalizes on team members’ military education, training, and experience to exercise initiative in problem solving at the platoon level; communicates complex thoughts in a logical and easily understood manner and is dedicated to excellence and accepts accountability for self and assigned unit; willingly gathers input from team members to solve problems.

Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program

CULP program and Cultural Awareness Training deployments produce a Cadet who is culturally astute, and familiar with methodology to analyze operational environment and cultures, then apply this information to plans and behavior.  Culturally astute leaders recognize personal and organizational biases, and are aware of the strategic impact of their actions. CULP Cadets collaborate with diverse actors in a Joint, Inter-organizational, and multi-national (JIM) setting, including host nation military and civilians, US government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) Internship Program

The CTLT internship program provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) units in a CONUS or OCONUS unit. Cadets serve in lieutenant level platoon leadership positions in active duty units. Cadets get opportunities to apply leadership skills, interact with Company Commanders, other junior officers, skilled Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and junior NCOs in an operational Army environment. CTLT is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets who have graduated from the Advance Camp. CTLT Cadets receive a formal evaluation / OER from their active duty chain of command at completion of the course.

Drill Cadet Leader Training (DCLT) Internship Program

The DCLT internship program provides Cadets the opportunity to serve in platoon leader or executive officer positions in Initial Military Training (IMT) companies and work closely with Drill Sergeants and other Cadre. Cadets experience leadership training with IMT companies. Cadets get opportunities to apply leadership skills, interact with Company Commanders and other junior officers, skilled Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Drill Sergeants to improve common task skill proficiency in an Army Training environment. DCLT is exclusively designed for MSL III Cadets who have graduated from CST Advanced Course. DCLT Cadets receive a formal evaluation / OER from their active duty chain of command at completion of the course.

Cadet Internship Track

The Cadet Internship track provides Cadets a myriad of opportunities to seek additional training in specialized areas such as: scientific application, engineering, nursing, medicine, intelligence, and cultural awareness. The internship types, locations and allocations change from year to year. There are typically 15 internships excluding CTLT and DCLT which range in length from two to four weeks. Priority is typically given to MSL III Cadets. Each internship has uniquely different requirements. Some are paid and some are not.