Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Training & Curriculum consist of?

Military Science Courses are designed to test both your technical expertise and your ability to communicate your ideas. Beginning in 2007/2008 our programs 300 level courses were registered as writing and oral intensive courses. They will be designed to push cadets to their mental limit. This will help prepare the cadet to be an effective communicator either as an officer or as a student in other classes.

MILS F101 Foundations of Officership (2 Credits)

Issues and competencies central to a commissioned officer’s responsibilities. Presents a framework for understanding officership leadership and Army values. Addresses life skills including fitness and time management. Designed to encourage insight into the Army as a profession and the officer’s role within the Army. Special fees apply. (1+2)

MILS F102 Basic Leadership (2 Credits)

Continuation of MILS F101. Focus on communications, leadership and problem solving. Life skills lessons include: problem solving, goal setting, interpersonal communication, and assertiveness. Lessons yield immediately useful skills. Provides accurate information about life in the Army, including the organization of the Army, employment benefits and work experiences of junior officers. Special fees apply. (1+2)

MILS F201 Individual Leadership Studies (3 Credits)

Communication and leadership theory and application. Focus on critical life skills. Emphasis on relevance of life skills to future success in the Army. Includes a major leadership and problem solving case study which draws on virtually all of the instruction in MILS F101 and MILS F102. Special fees apply. (2+2)

MILS F202 Leadership and Teamwork (3 Credits)

Focus on officership providing an extensive examination of the unique purpose, roles and obligations of commissioned officers. Includes a detailed look at the origin of our institutional values and their practical application in decision-making and leadership. Core focus is a capstone case study in officership that traces the Army’s successes and failures as it evolved from the Vietnam War to present, placing previous lessons on leadership and officership in a real-world context that directly affects the future of cadets. Draws the various components of values, communications, decision-making, and leadership together to focus on a career as a commissioned officer. Special fees apply. (2+2)

MILS F250 Leaders Training Course (3 Credits)

A four-week camp in basic military skills and leadership experience in preparation for entrance into the advanced course. For students who did not take the basic course . Prerequisites: At least two years of schooling remaining upon completion of camp. Prerequisite: Admission by arrangement with professor of military science . (3+0)

MILS F301 Leadership and Problem Solving (4 Credits +W)

Challenges cadets to study, practice and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of preparing for the ROTC advance camp. Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations are used to develop self awareness and critical thinking skills. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership abilities. Cadets at the MSL III level begin to analyze and evaluate their own leadership values, attributes, skills and actions. Primary attention is given to preparation for advance camp and the development of leadership abilities. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing in MILS; permission of instructor. (3+2)

MILS F302 Leadership and Ethics (4 Credits +O)

Interdisciplinary study of effective leadership techniques and preparation for attendance in MILS F350. Laboratory sessions offer practical application of concepts taught in classroom sessions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; junior standing in MILS; permission of instructor. (3+2)

MILS F350 Leadership Development Assessment Course (3 Credits)

Five-week course structured to assess and develop the leadership capabilities of the cadet by using a variety of situations in a military environment. Prerequisites: MILS F301; MILS F302; must be enrolled as an advanced course cadet; and have the recommendation of the Department Head. (3+0)

MILS F351 Cadet Troop Leadership Training (2 Credits)

Three- to five-week full-time leadership training and development, serving in leadership positions with the active Army. Application of leadership and management principles in real life junior officer situations/positions. Prerequisites: MILS F101; MILS F350; must be enrolled as an advanced course cadet. (0+0)

MILS F401 Developmental Leadership (4 Credits)

Develops student proficiency in planning, executing and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff and providing leadership-performance feedback to subordinates. Students are given situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions and provide coaching to fellow ROTC students. MSL IV cadets are measured by their ability both to give and receive systematic and specific feedback on leadership abilities. Cadets at the MSL IV level analyze and evaluate the leadership values, attributes, skills and actions of MSL III cadets while simultaneously considering their own leadership skills. Attention is given to preparation for BOLC II and the development of leadership abilities. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Senior standing in MILS and permission of instructor. (3+2)

MILS F402 Officership (4 Credits)

Continuation of MILS F401. Includes study of military ethics and law. Student role in laboratory sessions is to plan instruction and assess performance of MILS F100-F300-level students. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Senior standing in MILS and permission of instructor. (4+0)

MILS F442 History of the American Military (3 Credits)

The military’s place in American life and society from the Colonial era to the present. Role of the military institution in shaping the nature of American society while reflecting the character of the society it serves. Also available via Independent Learning. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with HIST F442.) (3+0)

MILS F250 Leaders Training Course (3 Credits)

A four-week camp in basic military skills and leadership experience in preparation for entrance into the advanced course. For students who did not take the basic course . Prerequisites: At least two years of schooling remaining upon completion of camp. Prerequisite: Admission by arrangement with professor of military science . (3+0)

What events do ROTC cadets participate in?

Fall and Spring FTX
UAF ROTC conducts two FTX (Field Training Exercises) during the school year. These FTX events help to both evaluate and develop leadership attributes and a cadets' tactics. Our FTX events are usually conducted at Ft. Wainwright and can last up to 3 days of intense training.

Land Navigation
Land Navigation is usually conducted two to three times in a school year, or as needed. It is important for any soldier to know how to navigate from one point to the next. Land Navigation is crucial to mission success in almost every branch of the army.

Hand Grenade Qualification
Hand Grenade Qualification is usually reserved for cadets training for RANGER CHALLENGE. Although all cadets at UAF are trained in hand grenade throwing and assault of a bunker with a hand grenade.

Individual Tactical Training (ITT)
ITT is important for cadets, because learning how to maneuver tactically and efficiently during an assault is crucial to success. Cadets learn how to do buddy rushes, low and high crawls, climbing over obstacles, and combat rolls.

M4 Qualification
A crucial component of a soldiers job is to maintain and train on his or her M4 rifle. A cadet will train several times throughout the year on marksmanship and proper handling of the M4 rifle. Weapon safety is paramount in our training. At FTX events we usually will have blanks to simulate live fire and assault situations.

Combat Water Survival Training (CWST)
Sometimes the most challenging for many cadets is the CWST event. Their are two main events at advance camp (Swim Test and Confidence Course), and UAF ROTC usually conducts two CWST labs a year. Our events are used to determine weak swimmers in order to help them with any problems before arriving at advance camp. Cadets will also have the opportunity to swim and train in water during or before PT during the school year.

Physical Training (PT)
PT is probably the most important part of leadership development in ROTC. Our program requires PT three times a week. It not only helps to develop the physical condition of cadets, but it prepares them for the challenges, both physical and mental, for advance camp and beyond. It also allows us to evaluate leadership attributes in MSIII cadets who take charge of the PT formation and lead exercise events for one hour.
Throughout the year our cadets participate in other activities such as the Ranger Challenge. The Ranger Challenge is a team of top cadets that compete in a series of events that include hand grenade throwing, ruck march race, and M4/Pistol marksmanship. The commanders cup is usually held every October and is an invitational meet for the Air Force ROTC from UAA. The events at the commanders cup include Curling, Volleyball, Basketball, Dodgeball, and many other fun events. Some of our cadets participate in intramural sports such as broom ball and others.

Social Events
UAF ROTC works hard and plays hard. We have a wide variety of activities that cadets can participate in. Our Cadet Club functions as our committee that is devoted to organizing and funding cadet social events, such as the Christmas party, and the Dinning In function that usually takes place in April. We also host pizza parties after FTX on occasion, and numerous cadets host individual weekend get-togethers like movie and game nights.

What are the physical requirements?

To contract as a cadet, you must pass the Contracted Cadet Fitness Assessment (CCFA). This consists of push-ups (one minute), sit-ups (one minute), and a 1-mile run. Standards are posted here.

To commission as an Officer and pass Cadet Summer Training (CST), you must pass the Army Combat Fitness Assessment (ACFT). You must score a minimum of 60 points in each event. the standards and exercises are posted here.

If I am currently in college, can I still join ROTC?

In order to commission as a Second Lieutenant, you must be in ROTC for a minimum of two years. If you fall in this category, please contact the recruiting officer as soon as possible. Not all situations are the same and we will have to meet and work with you to complete this goal.

Where are you located?

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Our offices are located on the ground floor in room 106 in the Bunnell Building (same building as the School of Business & Security Management).  Please feel free to drop in and ask questions or stop by and sit in on a class to see if ROTC is right for you.

PO 757460, Fairbanks, AK 99775

FAX: 907.474.5699
Telephone: 907.474.7501