Cadet Officer Candidate Course

BECOME A CADET OFFICER – TAKE THE ADVANCED COURSE. If you want to further develop and apply your leadership and management skills, you can volunteer for the Cadet Officers’ Candidate Course (COCC). Upon graduation from the COCC program, you will receive a cadet commission as Cadet Second Lieutenant (C2LT) and take positions of leadership in the UP Corps of Cadets.

The Advance Course covers Mil Sci 3 (a summer camp training), Mil Sci 31, 32, 41 and 42. The cadet officer’s life includes a structured regimen of physical fitness, military science and tactics, leadership development, academics, martial arts, water skills training and management of the UP Corps of Cadets. Graduates of the Advanced Course become members of the U.P. Vanguard, Incorporated, the UP ROTC alumni association founded in 1922.


As a cadet officer, you can qualify for:

  • Cadet Officer Tuition Fee Grant per semester from the University:
    • 75% tuition fee discount for Mil Sci 31 & 32;
    • 100% tuition fee discount for Mil Sci 41 & 42.
  • UP Vanguard Scholarship. Benefits ranging from P2,500 to P12,000 per semester.
  • Phil. Army Scholarship for Advanced ROTC Cadets. Benefits ranging from P8,000-P12,000 per year.

Furthermore, cadet officers are also eligible to use the Cadet Barracks and Cadet Library. The Cadet Library is part of the UP Library System and offers an extensive collection of military literature and multiple computers with Internet access.

Program of Instructions

Cadet Officer Candidate Course

This POI covers subjects for the Cadet Officer Candidate Course (COCC) to be taken by aspiring cadets during the regular semesters. The course is divided into 2 phases, the academic and on-the-job phase. The COCC for the first semester of the academic year includes the NSTP Common Module while the COCC for the second semesters do not.

Academic PhaseNSTP Common Module7
 ROTC Module76
On-the-Job Training Phase 20
NSTP Common Module  
NSTP Common ModuleLegal Bases of NSTP; Citizenship and Nationalism; Gender and Sexuality Development; Understanding Self and Others; Philippine Society and Culture;  Environmental Protection and Management; Human Dignity and Rights; Philippine National Concerns; Service to the Nation and the People3.0
First AidIntroduction to First Aid, Assessment, Bandaging and Tourniquet, First Aid for Fractures, Burns, Bites, and Stings, Emergency Rescue and Transfer4.0
ROTC Module  
Military OrganizationLevels of Command, Organization and Functions of AFP, Chain of Command1.0
Philippine Military HistoryHistory of the Armed Forces of the Philippines1.0
Military LeadershipDefinition of Terms, Factors of Leadership, Principles of Leadership, Qualities of a Leader1.0
Military CorrespondenceDefinition of Terms, Methods of Communication, Types of Correspondence1.0
Military Customs and TraditionsDefinition and Terms, Different Military Customs and Traditions, AFP Core Values1.0
Map Reading and Land NavigationMarginal Information, Terrain Features on a Map, Determining a location, Map Orientation, Determining, Grid Coordinates, Determining Elevation, Determining Azimuth, Determining Distance Methods of Locating a Point4.0
Military IntelligenceDefinition of Terms, Basic Report Writing (SALUTE and EEIs)1.0
Interior Guard DutyDefinition of terms, Sequence of formal or informal guard mounting, 11 General Orders1.0
Weapons TrainingGun Safety Principles, History and Nomenclature, Assembly and Disassembly of both M16 and M14 Rifles, Pistol, Cycles of Operations1.0
MarksmanshipFundamentals of Marksmanship, Dominant Eye, Triangulation Exercise, Sight Picture, Dry Firing, Firing Range SOPs3.0
Signal CommunicationMeans of communication, Military prowords, NATO Phonetic Alphabet, Morse Code, Light, sound, and arm and hand signal, RATELO2.0
Methods of InstructionFundamental Teaching Techniques, Stages of Military Instruction, Training Aid, Instructional Packages2.0
Individual Movement TechniquesDifferent Types of Crawls, Rush and Drop, Methods of Travel1.0
Infantry Rifle SquadSquad Formations, Squad Movements1.0
Small Unit TacticsPatrolling, Immediate Action Drill (Ambush, Compromise, Break, Raid), Close Quarter Battle5.0
Survival, Escape, Resistance, and EvasionPrisoner of War, Escape and Evasion Techniques, Interrogation Resistance1.0
Camouflage, Cover and ConcealmentCamouflage, Cover, Concealment1.0
Drill and CeremoniesDefinition of Terms, Commands and Command Voice, Individual Drill, Platoon Drill, Company Drill, Parade and Review, Colors5.0
Plans and OrdersTroop Leading Procedures, Military Decision-Making Process,1.0
Map Overlay TechniquesMap Overlay, Military Symbols4.0
ExamsWritten Exam and Graded Practical Exercises5.0
Cadet Officer DevelopmentUnity, Military Secrecy, Honor Code, Commitment, COC’s Creed, Loyalty, Military Discipline, Military Professionalism, Humility, If, Don’t Quit, Invictus, Desiderata, Are you Quitting?, Rifleman’s Prayer5.0
Camp Visit20
Field Training Exercise 7.0
Off – POI  
Physical TrainingArmy PRT10.0
Physical Fitness Test2 minutes push-ups 2 minutes sit-ups 2-mile run2.0
On-the-job Training Phase 20