Program Overview

The Military Science Program is designed to augment the college learning experience; identifying and developing future leaders is the cornerstone of our program, regardless of future military service.  Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) classes are college electives you can take for up to two years without incurring a military obligation.  Our program of instruction includes: leadership development, basic military skills, and adventure training.  The program is open to all students regardless of major.  Students at SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo State, Daemen,  D'Youville, Medaille, Hilbert and ECC can obtain a cross enrollment form from their respective college; have it signed by their registrar and submit it to the ROTC department at Canisius.   

Army ROTC Basic Course

The Army ROTC Basic Course generally takes place during a student's freshman and sophomore year in college.  The first year focuses on development of individual leadership skills and and introduces techniques that encourage students to become effective members of a team.  Additional emphasis is placed on values and organizational ethics.  The second year focuses on motivational techniques, organizational ethics, values, and counseling as part of team dynamics within military organizations.  In addition, while enrolled in the Basic Course students will gain "hands on" training in land navigation, military tactics (paint ball), rappelling, and physical training!

Leader's Training Course

The Leader's Training Course (LTC)  offers students, that have not participated in the Basic Course on campus, the opportunity to enter the Advance Course when they begin their junior year of college or first year of graduate school.  LTC is 30 days in length and is held at Fort Knox Kentucky during the summer (June-August).   LTC is designed to allow the student to not only to experience military training  but gain valuable insight into their ability to be an effective leader.  Cadets are challenged mentally, physically and emotionally, and successful completion; allows them to enter the Advance Course and work towards becoming  a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, Army Reserves or National Guard. 

Army ROTC Advanced Course

Students who enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course; in the beginning of their junior year(or first year of graduate school); incur a military obligation.  The Military Science III year focuses on the application of Military Leadership theory and includes Unit Organization and Tactical Operations; as well as prepares them to develop and present effective briefings and issue military operations orders.  Upon successful completion of a student's MS III year they attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course.  The senior year (MS IV) course focuses on staff organization and function, the Army's training management system, counseling methods, and leadership.  Cadets apply leadership training received to date as members of the Cadet Battalion Staff.

Leader Development and Assessment Course

Every Army ROTC cadet who enters the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, Washington.  The course is a four week summer program designed to evaluate and train all Army ROTC cadets.  This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college.

Nurse Program

If you're considering an undergraduate nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality.  Being a nurse in the Army provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world.  As an Army nurse and officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties.