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  • College of Arts & Science

    • Military Sciences
    • Hanna Hall
    • tel: 610-499-4098
    • fax: 610-490-7028
  • Mr. Keith Karbel


Basic Camp, Army ROTC

The Basic Camp (formerly Cadet Initial Entry Training) is a 28-day, fully funded introduction to Army leadership held at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The mission of the course is to qualify and motivate prospective cadets to enroll in the Army ROTC advanced course.

The Basic Camp incorporates a wide range of training events designed to develop/assess leadership and officer potential. Basic Camp is rigorous and demanding both mentally and physically, and will test intelligence, ingenuity and stamina. Basic Camp training events provide a new perspective on an individual’s ability to perform challenging tasks and to make sound decisions in demanding situations.

Basic Camp is a lateral entry method designed for students with no former military experience. Veterans, current members of the Army Reserve or National Guard, or cadets/midshipmen transferring from sister service ROTC programs may enter directly into the Army ROTC advanced course and are therefore not eligible for this introductory course. Students should contact the ROTC department late fall/early spring semester of their sophomore year to apply for a slot. Successful completion of the Basic Camp will satisfy the ROTC basic course requirements (MS 100 through MS 200 level coursework).

Follow your cadet's progress this summer at the Basic Camp news site.