Basic Camp

Florida Army ROTC Cadets learn to conduct Land Navigation skills not only in the classroom, but by going through practical application training as well.

You'll learn about tactics, map reading, first aid, rappelling, rifle marksmanship, and a variety of other military skills. Basic Camp will enhance your leadership, communication, and problem solving skills. Students who complete Basic Camp will be eligible to enroll in the Army ROTC Advanced Course.

Basic Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Florida Army ROTC Cadets learn to conduct Land Navigation skills not only in the classroom but by going through practical application training as well.

The requirements for Basic Camp include:

  • US citizenship.
  • Aged between 17 and 27.
  • Medical and physical fitness.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and two full years of college remaining next fall.

You must also demonstrate the potential and desire to become an Army officer. Students who have prior military service do not attend Basic Camp.

College students like you from other universities nationwide. Typically, students who will be entering their junior year in the fall attend Basic Camp. All academic majors are eligible to attend Basic Camp while preparing for the Army ROTC Advanced Courses for the fall semester.

Basic Camp takes place at Fort Knox, Kentucky (south of Louisville). There are seven courses during the summer, each lasting four weeks. You can choose the course date that is best for you.


Virtually nothing. The Army ROTC will provide lodging, meals, uniforms, equipment, and travel. It is recommended that students bring $50–$75 for incidental expenses.


Yes, for the four weeks at Basic Camp, you will receive about $900 after taxes. You'll actually be paid to learn!


Yes. Qualified students who complete Basic Camp will be considered for a two-year Army ROTC scholarship. These scholarships pay 100% tuition and fees, a generous book allowance, and a monthly stipend. You are also eligible to join the Army Reserve or 'National Guard' with no requirement to complete Basic Training. You can collect additional financial benefits from these organizations.


If you decide to attend Basic Camp, you'll need to begin preparing soon. Our staff will assist you with everything, including administrative paperwork, a medical exam, travel reservations, and working with an Army ROTC instructor to ensure that you are properly oriented before leaving for Basic Camp.


The earlier you decide, the better your chances are of getting the program cycle of your choice, so that Basic Camp will fit neatly into your plans for the summer. If you need to take classes, work, or even an extended vacation, Basic Camp can fit into your summer plans.


Yes, you can attend Basic Camp as a graduate student. In fact, there are many other graduate level students that attend Basic Camp each summer. You would actually attend Basic Camp the summer before your graduate studies begin.