The objective of the Army ROTC program is to produce officers possessing those leadership qualities and attributes essential to their progressive development in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. It provides instruction in basic officer competencies; teaches basic life skills pertaining to fitness and interpersonal communication; introduces Army values and expected ethical behavior; presents the unique duties and responsibilities of officers and the expectation of selfless service; and teaches the basic soldier skills required for squad level tactical operation.
The ROTC curriculum is separated into two phases; the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. The Basic Course encompasses the freshman and sophomore years and incurs no service obligation unless on ROTC scholarship. Upon completion of the Basic Course, the ROTC student who elects, and is selected, enters the Advanced Course, which comprises the junior and senior years. During these two years, cadets continue to develop the leadership, knowledge, and skills required to be a commissioned officer. All classes are supplemented by a two-hour Leadership Lab each week during fall and spring semesters.
ROTC is available at Southeastern University through cross-enrollment at Florida Southern College. The FSC ROTC Department offers great opportunities for adventure. In addition to indoor rock climbing, paint ball, and canoeing, cadets can find themselves jumping out of airplanes, rappelling out of helicopters or rock climbing in Alaska. Each year cadets are sent to Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare, Basic Camp, Advanced Camp, and Cadet Troop Leadership Training.
Entrance into the Advanced Course is not open to all students completing the Basic Course, but only those whose ROTC and academic records are such to warrant the belief they will become commissioned officers in the US Army. Students with prior military service and with at least 60 semester hours may enroll in the Advanced Course if physically and academically qualified. Advanced Course students are required to sign a contract with the US Government whereby the student agrees, in return for subsistence payment, to complete the entire Advanced Course and to accept a commission as an officer in the US Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve.
Southeastern University awards elective credit for all ROTC classes. Financial aid is available through the ROTC department. Qualified students may receive a monthly financial stipend ranging from $200 to $450 a month, as well as financial assistance for book fees, and interested individuals may also apply for ROTC scholarships. Students attending Basic and Advanced Camps also receive payment for their attendance.