Army ROTC  >  Life of a Cadet



War Department Bulletin Number 2, Dated 27 January 1919, established the Army Reserve Officers? Training Corps at Creighton University.  Under the direction of Major Corbett S. Hoffman, the University's first Professor of Military Science, 136 young men enrolled in the ROTC Program.   Members of the graduation class of 1922 were the first to receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants.  Since that year over 2,200 men and women have received their commissions at Creighton University. 

At the beginning of WW II, every male over 18 was drafted.  In 1942 the Army created the Army Special Training Program at Creighton.  All undergraduate men were required to take ROTC.  The government funded this training for the university.  Some students were called to active duty in as little as 6 months.  By the end of WWII, over 2000 Creighton students, faculty, and alumni were in uniform.  By the end of 1942, Creighton was down to about 200 traditional students.

The General Military Science Program of Instruction, introduced the Department of the Army in 1952, replaced Creighton?s Infantry Branch program and was integrated into the University?s curriculum during the school year of 1954.  In 1960 the ?academic substitution? curriculum was incorporated into the first year Basic ROTC Program.   ROTC was required for all males until 1969 when the administration approved it to become voluntary.

In 1982 the Creighton Bluejay Battalion was divided into 2 units.  The second unit became known as the Maverick Battalion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  This lasted until 1985 when the two units were again reunited forming the Blackwolves Battalion.  This name stems from the family coat of arms of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

The Army ROTC Building was dedicated in 1993 to Ensign John J. Parle, a 1942 graduate of Creighton who gave his life off the coast of Sicily.  Since then numerous Creighton Alumni have served in WWII, Vietnam, 1st Gulf War, Kosovo, and Iraqi Freedom defending our freedom and liberties. The  ROTC Program also has among its graduates several general officers, congressman and other government, business and professional leaders.

Since 1919 there have been 29 Army Officers who have served as the Professors of Military Science.  LTC Michael Vick is the current Professor of Military Science at Creighton University. 

Life of a Cadet

A cadet in Army ROTC can experience every aspect of a college life.  In Army ROTC a cadet will spend anywhere between five to ten hours of their week to Army training.  The rest of their time is up to them to fill with classes, studying and other college experiences.  Here is what a typical cadet will spend on Army ROTC training.

- Physical Fitness – Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:15 am to 7:30 am

- Leadership Lab – Tuesday from 6:15 am to 7:30 am

- Class – Time varies depending on the class.

  • Freshmen – 1 credit hour (1 hour 1 day a week)
  • Sophomores – 2 credit hours (2 hours 1 day a week)
  • Junior and Senior – 3 credit hours (1.5 hours twice a week)

- Once per semester we conduct an FTX (Field Training Exercise) and a Mass Lab.


Physical Fitness Training (PT) 

PT is conducted three times each week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) from 6:15 am to 7:30 am.  The focus of PT is to condition cadets to be physically fit and to achieve and maintain the physical standards the Army established for its soldiers.  Once each month we conduct the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).  Cadets are required to pass this test each month.   The test consists of two minutes of Push-ups, two minutes of Sit-ups, and a two mile run.  To pass the test, a cadet needs to score sixty points in each event.  You can look up the standards here.






New Army PT Mannual:  Army Physical Readiness Training TC 3-22.20 


Leadership Labs

In addition to ROTC’s MSL courses, cadets participate in Leadership Labs that take place every Tuesday morning during the semester. The cadet Leadership Lab provides an opportunity for students to participate in basic military training and greatly enhances their leadership abilities. The Leadership Lab challenges cadets to develop problem solving, team building, and decision-making skills required as an Army officer.   It is also a time where senior level cadets teach junior cadets and form mentorship bonds. Lab topics normally focus on Army tactical training, including subjects such as military customs and courtesies, land navigation, basic tactics, first aid, and communications.

Mass Lab

Mass Lab is an extension of the Tuesday morning labs.  There is one Mass Lab per semester (conducted on a Saturday), held outdoors.  Topics of mass lab focus on small unit tactics and Troop  Leading Procedures.




Field Training Exercise (FTX)

We conduct one FTX each semester.  They are weekend long events were cadet training focuses on a variety of topics. 

Fall FTX – The Fall FTX is conducted at Camp Dodge, IA.  The training focus is on weapons qualification, land navigation (day and night), rappelling, and field leadership reaction courses. 






Spring FTX – The Spring FTX is conducted at Camp Ashland, NE.  Training focus in the spring is primarily on small unit tactics and patrolling.  We conduct our Spring FTX in conjunction with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln’s Army ROTC Program.  One of the advantages of this FTX is the incorporation of cadets from both universities into squad size units.

Extracurricular Activities

Color Guard

The Color Guard is an important part of the ROTC program. It has a long and distinguished history and is respected throughout Omaha, Nebraska. The Color Guard participates in a variety of events from CU basketball games to private ceremonies for large organizations and companies





Ranger Challenge Team

The Ranger Challenge Team competes against other ROTC programs through out the Midwest. In addition to a written examination where Cadets test their Army knowledge, there are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Battalions leave a Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.



Pershing Rifles 

“The purpose of the National Society of Pershing Rifles is to develop, to the highest degree possible, outstanding traits of leadership, military science, military bearing, and discipline within the framework of a military oriented, honorary fraternity."

The National Society of Pershing Rifles has adopted as its mission the following four interrelated objectives: 
A.    To aid in the development of successful officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. 
B.    To foster camaraderie and esprit de corps among all three Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs. 
C.    To further the purpose, traditions, and concepts of the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force. 
D.    To give civilians an opportunity to be part of a military organization without a formal commitment to the military.

Adventure Training

Each of the schools listed below are official Army Schools and the cadets (upon completion) are allowed to wear the respective badges for those schools on their uniforms.  We have limited amount of slots to each school every year, so cadets have to compete for the honor of attending the school.  To be competitive for a slot, the cadet has to have one of the highest Grade Point Averages in their respective class, have a passing APFT (the higher the better), and demonstrate leadership potential to their instructor.

Airborne School

This is a three week school conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. At Airborne school, soldiers will train along side Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from Air Force aircraft (C130 and C141). Upon completion of the course, soldiers will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified! This course is extremely safe and boosts the confidence of all who have the opportunity to attend.

Air Assault School

Air Assault School is held at Ft. Benning.  Soldiers and cadets are trained on the types of missions performed by rotary wing aircraft, aircraft safety, aero-medical evacuation procedures, pathfinder operations, principles and techniques of combat assaults, rappelling techniques, and slingload operations.



Mountain Warfare

The Mountain Warfare School is held atthe Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, VT.  Cadets who attend this course will be instructed on how to conduct military operations in a mountainous environment.  

Northern Warfare

The Northern Warfare School is conducted during the winter months at Ft. Wainwright, AK.  The school teaches cadets to survive and conduct military operations in a northern environment. 


Cadet Troop Leader Training provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in Lieutenant level leadership positions in active duty units. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located in the States and overseas. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided lodging and meals. This program is exclusively designed for MSIII Cadets after completion of LDAC.

NSTP (Nurse Summer Training Program)

Nursing students who are also Army ROTC Cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience. The paid, three-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns Cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany. 

The program introduces you to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer.  Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps Officer, you will obtain hands-on experience. Your one-on-one clinical experience will allow you to hone your clinical skills, develop your problem-solving techniques and become comfortable with developing your professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team. 

Language Training (CULP - Cultural Understanding and Language Program)

The outcome of CULP is the Commissioning of officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required in support of global operations.  The benefits of the program are:

 Bonus Pay for learning specific languages  (See Below) 

$250.00 per Carnegie Credit Hour semester equivalent, regardless of the actual level of the course.


Languages Supported by CULP

Arabic (all dialects)

Indonesian (all dialects)

Pashto (and other Afghan languages and dialects)

Tagalog (and other languages and dialects of the Philippines)

Chinese (all dialects)


Persian (all dialects including Dari)

Turkish and Kurdish (and the Turkic languages of Central Asia, such as Turkmen, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, and Kazakh)

Hausa (including Igbo, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, and Yoruba, but not including Afrikaans)


Portuguese (all dialects)

Urdu and Hindi (and other South Asian languages and dialects, such as Burmese, Telegu, Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi)

Hebrew (Modern only)

Malay (all languages and dialects of the country)

Slavic Languages (all) and the languages of the Caucasus Region

Vietnamese (and other Southeast Asian languages, such as Laotian, Khmer, and Thai)

Overseas Culture and Language  Immersion Internship 

The intent of this program is to provide Cadets overseas culture and language immersion opportunities through military to military engagements and/or humanitarian service projects as well as visits to historically significant sites and serendipitous culture immersion opportunities. 


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