Lateral Entry Option

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Alternate Entry Option


  • Available to juniors, requires 2 years left until graduation
  • Cadet progression is MSIII (Junior), Leader’s Training Course (LTC), MSIV (Senior), Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), commissioning
  • Cannot accelerate your advance courses or attend LTC and LDAC during the same year
  • Not eligible for scholarships

Placement Credit


Use experience as placement credit for the Army Basic Course (MSI and MSII)

Previous Training Credit
Active or Reserve Component service as an enlisted person or warrant officer in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard:
Army basic training or equivalent in (including USMC PLC) other Services
Attendance at a service academy (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marine)
1 year MSI
Senior ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force) training
Junior ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps) or NDCC training
1 year None
2 years Not to exceed MSI
3 or 4 years MSI minimum; MSII maximum


Accelerated Cadet Commisioning Program


  • Available to juniors and sophomores
  • Cadet progression is ACCT Training, MSIII (Junior), Leader Development and Assessment Course, MSIV (Senior), commissioning
  • Available to highly qualified persons
  • For those who cannot get an allocation for the Leader’s Training Course or miss it
  • Eligible for scholarship
  • Formal training taught by cadre and experienced MSIV cadets. ACCT Cadets are assigned a MSIV mentor to speed an facilitate integration
  • Eight critical training topics:
    • The structure and functioning of the ROTC battalion
    • Introduction to the Leader Development Program
    • Basic ethics, values, and treatment of other expectations
    • Army customs and courtesies
    • Wear of the uniform
    • Fundamentals of map reading and compass
    • Drill and ceremonies
    • Physical fitness training

Alignment Option Program


  • Can accelerate basic course in first year
  • Take junior army courses during second year
  • Attend LDAC before your junior year; may be delayed to after MSIV (Senior) year to facilitate graduation in four years


Blue to Green


Air Force and Navy Cadets may cross-commission into the Army upon release from Air Force and Navy under ongoing force shaping initiatives


Transfer Cadets: Air Force and Navy Cadets may be discharged upon acceptance into the Army program. Must meet all requirements and sign a contract prior to the start of their MSIV (Senior) year. All transfer cadets must attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)