Army ROTC classes take no more of your time than most other college courses and count as credit towards your college diploma. All courses for the program at VMI fall under the Department of Military Science. Topics include leadership, warfighting functions, and training management. Details regarding each course topic can be found in the academic catalog.
The traditional Four-Year Program is made up of two years of basic courses and two years of advanced courses.
The Two-Year Program
Cadet Initial Entry Training Course (CIET) is an intensive 28-day training experience for college students unable to meet the basic course requirements on campus and is the Army’s 2-year ROTC Program entry point.
Through CIET, students without ROTC Basic Course experience can examine the Army without incurring an obligation, and qualify for Advanced Course entry. The Army observes these students and determines their officer potential in a leadership-oriented, challenging, and motivating 28-day training program.
More information is available on the CIET website.
You may attend the Cadet Initial Entry Training Course if you:
- Have not completed all four semesters of Military Science I and II.
- Are medically qualified to attend.
- Are transferring from a school that did not have ROTC.
- Are a junior or community college transfer entering an ROTC school and have no prior active or Reserve component military experience.
- Are a graduate student, starting a two-year program.
- Are a high-school graduate entering a military junior college.
Students with prior military service, or who have taken JROTC, may be given credit for Basic Course completion and would not be required to attend CIET. Pay and allowances are covered for CIET attendees.
Students who attend the Cadet Initial Entry Training Course may compete for a Two-Year Army ROTC scholarship while at camp. These merit scholarships are awarded to the most qualified students who apply. For more information on the requirements and benefits from a Cadet Initial Entry Training Course scholarship, see the Three and Two Year Scholarship Page.
When it comes to intense leadership training, VMI’s Army ROTC department has excellent resources at its disposal. On post, VMI features a 180-foot rappelling cliff, indoor 9mm range, outdoor rifle range, obstacle course, land navigation course, and much more. In addition to training areas in and around VMI’s campus, Army ROTC utilizes Fort A.P. Hill and Fort Pickett, VA for its numerous filed training exercises.