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The Overview

The Program

The focus of this program is to recruit, develop, and commission college-educated men and women to serve as officers in the United States Army. Participants in the program are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the Army upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree. They will serve in either the active Army or in the Reserve component (Army Reserves or Army National Guard) after commissioning.

The program is centered on teaching the principles of leadership, attributes, and competencies of Army leaders. These principles apply to positions in the military or in civilian careers. All courses of instruction develop managerial management skills as well as enhance the self-confidence, and initiative of each student. Military Science is a minor with an addition to the required courses for each student’s major. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a four-year program that is divided into two phases: the basic course and the advanced course whereas Military Science is the courses required to complete the ROTC program.




    After completing ROTC, 2nd Lieutenants will have demonstrated proficiency in six areas: 1) Live Honorably and Build Trust; 2) Develop, Lead, and Inspire; 3) Demonstrate Intellectual, Military, and Physical Competence; 4) Think Critically and Creatively; 5) Make Sound and Timely Decisions; 6) Communicate and Interact Effectively, and Pursue Excellence and Continue to Grow.

    The student will graduate with a bachelor’s degree, commission as a Second Lieutenant into the United States Army and commit to serving eight years. The eight years will either be four years in the Active Army and four years in the Individual Ready Reserve or six years in the National Guard/Army Reserve and two years in the Individual Ready Reserve.


    The Basic Course

    The focus for these lower division courses (MSL 100/200 courses) is to lay a foundation for more advanced instruction in the skills needed to be a successful leader. Students may participate, even if they do not plan on receiving a commission, to gain experience in leadership and management.

    This phase is open to all qualified students (generally freshmen and sophomores). Students should be aware that physical training is required for successful course completion. There is no military obligation for participation in the basic course unless a student is receiving an Army ROTC scholarship.


    The Advanced Course

    The advanced course (MSL 300/400 level courses) is oriented to preparing students (juniors and seniors) who have successfully completed the basic course requirements with the skills and knowledge necessary to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. The focus of the advanced course continues building leadership skills and abilities. Students participating in the advanced course have a contractual obligation to complete the program and enter the Army upon graduation.

    Students must have a minimum of four semesters remaining in their course work before graduation to participate in the advanced course and they must be in a full-time status (12 credit hours per semester, including ROTC) during each of those semesters.

    Entry into the Advanced Course

    Credit for the basic course for entry into the advanced course may be achieved in several ways. The normal progression is to successfully complete all four basic course military science classes (MSL 101, 102, 201 and 202) with a 3.0 GPA average or better. Students can also enter the course laterally by receiving credit for one of the following:

    Prior enlisted service in the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines

    Participation of a minimum of three years in a JROTC program


    Advanced Camp

    Students participating in the advanced course will be required to attend the Advanced Camp which is conducted annually at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This camp is normally attended during the summer between a student's junior and senior year. It is a 30-day event that provides the best possible professional training, development and assessment for all students participating in ROTC before commissioning. The course mission includes continued military training, but the primary focus is to assess each cadet’s leadership development and provide feedback to enable continued growth through the Senior year. This course represents the only opportunity in ROTC to gather all qualified students from the 275 colleges and universities across the nation on one level playing field for the purposes of making those assessments. Successful completion of Advanced Camp is mandatory for commissioning.


    Scholarship Information

    The Army ROTC Scholarship program provides merit-based financial assistance for the education and training of highly motivated men and women who desire to pursue careers as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army after graduation with a bachelor’s degree. Four-, three- and two-year scholarships are available to qualified candidates.

    All Army ROTC scholarships pay full tuition and mandatory fees, $1200 annual book allowance, and provides the student with a monthly, tax-free stipend of between $300 and $500 per month for up to ten months per year (depending on academic status). For more information pertaining to scholarships and enrollment eligibility please contact Mr. Don Caughey at (719) 255-3475 or

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