Department of Military Science
Donald G. Malerk, Chairman
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) offers college students the opportunity to serve as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve upon graduation. ROTC enhances a student's education by providing unique leadership and management training, along with practical leadership experience. Students develop many of the qualities basic to success while earning a college degree and an officer's commission at the same time.
Four-Year Program. The four-year Army ROTC program is divided into two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.
Basic Course. The basic course is usually taken during the first two years of college and covers such subjects as management principles, national defense, military history, and leadership development. In addition, a variety of outside social and professional enrichment activities are available. All necessary ROTC textbooks, uniforms, and other essential materials for the basic course are furnished to students at no cost. After they have completed the basic course, students who have demonstrated the potential to become officers and who have met the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course.
Elective credit is granted for military science courses and the freshman and sophomore years (Basic Course) may be taken without incurring any military obligation. Compression of the Basic Course into two semesters may be arranged for those students who did not take military science courses during the freshman year.
Students enrolling in Basic Course classes must sign an oath of loyalty to the U.S. Constitution, as directed by the Congress of the United States, and will be required to complete enrollment forms specified by the Department of the Army.
Advanced Course. The Advanced Course is usually taken during the final two years of college. Instruction includes organization and management, tactics, ethics, professionalism, and further leadership development. All necessary textbooks and uniforms in the Advanced Course are furnished to students at no cost. During the summer between their junior and senior years of college, Advanced Course cadets attend Advanced Camp, a fully paid six-week leadership practicum. Advanced Camp gives cadets the chance to practice what they have learned in the classroom and introduces them to Army life in the field. Completion of the Advanced Course requires two years of study. Each cadet in the Advanced Course receives a subsistence allowance of up to $1,500 for each year of attendance.
Two-Year Program. The two-year program is for junior and community college graduates, students at four-year colleges who did not take ROTC during their first two years of school, and students entering a two-year postgraduate course of study. To enter the two-year program, students must attend a fully paid six-week Basic Camp, normally held during the summer between their sophomore and junior years of college. At Basic Camp, students learn to challenge themselves physically and mentally, and to build their confidence and self-respect. After they have successfully completed Basic Camp, students who meet all the necessary enrollment requirements may enroll in the Advanced Course.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance. Army ROTC scholarships are offered for four, three and two years and are awarded on a competitive basis to the most outstanding students who apply. Four-year scholarships are awarded to students who will be entering college as freshmen. Two and three-year scholarships are awarded to students already enrolled in college and to Army enlisted personnel on active duty. Additionally, students who attend the Basic Camp of the two-year program may compete for two-year scholarships while at camp. Each scholarship pays for college tuition and required educational fees and provides a specified amount for textbooks, supplies, and equipment. Each scholarship also includes a subsistence allowance of up to $1,500 for every year the scholarship is in effect. Special consideration for Army ROTC scholarships is given to students pursuing degrees in nursing, engineering, the physical sciences, and other technical areas. Additional room and board offset are available to deserving students. Students who receive scholarships are required to attain undergraduate degrees in the fields in which their scholarships were awarded.
Veterans. Veterans may apply their military experience as credit toward the ROTC Basic Course. If credit is granted, a veteran may omit the freshman and sophomore years of the program and enroll directly in the Advanced Course, when eligible.
Simultaneous Membership Program. This program allows students to be members of the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve and to enroll in Army ROTC at the same time.
U = for undergraduate credit only, UG = for undergraduate or graduate credit, G = for graduate credit. R after the credit indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R.
A total of 24 credits are allowed toward the bachelor degree for contracted students. A total of 6 credits are allowed toward the bachelor degree for non-contracted students.
U 101S American Defense Establishment 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. The Constitutional role of the military, military tradition, current defense posture, service roles and missions. An introduction to the military approach to the principles of leadership, with analysis of current leadership techniques.
U 102 Introduction to Military Science 3 cr. Offered spring. Instruction, demonstration, and practice in a variety of individual military skills, including land navigation, rappelling, mountaineering, and marksmanship with emphasis on maximum individual involvement.
U 104 Leadership Practicum 1-4 cr. (R-4) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr. Intensive six-week supervised study in applied leadership and management development in an organizational setting.
U 195 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-6) Offered autumn. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U 201 Military Skills 3 cr. Offered autumn. Demonstration and practice of individual military skills with emphasis on map utilization, communications, small unit formations, first aid, marksmanship, orienteering, and rappelling. Examination and practical application of the methods the military uses for individual and collective instruction.
U 202 Individual/Team Military Tactics 3 cr. Introduction to individual and team aspects of military tactics in small unit operations. Includes use of radio communications, making safety assessments, movement techniques, planning for team safety/security and methods of pre-execution checks. Practical exercises with upper-division ROTC students. Techniques for training others as an aspect of continued leadership development.
U 203 Training for Ranger Challenge 1-4 cr. (R-4) Offered autumn. Practical hands-on training in rappelling, rope bridge, land navigation, marksmanship, and physical conditioning. A team selected from this class will represent the University in competition against 19 other colleges and universities within 1st Brigade, 4th ROTC Region. Students may include up to but not more than four credits earned in the HHP 100-179 and DRAM 385 activity courses and MS 203 and 315 in the total number of credits required for graduation.
U 210 Land Navigation 2 cr. Offered spring. Hands-on approach to types of maps and their purposes, reading topographic maps, determining locations utilizing the military grid reference system and geographic coordinates, terrain feature identification, map symbols, determining elevation, finding direction and distance. Practical application of classroom presentations.
U 295 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-6) Offered spring. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U 301 Military Leadership and Operation of the U.S. Army 3 cr. Offered autumn. Coreq., MS 303. Developing a personal leadership philosophy; military leader's role in counseling and motivating, controlling resources, planning and organizing. Study of the organization and operation of the U.S. Army.
U 302 Military Strategy and Tactics 3 cr. Offered spring. Coreq., MS 303. Continuation of the study of the U.S. Army operation in various geographical and tactical scenarios and a look at the leader's role in planning, directing, and coordinating the efforts of individuals and small groups in tactical missions.
U 303 Leadership Laboratory 1 cr. (R-4) Offered autumn and spring. Coreq., MS 301, 302, 401, 402E. Practical application of skills learned in the classroom.
U 304 Advanced Leadership Practicum Variable cr. (R-4) Offered every term. Required intensive six week study and internship in military tactics, leadership and organizational behavior. Supervised by active duty military personnel.
U 315 Drill and Conditioning Variable cr. (R-4) Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., ROTC cadets or consent of instr. The study and application of military drill and ceremony: formation, ceremonies, and marching; the study of the fundamentals of the military physical conditioning program, and the practical application of skills learned. Physical education activity course; a maximum of four credits of activity courses may be counted toward graduation.
U 395 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered autumnand spring. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U 401 The Army Officer: Roles and Responsibilities 3 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., consent of instr.; coreq., MS 303. The military in the social framework of the nation; changing dimensions of military professionalism; moral and ethical foundation of leadership; the application of leadership principles and techniques involved in leading young men and women in today's Army.
U 402E Ethics and Justice in the U.S. Army 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., consent of instr.; coreq., MS 303. Analysis of ethical situations in the command structure of the U.S. military. How to resolve ethical dilemmas in administering regulations and the code of military ethics for officers. Understanding of the ethical components of the uniform code of military justice and civil rights legislation. Restricted to contracted Military Science students.
Donald G. Malerk, M.S., University of Central Texas, 1986 (Chairman)
James Conrad, B.S., James Madison University, 1987
Richard C. Kostecki, B.A., The University of Montana, 1992
Steven M. Leonard, M.S., Murray State University, 1990
James A. Young, M.S., Eastern Montana College, 1992