The basic ROTC shall be a one (1) year or two (2) semester program which consist of at least one hundred Twenty (120) training hours credited for six (6) units.

       As part of the ROTC Program likewise, students shall have the option to join extra-curricular activities such as Rifle and Pistol Team, Silent Drill Platoon, Drum and Buggle Corps, etc using the thirty (30) optional training hours per semester.

      Qualified AFP Reservist may be utilized as ROTC Tactical Officers and Instructor placing them on Active Duty Training (ADT). The AFP Regular Component, however, may as guest instructors.

       In lieu of the regular two (2) semester program for any of the NSTP component, a one ROTC Summer (30) days program may also be conducted.

       Only graduates of the Basic ROTC Program shall be qualified to enroll in the Advance ROTC Course.

       Each student enrolled in Basic ROTC shall provide for their own uniform. The prescribed uniform for the basic ROTC student shall be fatigue uniform with combat boots and bull cap. The cut/model of said uniform is patterned after the Battle Dress Attire (BDA).

       The ROTC Unit Commandant shall be required to submit Program of Expenditures (POE) of his unit per year broken down by semester to the school concerned for inclusion in the annual budget. Said POE shall be presented by the ROTC Commandant before a panel composed of representatives of the school concerned, if required.

       Expenditures shall be subjected to periodic audit to be conducted by the school. All ROTC Units Commandants are required to submit a report of utilization of the ROTC Fee to their respective Unit Commanders at the end of every semester.

      Records of enrollment and final rating of the ROTC Program shall be reflected accordingly in all scholastic records of the students.

      ROTC component graduates shall be incorporated into the AFP Reserve Force. AS such, they shall be given ranks, serial numbers and assigned to their Reserve Unit Mobilization Centers.

Enrollment Procedure

       Students who shall enroll in the ROTC Program shall be required to secure a certificate from a licensed physician that they are physically fit for training. They shall likewise be required to secure parental consent for students below eighteen (18) years old.

       Enrollment fee per semester shall be collected from each student exclusively for the maintenance for office and training expenses and to be managed by the school. One (1) semester of ROTC training shall be equivalent to three (3) units.

      Clustering and cross enrollment shall be allowed for the convenience of the students taking into account logistics, branch of service and geographical considerations. It will be managed by the school that has the preponderance of the students.

       The minimum number of enrollees in ROTC program is 350 male and female students. Schools with lower than 350 enrollees may coordinate with the nearest ROTC activated units for the accommodation of the cross enrollees.

Conduct of Course

       ROTC training shall be conducted once a week, four (4) hours per week for 15 consecutive weekends for two (2) semesters.

       The first semester ROTC shall be called Military Science (MS) 1, while the second semester shall be Military Science (MS) 2 wherein the former is a prerequisite of the latter.

      The POI for the ROTC component includes lectures, field works and practical exercises focusing on the organization of the AFP, basic military principles and theories, customs and traditions in the military service, human rights, disaster relief operations, basic survival, anti-/counter terrorism, defensive techniques, team building, weapons familiarization, drills and ceremonies, among others.

       The ammunition requirements for weapons training of ROTC Units in the government schools shall be supported by the AFP while private schools shall include the ammunition requirements in the program of expenditures.

Declination of Function

       The ROTC Commandants is a Department Head or member of the faculty of the school. As such, the school may extend to him the normal privileges and sanctions due to a faculty member of the Department Head. He shall be subjected to evaluation of his performance by the school authority in the same frequency as other Department Heads. Upon relief, his performance shall also be evaluated.

       ROTC Commandants shall submit final grades to the school Registrar in the form prescribed by the school not later that fifteen (15) days after the end of the semester. Further, the school Registrar and the Commandant shall be the designated signatories to the ROTC Completion Certificates.

      Major ROTC related cases shall be investigated by Major Service Command Provost Marshall or Inspector General.



       The Secretary of National Defense through the Chief of Staff, AFP shall create monitoring/inspection teams which shall conduct inspections and/or monitoring the ROTC program of implementation.

       Major Service Commanders are responsible to the Chief of Staff, AFP for the strict implementation of the ROTC Program.

      Major Service tens shall submit initial reports on the progress of the implementation to this Hqs (Attn: DCSRRA, J10) NLT 15 days after the Opening of the Course, subsequent reports will be on-the-need basis.

     The ROTC Commandant and ROTCU personnel are in the front line in the development of the AFP Reserve Force, hence their actions reflect in whole on the AFP. Therefore, they should conduct themselves professionally in order to maintain the goodwill, credibility and honor that have been painstakingly gained in other fields of endeavor including the battle front.

Course Description

       ROTC is a two (2) semester program. A module common for all the branches of service shall be offered during the first semester while the peculiar module shall be given during the second semester.

       Students shall be given education on the basic knowledge of the military profession through lectures and practical exercises.

Course Objectives

       To indoctrinate, train and provide the ROTC Cadets/Cadettes with the basic knowledge on military subjects and practical exercises that will enable them to acquire skills in order to Survive, Shoot and Signal.

Desired Learning Outcomes

       At the end of the course, the ROTC Cadet/Cadettes should be able to:

    1. Explain the legal basis of the NSTP, duties and responsibilities as a reservist, his/her expected role as citizen of the Republic of the Philippines, the threats to national security and the provision of human rights as embodied in the constitution.

    2. Discuss the organizational set-up and Chain of Command in the AFP.

    3. Enumerate the general description of the basic individual weapons and perform the field stripping to include care and maintenance and its operation.

    4. Learn the fundamentals of basic soldiery, explain and perform the various formations and immediate actions during movement techniques in combat.

    5. Learn the fundamentals of firing, types of firing positions and triangulation.

    6. Identify the different military radio communications and familiarize himself with prowords and counter signs.

    7. Learn the military customs and traditions, code of conduct of the profession and values of public servants as citizens of the Republic of the Philippines.

    8.  Learn the different pillars of CMO, its roles and significance including its roles in disaster and response and basic evacuation procedures. Learn the fundamentals and techniques on basic self-defense and basic life support.

    9. Be able to identify the measures to protect and improve on health.

    10. Learn the basic survival techniques in jungles and at sea.

    11. Be able to relate history with the present by the visit to military camps/bases. Museums and other historical sites.