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ROTC Commitment

Cadets in Cornell ROTC will have the unique challenge of balancing academics with their military training; however, the time-commitment to ROTC is not so large as to hinder your ability to study, engage in other campus activities, and have a healthy social life. As a cadet in our program, you could expect your weekly commitment to look a little something like this:

Physical Training 6:15 am – 7:15 am

Military Science Class 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Physical Training 6:15 am – 7:15 am

Physical Training 6:15 am – 7:15 am

Saturday (one per month)
Super Lab 6:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cadets receive instruction on small unit tactics during military science lab.

Cadets receive instruction on small unit tactics during military science lab.

In addition to typical weekly time commitments, there are a number of events that happen throughout each semester that may require additional commitments. For instance, once per semester, cadets will do a leadership exercise in the field that will last an entire weekend. There are other events that occur on weekends within the community such as the Veterans’ Day Parade or the VFW Watch Fire (see the 2016 Watch Fire video below).

Lastly, the summer after junior year, all cadets are required to attend advanced camp in order to be evaluated on their leadership skills that they have learned over their time in ROTC. This summer camp is 4 weeks long and you will be reimbursed for your time. Cadets who missed freshman and/or sophomore year of ROTC classes are required to attend the paid, month-long basic camp in order to catch up on missed knowledge.

There are a number of other summer training opportunities that cadets can optionally take part in! See the Summer Training Tab to get more information about opportunities to travel the world or train with current active duty units.