From the Professor of Military Science

Thank you for visiting the IUPUI ROTC website.

We have more than 100 cadets actively enrolled in this rich and impressive program, which teaches our students to affect others by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to those they lead. By mastering these skills, cadets graduate with the ability to empower others and bring people together to accomplish shared goals.

We develop character by teaching values, empathy, service, and discipline. We also help our cadets improve their presence—the way they carry themselves—through deliberate focus on resilience strategies, confidence, and fitness. Among other things, we strive to hone their intellect and acumen, exploring mental agility, judgement, innovation, and tact while simultaneously growing their expertise.

The Army’s leadership development program is arguably the best in the nation. Our program touches on counseling, coaching, and mentoring others. Graduates possess the ability to influence people, effectively perform, and capture and act upon important lessons. Individuals who participate in our curriculum will be better prepared to lead and succeed, no matter their chosen profession.

The program is open to all IUPUI students without obligation to join. Students represent all majors offered across the university, and those who complete the program earn a military science minor. The curriculum is taken as elective coursework in addition to courses required for their chosen major. Our program is not limited to IUPUI students, and we have partnerships with many universities located in Central Indiana.

Our cadets also participate in extracurricular activities and may be student athletes. We understand that the more involved students are in university offerings, the richer their college experiences become and the more likely they are to succeed. Program participants also develop strong friendships with other cadets, and members of our cadre are committed to helping each cadet achieve his or her potential.

We believe our program is second to none, and that there’s a place for you here. Won’t you join us?

Very respectfully,

LTC Tim LaBahn

IUPUI ROTC Atterbury Final 

Description of the video:

Lt. Col. Tim Labhn: This week is our semester leader development exercise here at camp Atterbury. It started off on Friday afternoon and the Indiana National Guard flew 30 of our cadets here in U60 BlackHawk helicopters. We repelled with the cadets off of the rappel tower here. We had the field leader reaction course which teaches teamwork, critical thinking, and one of the Army’s problem solving processes called “true bleeding procedures” which is basically how the cadets receive a mission and plan and execute their mission. We also taught basic rifle marksmanship at one of the rifle ranges here.

Marksman Leader: “These three out here, two. Ten times you got it.”

Cadet: “Alright, Thank you.”

Labhn: Yeah, This weekend is important because, what it is a practical exercise of everything that the cadets have learned up to this point in the year. Say, you’re a freshman in the military science one level. We’re really looking to help you figure out how you fit into the organization and to teach you some basic military skills. My seniors have learned up to this point things like the military decision making process, so how you’re given a mission but a little bit higher level and you plan an operation. They’ve learned about training army units in their academic classes. The seniors actually planned and are executing and commanding and controlling the whole exercise this weekend.

Cadet 1: “So you want me to move the rope down?”

Cadet 2: “Yea, down. like in between the board like this through building.”

Cadet 1: “It’s just not, it’s just too tight.”

Cadet 2: “No it isn’t”

Cadet 3: “You’re doing fine, you’re getting through it”

Labhn: I came to IUPUI this summer in July. I came after spending three years in Korea, and so far it has be very rewarding. I’m the, in addition to being in charge of the whole ROTC program, I’m the instructor for the seniors column and for the military science fourth year. There are very bright and motivated cadets here. I think it’s going to be interesting for the rest of the year to see them as they complete their development into army officers.