ROTC Requirements


Students who do not meet all of the above requirements should consult the Department of Military Science and Leadership to determine if waivers can be granted.

Students who will be unable to meet requirements or who have no intention of contracting (taking as electives) should be able to attend regardless of unmet requirements, or consult the Professor of Military Science (PMS).

ROTC Graduation Requirements

A candidate for junior and senior level ROTC (will finish the program and become a commissioned officer) training must:

Have a minimum of two years remaining at the University

US Citizenship is required to contract beyond the basic course, a minimum of a green card is required to enlist in the military

  1. Possess qualifications for becoming an effective Army officer
  2. Have satisfactorily completed the basic course, received a waiver, have satisfactorily completed the leadership course, or have served as an enlisted person in the active or reserve armed forces with an honorable discharge
  3. Have satisfactorily completed loyalty requirements
  4. Accept a commission if offered in either the active Army, Army Reserves, or National Guard
  5. Meet other requirements as determined by the departmental chair, current Army regulations, and University policies

A student who does not meet all of the above requirements should consult with the Department of Military Science and Leadership to determine whether waivers can be granted.

Basic Course Qualification Requirements A candidate for freshman and sophomore level ROTC training must:

  1. Be of good moral character
  2. Be physically able to participate in the program of instruction
  3. Meet other entrance requirements as determined by the departmental chair, current Army regulations, and University policies
    1. Gas Mask Hike

Program Requirements

  1. The traditional Army ROTC Leadership Excellence Program extends over a four-year period compatible with normal progression through four years of college. It consists of two phases
    1. A two-year basic course during the freshman and sophomore years
    2. An advanced course designed for completion during the normal junior and senior years.
    3. Also included is a 33-day advanced camp normally attended in the summer before the senior year. (Under some circumstances it can be attended in the summer at the end of the senior year). Students may receive academic credit for the first two years of ROTC by attending the basic camp in the summer before the start of their junior year. Such actions must be approved in advance.
  2. A two-year program is also offered enabling qualified students (prior service or placement credit or basic course) with 60 semester hours (academic junior) to complete all requirements for a U.S. Army commission in two years of college. Applicants for the two-year program may be upper-division or graduate students, provided a minimum of four semesters remain in school at the time of entry into the program. Students must complete a physical examination and other associated requirement during the year before contracting. Two-year students normally process for admission during he first month of the spring semester of the sophomore year and enter the program at the beginning of the junior year.
  3. Entering either the four-year or three-year program requires no military obligation until students sign their advanced course contract at the beginning of their junior year, unless they are an Army ROTC scholarship student. At that time they agree to enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve Control Group for a period of eight years; they are sworn into the reserve and begin to receive the monthly $350 subsistence allowance.
    1. Veterans who have had one or more year of military service may qualify for direct entry into the advanced course by receiving placement credit or the basic course form the professor of military science.  There is also a 3-year contracting option for prior service personnel.  To be eligible for this each soldier must have at least 27 credit hours earned and be able to show a class planner that graduation is possible in 6 semesters (not counting summers).  Please contact the military science department for more information on the prior service options.
  4. Students must be, or have applied to be, citizens of the United States. Non-U.S. citizens may apply for enrollment on case-by case basis but cannot be commissioned until they are U.S. citizens.
  5. To receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or Army National Guard, students must earn a baccalaureate degree and be commissioned before their 39th birthday (a waiver is required for those over 30 which are routinely granted). Waivers of age maybe approved by the Department of the Army under special circumstances.
    1. Those who are in a five-year academic program, such as engineering or nursing, may complete their Army ROTC courses at any point before graduation; however, it may still be possible for scholarship winners to receive an extension of benefits which would require enrollment in an Army ROTC (independent study etc.) class as well as taking at least 12 credit hours each semester of extension.
  6. Upon commissioning, the new second lieutenant is discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve Control Group and incurs an eight-year obligation to the U.S. Army, which may be filled by serving on Active Duty, in the U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), or various combinations or the above.
  7. Complete the following basic courses: MILS 1200, 1210, 2200, and 2210.
  8. Complete the following advanced courses: MILS 3200, 3210, Advance Camp, 4200, and 4210.
    • Two-year students should complete the 3000- and 4000- level courses.
    • Credit for the 1000- and 2000- level courses my be granted by completing the 28-day Leaders Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, beginning the June following the sophomore year or by being granted placement credit prior to service.  For those who absolutely cannot attend training at Fort Knox, there may be a possibility for accelerated training (ACCT).
    • Each course listed must enroll in the concurrent leadership laboratory.
    • Contracted cadets are required to take a military fitness class.
    • Professional Military Education (PME): Before being commissioned, each senior cadet must complete one history course in 
      • History: HIST 1700, 2700, 270H, 2710, 271H, 3460, PS 420R
    • Courses not specified above may satisfy the requirements by must be approved by the professor of military science.