ROTC is traditionally a four-year program consisting of a basic and an advanced program.
The basic program is usually taken in the freshman and sophomore years. The student incurs no military obligation. Students may discontinue the basic program at any time. It consists of four semesters of training and instruction on areas of national defense, land navigation, small-unit leadership, military history and leadership development. Uniform, necessary textbooks and equipment are furnished without cost to the student.
To be eligible for the basic program, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student at California University of Pennsylvania and not be a conscientious objector. Students who have taken Junior ROTC or have military experience (active duty, guard or reserves) may receive advanced placement credit for the basic program.