Table of Contents
Section 1. Traditions & History
1.1. BN Mission
1.2. ROTC History
1.3. Traditions of Cadet Command 1.3.1. Cadet Creed
1.3.2. The Message of the Cadet Creed 1.3.3. The Foster Flag
1.3.4. Cadet Command Patch and Crest 1.3.5. Cannonade
Section 2. Organization of the Cadet BN
2.1. Faculty and Staff (Cadre) 2.2. Cadets
2.2.1. Military Science Classes 2.2.2. Corps of Cadets
2.2.3. Participating Schools
2.3. The New Cadet
2.4. Cadet BN Organization
2.5. Battalion Leadership Selection 2.5.1. BN HQ and Staff Positions 2.5.2. Company Leadership Positions 2.6. Battalion HQ and Staff Duties and Responsibilities
2.6.1. Battalion Commander
2.6.2. Battalion Executive Officer 2.6.3. BN S1/Personnel Officer 2.6.4. BN S3/Operations and Training Officer
2.6.5. BN S4/Logistics Officer 2.6.6. BN S5/Recuiting and Public Affairs Officer
2.6.7. Ranger Company Commander 2.6.8. BN Command Sergeants Major 2.7. Company Leadership Duties and Responsibilities
2.7.1. Company Commander
2.7.2. Company Executive Officer 2.7.3. Company First Sergeant 2.7.4. Platoon Leader
2.7.5. Platoon Sergeant
2.7.6. Squad Leader
2.7.7. Team Leader
2.7.8. Squad Members
2.8. Promotion Policy
2.8.1. MSIV & MSIII
2.9. Cadet Mentor/Sponsor System 2.10. Cadre Advisor System
2.12. Open Door Policy
Section 3. Officer’s Image, Courtesy, Discipline,
& Standards of Performance
3.1. Image of the Army Officer
3.2. Standards of Conduct for ROTC Cadets 3.2.1. Overview
3.2.3. Individual Responsibility 3.2.4. Leader Responsibility
3.2.5. Corps of Cadets Activities Guidelines 3.2.6. Extracurricular Activities Guidelines 3.3. Academics Standards
3.3.1. Basic Course
3.3.2. Advance Course
3.3.3. Professional Military Education 3.3.4. Degree Completion
3.3.5. Academic Probation
3.3.6. Withdraw from Classes
3.5. Leaves of Absence
3.6. Fitness Standards
3.8. Military Customs
3.8.1. Army/ROTC Rank Structure 3.8.2. Use of Cadet Titles/Addressing Cadets 3.8.3. Addressing Officers & NCOs 3.8.4. Responding to a Senior Officer’s Presence
3.8.5. Branches of the Army
3.9. Military Discipline
3.10. Military Courtesy
3.10.2. History of the Salute
3.10.3. Rendering the Hand Salute 3.10.4. Courtesy to the Flag and National Anthem
Section 4. Uniform and Appearance Standards
4.2. General Appearance
4.3. Male Grooming Standards
4.4. Female Grooming Standards
4.5. Tattoos and Body Piercing
4.6. Wearing of Jewelry while in Uniform 4.7. Backpack or Shoulder Bags
4.8. When Cadets may wear the Uniform 4.9. ROTC Uniforms
4.9.1. Male Class A Uniform
4.9.2. Male Class B Uniform
4.9.3. Female Class A Uniform
4.9.4. Female Class B Uniform
4.9.5. Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) 4.9.6. Army Physical Fitness Uniform 4.9.7. Headgear
4.9.9. Other Clothing Items
4.9.10. Unauthorized Uniform Wear 4.9.11. Care & Cleaning of Uniforms 4.9.12. Tips on Maintaining the Uniform 4.9.13. Uniform Appearance and Fit
4.10. Insignia, Badges and Awards 4.10.1. Rank Placement – Male
4.10.2. Rank Placement – Female
4.10.3. Lapel Insignia
4.10.4. Name Plates
4.10.5. Distinctive Unit Crest
4.10.6. Placement of Insignia, Badges, Decorations and Awards
4.10.7. Military Badges of the United States on the Army Green Uniform
4.10.8. Academic Achievement Award Placement 4.10.9. Placement of Items worn on the BDU Uniform
Section 5. Training and Operations
5.1. Requires Training Events
5.1.1. Leadership Labs
5.1.2. Field Training Exercises 5.1.3. Spring Awards Ceremony
5.1.4. Combat Water Survival Test 5.2. Required Social Events
5.2.2. Military Ball
5.3. Other Battalion Social Events 5.4. ROTC Training Camps
5.4.1. Leaders Training Course
5.4.2. Advanced Leadership Camp 5.5. Active Duty Training
5.5.1. Airborne School
5.5.2. Air Assault School
5.5.3. Northern Warfare School
5.5.4. Mountain Warfare School
5.5.5. Combat Survival Training 5.6. Cadet Troop Leader Training Programs 5.6.1. Concept
5.6.2. The CTLT Program
5.6.3. Nurse Summer Training Program 5.6.4. Drill Cadet Leadership Training 5.6.5. MMT
5.6.7. Cadet Intern Program
5.6.8. Cadet Field Training
5.7. Clubs & Activities
5.7.1. Ranger Company
5.7.2. Ranger Challenge Team
5.7.3. Blazer Color Guard
5.7.4. National Honor Society of the Scabbard and Blade
5.8. Physical Fitness Training
5.8.1. Army Physical Fitness Test 5.8.2. Fitness Programs
Section 6. Supply Procedures
6.3. Issue/Turn-in of Uniforms & Equipment 6.4. Care of Government Equipment. 6.5. Pecuniary Liability for Military Items
Lost, Stolen or Damaged
6.6. Purchasing Uniform Items
6.7. Uniform & Equipment Turn-in Standards
Section 7. Awards & Insignia
7.2. Distinguished Military Student Program 8.2.1. Distinguished Military Student 8.2.2. Distinguished Military Graduate 7.3. Department of the Army Cadet Awards 7.4. Awards Sponsored by Organizations, Societies and Individuals
7.5. Cadet Command Awards
7.6. Tabs and Badges
Section 8. Common Abbreviations
Section 1 – Traditions & History
1.1 BN Mission
1.1.1 The Military Science Department trains and commissions Scholar, Athlete, Leaders who
represent the future leadership of the Army for the 21st century. Our program is responsible to our cadets, the United States Army, and the American people.
1.1.2 The Military Science program incorporates the seven core values of the U.S. Army: Loyalty
1.1.3 Participation in the UAB Army ROTC program has a profound impact whether through a single class, fulfilling the minor, or earning a commission.
1.1.4 UAB Army ROTC results:
184.108.40.206 Students who:
Strive for academic excellence
Treat others with dignity and respect
Act with a sense of moral and ethical responsibility
Actively participate in the campus community with a willingness to lead
220.127.116.11 Cadets who:
Demonstrate teamwork and selflessness
Display mental and physical toughness
Develop their leadership potential
Demonstrate self-discipline, accept responsibility
18.104.22.168 Lieutenants who possess:
A strong service ethic
Requisite intellectual skill
Necessary military pre-commissioning skills
Demonstrated leadership skills
1.2 ROTC History
The tradition of military instruction on civilian college campuses in America began in 1819, with the establishment of what would become Norwich University. The idea soon spread to other institutions, including the Virginia Military Institute, the University of Tennessee, and The Citadel. The Land Grant Act of 1862 (also known as the Morrill Act) reinforced this tradition by specifying that courses in military tactics should be offered at the college and university campuses established as a result of this act.
Although 105 colleges and universities offered this instruction by the turn of the century, the college military instruction program was not closely associated with the Army's needs. The National Defense Act of 1916 abandoned the idea of an expandable Regular Army and firmly established the traditional concept of the citizens' army as the keystone of our defense forces. It merged the National Guard, the Army Reserve, and the Regular Army into the Army of the United States. Officers for this expanded citizens' army were to be presented with military instruction in
colleges and universities under a Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Army ROTC was firmly established in the form by which it is known today.
By the beginning of World War I, ROTC had placed some 90,000 officers in the reserve pool. in 1917 and 1918, the majority of these officers were called to active duty.
At the outbreak of World War II, more than 56,000 Army ROTC officers were called to active duty within a six-month period. By the end of World War II, more than 100,000 had served. Since 1945, more than 328,000 people from all walks of life have received commissions through the Army ROTC program.
The ROTC Revitalization Act of 1964 added flexibility and incentives to the overall ROTC concept. It offered a full 4-year program, a 2-year program for men who were unable to participate in ROTC during their first two years of college, and a new scholarship program; retained the Cadet Flight Training Program; and increased monthly pay rates and allowances. In 1973 women became eligible to enroll in Army ROTC and to compete for ROTC scholarships at any of the over 290 participating colleges and universities, providing school officials agreed. Since its inception, ROTC has been a highly productive source of commissioned officers for the Total Army. Today nearly 70% of all Army officers are graduates of the Army ROTC program.
1.3 TRADITIONS OF CADET COMMAND
The United States Army Cadet Command was organized 15 April 1986 at historic Fort Monroe, Virginia -- blending the vibrancy of a new command with the traditions of the Army's oldest, continuously active Army installation.
Cadet Command's roots are deeply embedded in Americana with its heritage of the citizen-soldier extending back to the nineteenth century when military training was introduced at Norwich University in Vermont.
A new chapter began with the consolidation of all ROTC activities within Cadet Command, an organization forging its own identity and its own traditions.
1.3.1 CADET CREED.
The Cadet Creed was adopted in June 1988 to imbue Army Cadets with values that will be critical to being successful cadets and later Army officers. The Creed is short but contains a profound message.
I am an Army Cadet. Soon I will take an oath and become an Army Officer committed to DEFENDING the values which make this Nation great. HONOR is my touchstone. I understand
MISSION first and PEOPLE always.
I am the PAST: the spirit of those WARRIORS who have made the final sacrifice. I am the PRESENT: the scholar and apprentice soldier enhancing my skills in the science of
warfare and the art of leadership.
But above all, I am the FUTURE: the future WARRIOR LEADER of the United States Army. May
God give me the compassion and judgment to lead and the gallantry in battle to WIN.
I WILL do my DUTY.
1.3.2 THE MESSAGE OF THE CADET CREED
Defending the values which make this Nation great, Cadets, upon being commissioned, take an oath to defend, with their lives when necessary, the Constitution of the United States of America. This document, created more than two centuries ago after our Nation's valiant struggle for independence, is the keystone of our way of life, of the world's most stable democracy. Our Nation derives its strength from the consent of the governed. The basic tenets of our Constitution are that all men have certain natural inalienable rights and those men are born equal and must be treated equal before the law. These are powerful words, but words which have meaning only as
long as we, as Americans, are willing to defend our value system as embodied in our Constitution. This each Army Cadet is honor bound to do both as a cadet and latter as a commissioned officer.
HONOR is my touchstone. Honor is used in two ways when referring to Army Cadets. Serving the people of the United States as a commissioned officer is an honor afforded only a small fraction of our young men and women. More importantly, "with honor" describes how an Army Cadet will serve upon being commissioned. Honor is the bedrock upon which the Army Officer builds a successful career. Honor encompasses integrity and dedication. Honor is the thread which holds together the fabric of our Army as it discharges its critical mission of being the peace in our world. Serving with honor begins in the cadet years and builds throughout one's career.
MISSION first and PEOPLE always. The Army Cadet who burns these five words into his memory will always get the job done, which is the essence of being an Army Officer. A commissioned officer has a sacred obligation to take care of the men and women entrusted to his unit, to guide, to train, to teach and to counsel. The leader who cares for his people will always command the respect and dedicated service of his soldiers, assuring mission accomplishment. I am the PAST. The legacy of the Army Cadet dates to the colonial Army which won our independence. It has been enriched by each generation who served in time of peace to safeguard our security and in time of war to secure victory through supreme sacrifice. The tradition of the Army Cadet is to live up to the magnificent example set by their former comrades-in-arms, in our land and overseas, as the guardians of liberty.
I am the PRESENT. Army Cadets are talented people who are molded into superior leaders through a commitment to excellence by the officers and noncommissioned officers who are Cadet Command. The skills of the Army Cadet are enhanced in the classroom, at field training exercises, at Advanced Camp and Basic Camp, and through Ranger Challenge. The Army Cadet who dedicates himself to excellence will become an officer who is both a war winner and a respected leader.
I am the FUTURE. Army Cadets are indeed the Army's future officer leadership. Into the hands of Army Cadets across the Nation will be placed the responsibility of leading the outstanding young Americans who fill the enlisted ranks of our Army. Our Army Cadets will be challenged to maintain and strengthen our Army and to master the futuristic weapons systems being fielded. Being an officer-leader will be both a challenge and an opportunity. Each Army Cadet must live up to his or her full potential to become a WARRIOR LEADER with the "Right Stuff to be a war winner.
I WILL do my DUTY. Doing one's duty encompasses all the traits inherent in being an Army Cadet and an Army Officer. In the words of one of America's most respected Army commanders, General Robert E. Lee, "Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less."
1.3.3 THE FOSTER (CADET COMMAND) FLAG
Cadet Command's colors are the crisp black and gold of America's senior military service, attesting to the Command's critical mission: TO COMMISSION THE FUTURE OFFICER LEADERSHIP OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
Mrs. Maria Foster, wife of Command Sergeant Major Calvin Foster of the U.S. Army Fourth Region, U.S. Army Cadet Command, hand stitched the first colors of the Command. The Flag was presented to Major General Robert E. Wagner, the first Commanding General of Cadet Command, by CSM Foster on 2 May 1986 at Continental Park, Fort Monroe, at ceremonies marking the organization of the new Command. From 2 May 1986 to 16 December 1987, the Foster Flag proudly flew at numerous Cadet Command ceremonies. It symbolizes the dedication of Cadet Command to promoting "Leadership Excellence" and the commissioning of the future
officer leadership of the United States Army. The Foster Flag now stands in a place of honor in the foyer of Cadet Command Headquarters at Fort Monroe.
1.3.4 CADET COMMAND PATCH AND CREST
Cadet Command's shoulder patch was authorized 8 April 1986. Its crest was authorized on 22 August 1986. The symbolism of both insignia is identical.
The shield symbolizes the Army mission of national defense and is divided into quarters representing the four traditional military science courses comprising the Senior ROTC curriculum.
The sword signifies the courage, gallantry, and self-sacrifice intrinsic to the profession of arms. The lamp denotes the pursuit of knowledge, higher learning, and the partnership of Army ROTC with American colleges and universities.
The Greek helmet is symbolic of the ancient civilization concept of the warrior scholar. The motto "Leadership Excellence" expresses the ultimate responsibility of Army ROTC in the
discharge of its moral responsibility to the Nation.
An integral part of Cadet Command reviews and ceremonies is the firing of a three-volley cannonade saluting the pillars of our service to our Nation -- Duty, Honor, and Country. You will participate in ceremonies utilizing the cannonade at Advance Camp.
DUTY - obedience and disciplined performance. Despite difficulty or danger, duty requires self responsibility and selfless devotion.
HONOR - encompassing integrity and dedication. Honor is the thread which holds together the fabric of our Army.
COUNTRY - for which men and women have given their lives. Our country shines, as the light of freedom and dignity to the world.
Section 2 – Organization of the Cadet BN
2.1 FACULTY AND STAFF (CADRE)
The instructors in the ROTC department are all Regular Army, National Guard and/or Army Reserve (AGR). The department head is titled the Professor of Military Science (PMS). The Senior Military Instructor (SMI) is the unit Senior Non-commissioned Officer (NCO). Other officers assigned here as instructors are titled Assistant Professors of Military Science (APMS). They serve primarily as teachers and are available to counsel cadets with any type of problem. Senior Noncommissioned Officers (NCO’s) who are assigned here is called Military Instructors. These NCO’s are involved in the teaching of military skills. Additional administrative and supply
personnel are assigned to the Battalion. Collectively, the active military personnel on campus are referred to as the cadre.
2.2.1 MILITARY SCIENCE CLASSES.
All students taking ROTC are grouped into Military Science (MS) levels based on their academic alignment and military training experience.
MSI: Normally an Academic Freshman
MSII: Normally an Academic Sophomore
MSIII: Normally an Academic Junior
MSIV: Normally an Academic Senior
NOTE. Each student is classified as a cadet and collectively referred to as the Corps of Cadets.
2.3 CORPS OF CADETS.
The Corps of Cadets consists of all MSI thru MSIV and Completion Cadets. The Corps is organized as a Battalion who oversees Company organizations. The Battalion receives its guidance from the Cadre (kind of like the Brigade) and disseminates this guidance to the Cadet Company Commanders. The guidance is then turned into executable missions as it flows through the Company/Corps of Cadets for execution.
2.4 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS.
The ―Blazer‖ Battalion is composed of cadets from other universities and colleges in the
University of Montevallo
2.5 The New Cadet.
So what’s this new guy stuff all about? Yes I am talking to you, the new UAB Army ROTC
Cadet. Are you a little curious as to what is going on? People are talking, but you may not understand what’s rolling out of their mouths. This guidance can help you along in your new adventure. New adventure you ask? Of course…did you think becoming a ROTC cadet and
possibly a future Lieutenant in the US Army would be anything but an adventure? So, welcome to the Blazer Battalion. Please become familiar with the following information; it will greatly assist you in your arrival and integration into the Blazer family.
You may be a fairly seasoned cadet; at least you might think you know what is going on. This piece of work is especially for you. We need experienced cadets to care for, mentor, train, and guide our new members to success. I challenge those of you that have been around awhile to never forget where you came from. We all have to start new; it is those of us who take the extra time and care that makes the difference between a mediocre unit and one that fosters pride, happiness, and proficiency. So, by all means, help out; it is the best satisfaction you will ever feel.
Your first day may be at the beginning of the year or it may be at the start of the second semester. You may be fresh out of high school, a drilling National Guard soldier or Reservist, or someone who has a few years of prior service. Regardless of your past, you will all experience many of the same desires, fears, and needs. You definitely want to be successful in college and it is possible you don’t have a clue about how to get around and survive on campus. You sure want to fit in as both a student and US Army ROTC cadet. You want to know how to use or apply for that scholarship. What will be expected of you, how do you wear that Army uniform, and what is this ―yes sir‖ and ―no sir‖ thing all about? What exactly is a sergeant?
Upon your arrival, a few things should happen. You should have a point of contact (POC); usually an instructor or the recruiting operations officer fills this void. This is usually the first Army person (cadre member) that you have come into contact with. As a cadet or potential cadet, you will be assigned a Military Science (MS) Level according to your academic alignment. A freshman is an MSI, sophomore is an MSII, and I are sure you get the picture. Your primary instructor is one of your main POCs and will get you up and running in the right direction. He or she will ensure that you receive a good orientation to the class instruction and will introduce you to the other ROTC cadre. Another POC is your sponsor. A Mentor/Sponsor is assigned to you at the beginning of your first semester of school and he or she is also a ROTC cadet. Your Mentor/Sponsor will ensure you are in-processed and that your integration into the battalion is as smooth as possible.