Student Handout 1
New Cadet Guide
Department of Military Science
New Cadet Guide
6-2. Guaranteed reserve forces duty Part One
6-3. Non-scholarship student obligations General Information
Chapter 1 Part Three
Purpose The Cadet Battalion
1-1. Purpose Chapter 7
1-2. References Organization
7-1. Cadet battalion Chapter 2
7-2. Color guard Introduction
7-3. Ranger Challenge team 2-1. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps
2-2. Department of Military Science at Chapter 8
Vanderbilt University Duty Descriptions
8-1. General Chapter 3
8-2. Battalion commander Military Science Curriculum
8-3. Deputy commander 3-1. Curriculum 8-4. Executive officer 3-2. Military science instruction 8-5. Staff officers 3-3. Military science classes 8-6. TAC officers 3-4. Military schools 8-7. Company commander
8-8. Company executive officer
8-9. First sergeant Part Two
8-10. Platoon leaders, platoon sergeants, Scholarships and Obligations
and squad leaders
Scholarships and Stipends Chapter 9
4-1. General description of scholarships
4-2. Scholarship packages 9-1. MS IV cadet grades of rank 4-3. Stipends 9-2. MS III cadet grades of rank
9-3. MS II cadet grades of rank
9-4. MS I cadet grades of rank Chapter 5
5-1. Academic plan Conduct and Courtesy
10-1. Honor code Chapter 6
10-2. Terms of address Service Obligations
10-3. Saluting 6-1. Active duty service obligations
New Cadet Guide – August 2006
This publication supercedes New Cadet Guide, August 2005
12-22. RECONDO badge Part Four
12-23. Physical fitness badge Wear and Appearance of the Cadet
12-24. Parachutist badge Uniforms and Insignia
12-25. Air Assault badge
12-26. Marksmanship qualification badges Chapter 11
and bars Grooming Standards
11-1. Hair standards Chapter 13
11-2. Fingernail standards Cadet Awards
11-4. Tattoos and body piercing 13-1. General
Chapter 12 Section One
Cadet Uniforms and Insignia Department of the Army Awards
13-2. Department of the Army Cadet Section One
Command Medal for Heroism Description of Cadet Uniforms
13-3. Department of the Army Superior
12-1. Categories of Army uniforms Cadet Award
12-2. Cadet uniform issue
12-3. Cadet uniform descriptions Section Two
12-4. Mandatory wear of the uniform Advanced Camp Awards
12-5. Mixing uniforms items and civilian
clothes 13-4. Region commander's leadership
13-5. Camp commander's leadership award Section Two
13-6. Platoon leadership award Description of Insignias and Badges
12-6. Basic course cap insignia Section Three
12-7. Basic course collar insignia Basic Camp Awards 12-8. Advanced course collar insignia
12-9. Distinctive unit insignia 13-7. Outstanding cadet award 12-10. Shoulder sleeve insignia
12-11. Academic achievement insignia Section Four
12-12. Distinguished military student badge Campus and Camp Awards
12-13. Insignia of grade for cadet officers
12-14. Insignia of grade for cadet 13-8. Military awards noncommissioned officers 13-9. Academic awards 12-15. Insignia of grade for cadet enlisted 13-10. Athletic awards personnel 13-11. Professor of Military Science awards
12-16. Shoulder marks
12-18. Nurse cadet badge
12-19. Ranger Challenge tab
12-20. Ranger Challenge shoulder cord
12-21. Color guard shoulder cords
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14-24. Academic achievement insignia Section Five
14-25. Nurse cadet badge Fraternal Associations and Service
14-26. Distinguished military student badge Organizations Awards
14-27. Medals, awards, and decorations 13-12. Fraternal associations and service 14-28. Special skill badges organizations awards 14-29. Color guard shoulder cords
14-30. Ranger Challenge shoulder cord
Preparing Uniforms for Wear Section Four
Woodland Camouflage Battle Dress Section One Uniform
14-31. U.S. ARMY distinguishing insignia, 14-1. Army green dress uniform name tape, and shoulder sleeve insignia 14-2. Army blue uniform 14-32. Battle dress uniform coat collar
14-33. Battle dress uniform cold weather Section Two
coat shoulder loop insignia Class A Green Service Uniform
14-34. Battle dress uniform cap insignia 14-3. Shoulder sleeve insignia 14-35. Black leather combat boots 14-4. Collar insignia
14-5. Garrison cap insignia Section Five
14-6. Army green coat and black all Army Combat Uniform
weather coat shoulder loop insignia
14-7. Nameplate 14-36. U.S. ARMY distinguishing insignia, 14-8. Academic achievement insignia name tape, and shoulder sleeve insignia 14-9. Nurse cadet badge 14-37. ACU cap insignia 14-10. Distinguished military student badge 14-38. Tan suede combat boots 14-11. Medals, awards, and decorations
14-12. Special skill badges Section Six
14-13. Marksmanship qualification badges Physical Fitness Uniform
14-14. RECONDO badge 14-39. Physical fitness uniform 14-15. Black web belt with brass buckle
14-16. Green service cap Appendix A
14-17. Color guard shoulder cords References
14-18. Ranger Challenge shoulder cord
14-19. Ranger Challenge tab Appendix B
Class B Green Service Uniform
14-20. Uniform shirt
14-22. Insignia of grade
14-23. Black web belt with brass buckle
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This guide is designed to introduce new students to the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Vanderbilt University. It provides a general orientation to acquaint students from all Nashville area colleges and universities with the program in order to promote their assimilation into the Corps of Cadets. The guide is not a single-source reference for all military science operations and therefore refers to other sources when applicable.
Required and related sources are listed in appendix A.
2-1. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps
The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) produces over 80% of the officers for the active Army and its reserve component, the Army National Guards and the Army Reserve. Admission is open to all college men and women who meet mental, moral, and physical qualifications. Education goes beyond the classroom as it is designed to provide students with the basic concepts and principles of military art and science while developing the student's leadership, personal integrity, honor, responsibility, and appreciation for national security. These objectives establish a sound basis for future professional development and effective performance as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.
2-2. Department of Military Science at Vanderbilt University
a. The Department is headed by the Professor of Military Science, who is also called the Director of Army Officer Education at Vanderbilt University. This officer, along with the cadre of officers, noncommissioned officers, and a University staff member provide all instruction and administrative and logistical support to the students enrolled in the program. The instructors are assigned responsibility for one class, e.g. freshman, sophomore, etc., and also act as the military science advisors for the students in that class.
b. The Department produces leaders – men and women who will assume roles of
responsibility both in the military and civilian sectors. Students of most of the Nashville-area colleges and universities are eligible to participate in the training conducted by the department. This broad base of students provides an experience that increases an individual's self-confidence, and stresses teamwork and personal responsibility. In the end, each student understands the importance of integrity and subscribes to a professional ethic of competence, candor, courage, and commitment. The student who is commissioned in the United States Army has truly
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challenged himself or herself while in college, and has become a better person and a better citizen in the process.
c. The offices and classrooms are located north of the Peabody campus of Vanderbilt University. See campus map at appendix B. Inquires regarding the Army ROTC program should be made to the Department of Military Science at (615) 322-8550 or (800) 288-7682 (ROTC).
Military science curriculum
a. General: The four year military science curriculum is divided into two two-year courses –
the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.
b. Basic Course: The Basic Course is designed for the freshman and sophomore academic years. The course introduces the student to the profession of arms, responsibilities of the officer corps, organization of the Army, military history, weapons, field craft, land navigation, and other skills. It is a prerequisite for the advanced course. The freshman class is generically called MS I, for Military Science year one, and the sophomore class is called MS II. These terms are oftentimes used to refer to the students, as well.
c. Placement credit for the Basic Course: The Professor of Military Science may grant partial or full placement credit for the Basic Course if a student has completed Army basic training or another Service's equivalent training, the ROTC Leader's Training Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, or Junior ROTC in high school.
d. Advanced Course: The Advanced Course covers the junior and senior years and includes the mandatory five-week Warrior Forge summer training at Fort Lewis, Washington. The MS III on-campus portion of the Advanced Course prepares students for summer training by emphasizing technical and tactical skills and leadership development. During the school year MS III students rotate through various company level leadership positions and are evaluated on their performance as an indicator of their potential. During the senior year MS IV students assist with MS III instruction, conduct leadership development assessments, and complete MS IV classes.
3-2. Military science instruction
a. General: Instruction consists of classroom work, leadership laboratories, physical fitness training, and field instruction, which provide a solid foundation for the junior officer's values, skills, and attributes.
b. Classroom instruction: Classes focus on developing individual military skills, small unit tactics, organizational leadership and management techniques, U.S. military history, professional ethics, oral and written communications skills, military justice, and other professional knowledge subjects required for effective performance of duty as a commissioned officer. Classes meet once a week at the Wilkerson Center.
c. Laboratories: Laboratories place students in leadership positions, teach and provide practical experience in military drill and ceremony, troop-leading procedures, small-unit tactical operations, rappelling, and water survival. Laboratories are generally held once a week on Thursday afternoons.
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d. Physical fitness training: Physical fitness training builds physical conditioning, teamwork, and esprit de corps. Physical fitness training sessions are scheduled for one hour on Mondays and Wednesdays at 0600, with an additional independent physical training session, which is logged and turned in for credit. Sessions are normally conducted at Centennial Park or, in case of inclement weather, in the Vanderbilt Student Recreation Center. See campus map at appendix B.
e. Field instruction: Field training exercises reinforce classroom and laboratory instruction by placing students in realistic tactical situations under field conditions. Field training exercises are conducted once a semester for three days at Fort Knox, Kentucky. All freshmen participate in a fall semester weekend exercise at Fort Knox designed to build cohesion and class identity.
f. Freshmen Orientation Exercise: The Department conducts a weekend orientation for new students during the first month of school. Students will become acquainted with their peers and military science instructors. This exercise includes confidence and team building exercises designed to build cohesion and class identity.
3-3. Military science classes
Vanderbilt students register for military science classes through the Oasis system using the class codes shown in table 3-1. Non-Vanderbilt students use their school's coding system which is generally a variant of Vanderbilt's coding system. Academic credit varies by university and college. Shown are the classroom hours/laboratory hours/physical fitness training hours per week.
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Military Science Course Codes
MS I: Freshman MS II: Sophomore MS III: Junior MS IV: Senior
MS 111. MS 211. MS 251. MS 151.
MS 152. MS 212. MS 252. MS 113
3-4. Military schools
Qualified students have the opportunity to attend selected Army schools during the summer months in a non-pay status. These schools include the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Ordinarily priority for selection goes to students who have completed MS II. Other opportunities exist on a space-available basis.
Scholarships and Obligations
Scholarships and Stipends
4-1. General description of scholarships
Students can earn merit-based ROTC scholarships in several ways.
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a. High school seniors and graduates compete for four-year and three-year scholarships that are determined by local competition among applicants. Although determined locally, the application process is centrally managed. Applications should generally be submitted by November of the year prior to admission.
b. College sophomores not enrolled in military science may enter the program by attending the basic camp after their sophomore year. These students are then eligible for two-year scholarships.
c. Enlisted members of the U.S. Army are eligible for Green-to-Gold scholarships that are determined by national competition or granted by the commanding generals of the Army's divisions and corps.
d. Enlisted members of the Army Reserve or Army National Guard or outstanding students who are interested in joining the Army Reserve or Army National Guard may be eligible for two-year scholarships. They must have successfully completed two years of college to apply.
4-2. Scholarship packages
The size of Army ROTC scholarships is a function of the actual tuition costs and accordingly differ from school to school. Table 4-1 identifies the various scholarship packages for most of the Nashville-area colleges and universities.
______________________________________________________________________________ Table 4-1
School Annual Tuition Annual Book Monthly Stipend
Assistance Allowance by MS Class
for SY 2002-03
Belmont University Full Tuition $900 $300/350/450/500
Fisk University Full Tuition $900 $300/350/450/500
Lipscomb University Full Tuition $900 $300/350/450/500
Trevecca Nazarene Full Tuition $900 $300/350/450/500
Tennessee State Full Tuition $900 $300/350/450/500
Vanderbilt University Full Tuition $900 $300/350/450/500
* Vanderbilt University provides Vanderbilt ROTC scholarship students an additional $3,000 tuition grant each year.
Contracted students regardless of scholarship status receive the tax-free stipends listed in the Table 4-1.
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