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If you're an active duty military member or veteran, you must complete the same online application forms as new students. If you have already attended NCC at any time in the past, apply as a Returning Student.
NCC Veteran Stories
Watch a video about NCC's own Band of Brothers above. Use the link below to watch videos of Veterans sharing their oral history.
Veterans Oral History
ROTC training is available to NCC students through the Military History Department at Lehigh University. Get more information.
Basic Courses (No Military Obligation Required)
MS I - Freshman (Fall & Spring semesters: 1 credit each)
This year serves as the Cadet's introduction to the Army. These courses are open to all students at any of the 13 participating colleges in the Lehigh Valley, and there is no military obligation to take them (with the exception of cadets on scholarship). Subjects covered:
- Role and Organization of the Army
- Customs and Traditions of the Army
- Military Leadership, Ethics, and Values
- First Aid
- Basic Map Reading Skills
- Basic Small Unit Tactics
MS II - Sophomore (Fall & Spring semesters: 2 credits each)
The second year is an expansion of the topics taught in the first year of the program, with a new focus on hands-on leadership opportunities. As with the freshmen year, these courses are open to all students without obligation (with the exception of scholarship and contracted cadets). Subjects covered:
- Written and Oral Communication
- Advanced Map Reading Skills
- Small Unit Tactics
- Battle Drills
- Practical Leadership Training
Leadership Training Course (LTC)
Cadets attend LTC if they have two years remaining in school before graduation, and did not take the first two years of ROTC (prior military service is also credit for the first two years of ROTC). Those who choose this option attend a paid four week summer course conducted at Fort Knox, KY. Cadets learn the same skills and fundamentals of military science and leadership they would have received in the first two years of ROTC in a more rapid, intense sequence. Cadets who complete LTC can be awarded 2-year scholarships, if eligible and funds are available. Students pursuing two-year graduate degrees are also eligible to attend LTC and contract with ROTC.
Advanced Courses (Military Obligation)
MS III - Junior (Fall & Spring semesters: 3 credits each)
The third year marks the beginning of the Advanced Course. While any student may take the first two years with no military obligation, third and fourth year cadets must sign a contract to serve as an officer following graduation. Cadets who enroll must have academic Junior, Senior, or graduate status with four semesters remaining. The subjects covered:
- Advanced Small Unit Tactics
- Advanced Land Navigation
- Advanced Practical Leadership Training
- Develop Students' Ability to Organize, Prepare, and Conduct Training
Leadership Development & Assessment Course (LDAC): Operation Warrior Forge
LDAC is a paid five week leadership course at Fort Lewis, WA held during the summer. All cadets attend this training between their Junior and Senior years. At LDAC cadets are evaluated on their performance and leadership abilities in a variety of tasks and positions. Cadets also participate in team obstacle courses, rappelling, water safety, cultural awareness, and patrol operations. Cadets must attend this course to earn an Army commission.
MS IV - Senior (Fall & Semesters: 3 credits each)
The final year of the ROTC Program is devoted to preparing Cadets to become successful Lieutenants in The Army upon graduation. Senior Cadets apply for their branch choice (career field) of interest in the fall and receive branching results the following semester. Cadets are assigned battalion staff positions and are responsible for evaluating and counseling underclass cadets. Subjects covered:
- Function and Relationship between Staff
- Written and Oral Communication
- Role and Responsibilities of Armed Forces in American Society
- Military Justice System/International Military Law
- Transition from Student to Officer