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The Department of Military Science - Army ROTC faculty is composed of U.S. Army officers and senior noncommissioned officers.  These officers hold bachelors' and masters' degrees in a variety of fields.  Noncommissioned officers hold associate degrees in a variety of fields.  Officers' military education includes completion of the Officer Basic Course and the Officer Advanced Course.  Several faculty are graduates of the Army's Command and General Staff College and have completed military specialty schools such as Flight School, Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Jumpmaster Course, Special Operations Training, and Language School.

General Information

Army ROTC is a program which offers qualified college students the opportunity to graduate as Commissioned Officers and serve tours in the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve.

The four-year program is divided into two parts called the basic course and the advanced course.  The basic course, consisting of 6 credit hours, is usually taken during the first two years of college.  No military obligation is incurred by enrolling in the basic course.

The advanced course, usually taken during the junior and senior years or during graduate school, involves 19 credit hours of study and a five-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course during the summer.  Advanced course students incur a military obligation, and they receive up to $500.00 per month in tax-free subsistence throughout the academic year.

Army ROTC is not itself a major.  Participants pursue the degree of their choice and take Army ROTC as an elective program.  Those who complete the program may receive federal commissions from the President of the United States.

Army ROTC offers a military science minor.  For the military science minor, the student must complete the core curriculum of 19 hours and 5 from Army ROTC electives offered from within the Department of Military Science.

The core curriculum is:

ARMY 3010, 3020, 3030, 4010, 4020, HIST 2020

One course from each of the following categories:

ARMY 1020 or 3011

ARMY 3025 or 3026

ARMY 4015, 4016, 4025, or 4026

The military science minor, encompassing 24 credit hours, will prepare selected students for commissioning and establish a sound basis for their future professional development.

To be eligible for a commission, U. S. citizens must meet prescribed physical, intellectual, and moral standards in addition to completing Army ROTC studies and successful completion of Professional Military Education (PME) courses.  These PME courses include written communication skills, military history, and computer literacy.  A two-year option is available for sophomore and junior students, students with prior military service (see below), and those completing a masters program.

In the Army ROTC classroom, the student is exposed to a wide variety of subjects designed to instill confidence, self-discipline, integrity, and responsibility.  Students gain an appreciation for the role of national defense and learn what a leader must be, know, and do in order to gain the respect and support of their subordinates.

Skills learned in Army ROTC, including resource management, leadership, and planning are valuable and complement any university major.  Young commissioned officers returning to civilian sectors after military service find an abundance of career opportunities.

Uniforms, Pay and Allowances

All uniforms, books, and other instructional materials required in Army ROTC are provided to basic and advance course students at no cost.  The cadet uniform is the same as the U.S. Army uniform except for the distinctive ROTC insignia.

Advanced course participants are paid a tax-free subsistence allowance of up to $500.00 per month during the school year.  During the summer training period students receive pay, travel, rations, quarters, clothing, and medical and dental services.

Two Year ROTC Program

The two-year program is designed for community college graduates and university students of sophomore or junior standing who did not take Army ROTC during the first two years of school.  The program may also apply to seniors and graduates who have at least two years remaining in post graduate study.

To enter the two-year program, students must first attend a paid 28-day internship during the summer or be a veteran who has graduated from advanced individual training.

Leadership Laboratory

Leadership laboratory provides instruction that complements the classroom.  This time provides practical application on subject matter taught in class. Leadership and management dynamics are inherent in this practical application.  All students enrolled in a military science course must enroll in the appropriate leadership laboratory unless consent is obtained from the Professor of Military Science.  Training includes land navigation, first aid, communications, basic rifle marksmanship, drill and ceremonies, decision making, squad movement, and problem solving.  This instruction is Cadet planned and presented with immediate instructor feedback.  The goals of this period are to instill self-confidence, self-discipline, and responsibility in each Cadet.

Land navigation skills are practiced in a variety of terrain locations near campus.  The training instills trust and confidence in the Cadet's ability to accurately plot and follow a compass course.  Communication, such as radio, telephone, and interpersonal skills, are taught and practiced. Marksmanship is taught in the Half-Acre rifle range and on other ranges, weather permitting.  Finally, drill and ceremonies teaches methods of organizing and moving groups of individuals in an orderly manner resulting in team building while establishing esprit de corps.

Veterans' Option

Veterans of active military service and members of the National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve may qualify to go directly into the advanced Army ROTC program if they will be an academic junior.  In these cases, basic training fulfills the requirement of the first two years of ROTC (Basic Course). Academic freshmen and sophomores are not required to take basic course classes but are highly encouraged to do so.  It is common for members of the National Guard to study to become commissioned officers via the ROTC program.  The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) is a formalized program for advanced course Guard members and Reservists to combine their unit training with ROTC training. In many cases the SMP program will result in increased financial benefit to the individual.

Military Obligation

There is no military obligation for taking the basic course, freshman and sophomore years.  When an individual starts the advanced course, he or she incurs an obligation.  The nature of that obligation depends upon whether the individual elects to serve in the National Guard, the Army Reserve, or the active Army, and whether the individual has an Army scholarship.  Those who desire Guard or Reserve duty may contract specifically for that purpose.    The Guard and Reserve obligation is six years of monthly training meetings and two years of Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR).  The active duty obligation is four years active duty, then two years in Guard/Reserve, and two years of IRR.

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