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Armed Forces Services

LTC. Mitchell K. Day, Commander, Army ROTC
LtCol. Neil E. Anderson, Commander, Air Force ROTC

Army ROTC, Department of Military Science
Air Force ROTC, Department of Aerospace Studies

It has been the consistent policy of the university in cooperation with the federal government to make courses in military science and aerospace studies available on a voluntary basis to all qualified students.

Academic credits for Army and Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) are applied toward baccalaureate and graduate degrees in varying amounts depending upon the degree plan of the student and as determined by the college concerned.

Army ROTC

Department of Military Science
207 Wyoming Hall
Phone: (307) 766-3390 FAX: (307) 766-3383
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/armyrotc/

Professor

MITCH K. DAY, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Military Police; B.S. Western Oregon State College 1992; M.S. 1993; Professor of Military Science 2011.

Assistant Professors

BRYAN K. HULIN, Captain, U.S. Army, Special Forces; B.A. Virginia Tech 1996; M.S. University of Wyoming 2001; Assistant Professor of Military Science 2008.

Lecturers

JAMES SHACKELFORD, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Field Artillery; Military Science Instructor 2012.
SCOTT STEIERT, Master Sergeant, Senior, U.S. Army; Military Science Instructor 2012. 

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 School, 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 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 8 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 1 hour of either ARMY 1020 or ARMY 3011 and 4 electives offered from within the Department of Military Science.

The core curriculum is:

ARMY 3010, 3020, 3025 or 3026, 3030, 4010, 4015, 4016, 4020, 4025 or 4026, and HIST 2020

The electives offered are:

ARMY 2060, 3050, 3060, 3070, 4050, 4975

The military science minor, encompassing 27 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.

Special Scholarship Program

Two-, three-, and four-year scholarships are offered by Army ROTC. These scholarships pay full tuition, laboratory fees and a $1200 per year book fee. While on scholarship, the student receives up to $500.00 a month during the school year. In addition to active duty scholarships, Army ROTC offers scholarships to students wishing to join the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard upon commissioning. These reserve scholarships also pay full tuition, laboratory fees, book fees, and up to $500.00 a month. Graduate students and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the two- and three-year scholarships. These scholarships are awarded by the Professor of Military Science. Students do not have to be enrolled in ROTC to apply for these scholarships. Certain restrictions apply. High school juniors and seniors seeking a four-year scholarship should contact the Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC, Dept. 3167, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071. College students desiring a scholarship should contact the Professor of Military Science in 147 Wyoming Hall, (307) 766-3390.

Scholarships are offered to ROTC cadets from several military associations. The Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), Cowboy Battalion Alumni Association (CBAA), the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and First Command offer annual cash awards to ROTC cadets.

Room and board scholarships are available to students who enroll in Army ROTC. Scholarship awards are based on merit and the student's potential to become a commissioned officer. The number of scholarships and dollar amount vary dependent on funds available. Room and board/room scholarships may only be used in UW residence halls or university apartments.

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 eight years of monthly training meetings and two years of inactive ready reserve (IRR). The active duty obligation is four years Active duty, and four years of inactive ready reserve (IRR).

Extracurricular Activities

Army ROTC offers a variety of activities which are designed to promote an interest in the military and provide relaxing, enjoyable leisure activities for cadets.

The Cowboy Battalion has its own Ranger Challenge team, which is a varsity-level team that competes with other universities in military skills such as orienteering and soldier skills. The battalion also has a cannon crew, mounted color guard, 10-miler team, Bataan Death March team, and participates in intramural sports.

The department periodically sponsors other activities such as rappelling demonstrations, ranger weekends, battlefield tours, leadership exercises and other adventure training, such as mountaineering, land navigation exercises, patrolling and wilderness survival.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

ARMY 1010

2

Lab (mandatory)

0

PEAC 1272 (voluntary)

.5

PEAC 1001

1

ARMY 3060 (voluntary)

1

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

ARMY 1020

2

Lab (voluntary)

0

PEAC 1272 (voluntary)

.5

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

ARMY 2010

2

Lab (mandatory)

0

PEAC 1272 (voluntary)

.5

ARMY 2060 (voluntary)

2

ARMY 3070 (voluntary)

2

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

ARMY 2020

2

Lab (mandatory)

0

HIST 2020 (mandatory)

3

PEAC 1272 (voluntary)

.5

Junior Year: Fall

Hours

ARMY 3010

3

Lab (mandatory)

0

PEAC 1272 (mandatory)

.5

ARMY 3025 (mandatory)

1

ARMY 3070 (voluntary)

2

Junior Year: Spring

Hours

ARMY 3020

3

Lab (mandatory)

0

PEAC 1272 (mandatory)

.5

ARMY 3026 (mandatory)

1

Senior Year: Fall

Hours

ARMY 4010

2

Lab (mandatory)

0

PEAC 1272 (mandatory)

.5

ARMY 3030

3

ARMY 4025 (mandatory)

1

ARMY 4015 (mandatory)

1

ARMY 4050 (voluntary)

2

ARMY 3070 (voluntary)

2

Senior Year: Spring

Hours

ARMY 4020

2

Lab (mandatory)

0

PEAC 1272 (mandatory)

.5

ARMY 4026 (mandatory)

1

ARMY 4016 (mandatory)

1

Military Science (ARMY) Courses

 

Air Force ROTC

Department of Aerospace Studies
110 Wyoming Hall
Phone: (307) 766-2338 FAX: (307) 766-2357
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/airROTC/

Professor

NEIL E. ANDERSON, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force; B.A. Arizona State University 1995; M.B.A. Webster University 2003; M.S. Air University 2009; Professor of Aerospace Studies 2012.

Assistant Professors

RICHARD L. BARNARD IV, 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, B.S. Florida State University 2009; Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies 2013.
CARISSA M. HOSTETLER, Captain, U.S. Air Force; B.S. Colorado State University 2008; Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies 2012.

The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) commissions, through a college campus program, career-oriented Second Lieutenants in response to Air Force active duty requirements.

The Department of the Air Force supervises the detachment on campus. Uniforms, AFROTC books, and the necessary Air Force equipment are furnished by the government. All university students, both male and female, are eligible to apply for admission into the program.

Air Force ROTC offers an Aerospace Studies minor. For the Aerospace Studies minor, the student must complete the core AFROTC program plus: 1) 3 credit hours in any Management (MGT) course in the current UW catalog and 3 credit hours in one Political Science (POLS) course listed below, or 2) 6 credit hours of Political Science courses listed below.

POLS 1200, 2200, 2290, 2300, 2310, 3220, 3270, 3300, 4230, 4240, 4250, 4290, 4300, 4330, 4340

The 24 credit hours required to accomplish the Aerospace Studies minor will effectively compliment many majors, provide a sound basis for future professional development, and increase the career opportunities of a UW graduate.

Four-Year Program

The four-year program is divided into two phases. The first two years comprise the General Military Course (GMC) consisting of one class period (1 hour) per week in the classroom and one class period (2 hours) per week in leadership laboratory. The GMC is a prerequisite for continuation in the Professional Officer Course (POC), the last two years in the program. Other prerequisites include passing the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), maintaining at least a minimum grade point average required by the university, having the physical qualifications for an Air Force commission, and participating in a four-week field training session. The advanced course consists of one class period (3 hours) per week in the classroom and one class period (2 hours) per week in leadership laboratory.

Three-Year Program

Students may enroll in ROTC on a three or three and one-half year program where the GMC component is shorter. To complete the GMC requirements, the student must simultaneously enroll in AIR 1000 and AIR 2000 courses to complete all four academic terms of the GMC program. After successfully completing the GMC program and Field Training, students may enter the two-year POC program. This program is especially suitable for sophomores and junior college transfers. Students that participated in high school Junior ROTC, or have prior-enlisted service, can apply documented participation toward a portion of the GMC requirement. 

Two-Year Program

Students with prior, honorable military service or that completed the GMC program at another school and transferred to UW may complete AFROTC on a two or two and one-half year program. These students should contact the Recruiting Flight Commander six months in advance of starting ROTC classes to complete the prerequisites, the admissions process, and compete for an enrollment allocation that is required to enter the POC. It is possible for students to pursue graduate studies and obtain a commission as long as the commission is attained by age 29 for students entering flight training or age 34 for non-flying students.

Leadership Laboratory

The concept of leadership laboratory is to provide leadership training experiences which will improve a cadet's ability to perform as a USAF officer. Leadership laboratory is largely cadet planned and directed.

Field Training Program

Field training is a four-week program conducted in residence at an Air Force base during the summer.  A six-week field training program is required for cadets who have not completed all GMC academic requirements.

While at field training, each cadet is provided subsistence, uniforms/equipment, and receives approximately $28.00/day plus reimbursement for travel to and from the field training base.

Financial Benefits

Freshmen and Sophomores on AFROTC scholarships receive $300 and $350, per month, respectively. Juniors enrolled in the Professional Officers Course receive $450 per month and seniors $500 per month tax-free during the school year for subsistence. Uniforms, required texts and all necessary Air Force equipment are furnished by the government. In addition, all POC and scholarship cadets are allowed to travel anywhere in the continental United States on military aircraft (on a space available basis).

Special Scholarship Program

Two-, three- and four-year scholarships are offered by AFROTC on a competitive basis. These scholarships pay for a $900 book allowance per year, tuition (amount dependent on type of scholarship awarded), fees and other required expenses except room and board. The university and the State of Wyoming offer room awards to Air Force ROTC cadets (who have or have not been awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship) and reside in university housing. High School seniors seeking a four-year scholarship should contact their high school counselors or the Recruiting Flight Commander, AFROTC Detachment 940, Dept. 3005, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071; telephone (307)766-3710; email at airforce.rotc@uwyo.edu, early in the fall of their senior year. Sophomore or transfer students interested in competing for a scholarship should contact the Recruiting Flight Commander before the fall semester prior to junior standing.

Scholarships are offered to ROTC cadets from several military associations. The Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), Cowboy Battalion Alumni Association (CBAA), the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and First Command offer annual cash awards to ROTC cadets.

Room and board scholarships are available to students who enroll in Army ROTC. Scholarship awards are based on merit and the student's potential to become a commissioned officer. The number of scholarships and dollar amount vary dependent on funds available. Room and board scholarships may only be used in UW residence halls or university apartments.

Military Obligation

Students enrolling in the first two years of the AFROTC Program (the General Military Course) are not obligated to military service of any kind, unless on an Air Force scholarship their sophomore year. Cadets accepting an AFROTC scholarship and those entering the Professional Officer Course become members of the inactive reserve of the United States Air Force. Upon being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force, graduates in non-flying career fields agree to serve four years on active duty; pilot candidates agree to serve on active duty for 10 years after completion of flight training; RPA, navigator, and air battle manager candidates agree to serve on active duty for six years after completion of their respective training.

Extracurricular Activities

To familiarize students with Air Force life and social customs, the AFROTC Program offers on a voluntary basis a wide range of extracurricular activities. Civil Air Patrol gives cadets an opportunity to experience flying first hand with a trained instructor pilot. The Arnold Air Society, a national professional honorary society, is a service organization active on campus. The color guard supports various university and local activities. Visits to Air Force bases across the nation provide insight into the function of Air Force operational units. Throughout the year, AFROTC teams participate in the university intramural sports program, while cadet-sponsored social events build the spirit of comradeship inherent in military life.

Aerospace Studies (AIR) Courses

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