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a. Each cadet will keep his/her instructor, the Human Resource Administrator, and the cadet chain of command informed of his/her current address, telephone number, email address or other means of being contacted to include summer contact information.
b. Instructors will counsel cadets each quarter/semester concerning their academic progress and individual performance. Cadets are encouraged to visit their instructors anytime to discuss problems or to seek information.
c. Cadets are expected to provide any requested administrative document or information promptly.
d. Disenrollment from ROTC can result when a cadet no longer meets ROTC enrollment criteria. Poor academic or ROTC performance, being overweight, inaptitude for military service, poor attendance in class or training, or disciplinary problems are possible causes.Before disenrollment a cadet will be warned of his/her questionable standing and remedial measures will be discussed. Formal probation and disenrollment notices will be issued in writing.
e.Property accountability is critical. A cadet is issued uniforms, books, and other equipment belonging to the ROTC battalion. Cadets may be required to pay for lost or damaged equipment and supplies. Nonpayment could result in the withholding of all school grades or other administrative measures.
f.Each cadet will visit unit supply and clear all supply records with the Supply Technician at the end of their participation in ROTC. All issued uniforms, books, or other equipment will be accounted for before commissioning, or before departing on a leave of absence.
a. Regular classroom attendance or prearranged make-up of missed class instruction is expected of all cadets. Punctuality, attentiveness, prior preparation, and active participation are each student's responsibility. Learning is not a passive endeavor.
b. Participation in Leadership Laboratories is required of all contracted cadets.
c. Cadets also participate in a Physical Training (PT) Program. This program is mandatory for all cadets.
d. Two FTXs per year are conducted. Participation in these intensive field training exercises is mandatory. You learn to lead only by doing.
e. The Dining-In or Military Ball is the major military social event.All cadets attend the Dining In/Military Ball as part of their military heritage development.
f. Upon written request to their unit, SMP cadets can be excused from annual training during the year they are required to attend ROTC LDAC. They are not required to attend both, unless they choose to do so, but they must attend Warrior Forge.
Use the chain of command for information flow and to solve training problems.
h.Just as commissioned officers are responsible for their own professional development, ROTC cadets are responsible for their own level of training performance.The cadre are here to assist cadets with professional development.The cadets need to use that assistance.
3. Standards of conduct and the open door policy
a.Every aspect of a cadet’s behavior should reflect that behavior expected of a commissioned officer.
b.Cadets are expected to possess absolute integrity in all of their actions.Cases of questionable integrity must be investigated and may result in dismissal from the ROTC program.
c.All contracted cadets are committed to the government to qualify and perform duties of a commissioned officer.Therefore, high moral and personal conduct standards are expected.Violations of the law or personal arrests must be reported to the PMS within 24 hours of the event.
d.The PMS has an open door policy that is posted on the admin board with other policy letters.If you wish to make an appointment, schedule it with the secretary (Ms. Collins).It is important to use the cadet chain of command to solve problems among the cadets.The cadre open door policy is generally used for personal and professional counseling.The cadre chain of command begins with your instructor.
4. Leadership and leadership laboratory
a.Military leadership is the art of influencing individuals in such a manner as to accomplish the mission.All cadets are given opportunities to practice leadership.Cadets are expected to discharge their leadership responsibilities and appointed duties through study and practical exercise, constantly striving to improve.Proper preparation and rehearsing will assist in the successful performance of your appointed duties.
b.Leadership laboratory is conducted weekly and is required by all contracted cadets and all MSII cadets. All non-contracted cadets are invited to attend, but attendance is voluntary.
c.MSIV and Cadre will write blue cards for performance during leadership labs by MSIII cadets.
d.Important manuals that will aid in the success of leadership labs are FM 3-21.5 (Drill and Ceremonies), FM 21-20 (Army Fitness Manual), FM 7-8 (Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad) and FM 7-21.13 (The Soldier’s Guide).These can be found online http://usmilitary.about.com/od/armymanuals/
5. Attendance Policy
a.All cadets will make every effort to attend each regularly scheduled class, physical fitness training session, leadership labs, field training exercises, and any other departmental functions.
b.It is the cadet’s responsibility to inform his/her instructor and the cadet chain of command if unable to attend any class, physical fitness training session, leadership lab, field training exercise, or any other departmental function.
c.All completion cadets will take an APFT monthly during the scheduled APFT times.
d.All MSIII classes are required to attend leadership labs and FTX.
e.Each unexcused absence will result in making up the missed event as determined by the MSIV Company Commander or other corrective training deemed appropriate by the Cadre and Cadet Leadership
f.After two unexcused absences, the cadet will receive a written counseling from his/her instructor.This counseling will include a warning of the possible consequences of any additional absences.g.Any further unexcused absences will result in the cadet providing “written explanation: as the reasons for the absences.The PMS will review the situation, and provide written record in the cadet’s file.
h.Cadets need to be aware that if it becomes necessary to refer the matter to a Disenrollment Board, the cadet can be found to be in willful violation of the contract and could have to pay back all money received.It is also part of the contract that the cadet could be enlisted into the Army as a form repayment.
6. Academic performance is the number one priority of the battalion
a.Contracted cadets must be enrolled as a full time student and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and at least a 2.0 average grade point for each semester.Accumulative GPA is also important to the selection of leadership roles, awards, Distinguished Military Graduates, accessions, commissioning, and selection of active duty.Failure to be enrolled as a full time student is a failure to meet ROTC requirements.Cadets must notify the Administrative Section of the battalion prior to withdrawing from ANY course or any desired academic major changes.The PMS MUST approve ALL academic major changes.
b.There is a computer lab with study area set up for cadet use.The PMS and cadre urge all cadets to use it.First priority of use within the computer lab is ESTP completion.
c.All students are required by the university to file an undergraduate degree program no later than the first semester of their junior academic year.This program must be approved by the PMS or designated representative to ensure all required military science and professional development courses are completed.Cadets are encouraged to seek cadre counsel and guidance in preparing an academic schedule.Cadets need to be aware that requirements may change and those new requirements must be met as well.
d.All cadets will monitor their grades and have instructors provide a progress report each semester at mid-term.This progress report is done by the cadet and turned in to the cadet’s instructor.If a cadet is in grade trouble, are to help the cadet achieve academic excellence.
e.If a cadet is placed on academic probation, that is if he/she fails any course or has a GPA lower than 2.0, the cadet is not allowed to perform in any extracurricular activities (i.e. Ranger Challenge) or events (i.e. Color Guard) except those mandatory by the department or PMS.Grades and academic success are the first priority.
7. Security of sensitive items
a.Weapons and equipment security is everyone’s business.
b.Weapons/sensitive items will always have a guard when not in the arms room.
c.Weapons/sensitive items will be recorded and periodically inspected by the cadet leadership.The leadership will report the results of these inspections to the cadre.
d.Each cadet will memorize his/her weapons serial number.
8. Weapons maintenance
a.The only authorized cleaning items/methods for weapons are CLP (break free), WD 40, rifle bore cleaner, LSA, LWA, and carburetor cleaner.NEVER use pine oil.
b.While breaking down the weapons to clean, never break down the trigger mechanism or break it down farther than the first level of maintenance indicated in the manual.
c.Maintain the weapon daily while in the field.
d.Upon receipt of weapon from arms room, clear it, place it on “safe”, and inspect for rust.Use a light coat of oil.
e.Weapons will be cleaned prior to turn in after all events.Weapons borrowed from National Guard units will need to be cleaned and inspected prior to return.
a. As in all professions, the Army Officer Corps observes certain social customs. Cadets are required to attend social functions steeped in tradition as part of pre-commissioning training. They are enjoyable learning experiences and foster camaraderie.
b.The Military Ball is mandatory for cadets and part of all cadets' class participation grade. Guests (dates) are encouraged and most welcome. University officials and distinguished ROTC Alumni also often attend. The ball is generally held at a local hotel, officers' club, on campus.
c.Informal barbecues and other parties are held at various times during the year and are open to all cadets and their guests.
10.Extracurricular Activities sponsored by the department
a.The Sydnor’s Ranger Club is a University recognized club whose membership is open to all students who maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better.The club emphasizes physical fitness and provides tactical training in the areas of patrolling and weaponry.The club members plan and conduct weekend FTXs at local training areas and Army Installations.Those members who meet the team requirements can participate in the competition with other schools in October.These members may receive ribbons and the Ranger Challenge Tab.
b.Color Guard is assembled for presenting our nation’s, state’s, and university’s colors.Participation in Color Guard adds to the students’ accession points, and the members are allowed to wear the white cord on the dress uniform.There are only 5 members on the Color Guard, however there are several occasions that need them:the Military Ball, Dining-In, Commissioning Ceremonies, and sporting events. All cadets participate in color guard.The cadet S5 in coordination with the Senior Military Instructor develop a roster for participation.
c.Scabbard and Blade’s primary purpose is to raise the standard of military education in American colleges and universities.Cadets must apply for membership and go through a “pledging process” of learning the customs and traditions of the club and demonstrate leadership skills through a community service project.There is a one-time membership fee.
d.Recruitment is a primary concern of the ROTC program.Cadets are urged to recruit for the program.The best influencers on campus are cadets in the program who are motivated and set good examples.Cadets who bring others to join the program are awarded incentives.