Sep 21, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
2019-2020 General Catalog

Military Science

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Department Head: Major Jonathan Kenworthy
Location: Military Science 106
Phone: (435) 797-7058
FAX: (435) 797-3330

Undergraduate Programs


Military Science (Army ROTC) focuses on leadership development. Students pursue the major of their choice while studying Military Science, and graduate with the ability to function effectively as leaders. Upon completion of Army ROTC and graduation from college, students become commissioned officers in the active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

Instructors, textbooks, uniforms, and equipment are provided at no cost to the student or the University. All contracted students receive between $300-500 per month (up to 10 months per academic year). Army ROTC also covers the cost of tuition and fees or room and board for Army ROTC scholarship students and provides a $600-per-semester book allowance. Those cadets with concurrent membership in the Army National Guard or Reserves can also qualify for Federal and State tuition assistance. 

The Margin of Difference

Army ROTC cadets learn to be leaders and receive hands-on experience in managing physical, financial, and human resources. They develop self-confidence and superior decision-making skills. Employers value these leadership qualities and recognize the associated potential.  Cadets are also required to maintain a level of physical fitness while in the program, a marked difference in other university programs. Cadets are expected to live the Army Values.  

Four-Year Program

The traditional Army ROTC program covers four years consistent with normal undergraduate progression (freshman-senior). The four-year program is divided into two parts: the basic course and the advanced course. The basic course is usually taken during the first two years of college. It covers subjects such as mountaineering, land navigation, leadership development, small unit tactics, weapons marksmanship, military history, time management, health, and citizenship. The basic course may be waived for cadets that have prior service experience. 

The basic course is designed for high-performing students who wish to try Military Science without obligation, while enhancing their leadership skills and self-confidence. Upon successful completion of the basic course, students are eligible to enter the advanced course.

Advanced course requirements are normally completed during the junior and senior years. The advanced course further develops and refines leadership competencies, and qualifies the student for a commission in the United States Army. Advanced course students receive a $450-500 per month tax-free subsistence allowance (up to 10 months per year), and attend a paid 30 day Leadership Development and Assessment Course between their junior and senior years. This course is called "Warrior Forge" and is a combined program with attendees from ROTC programs across the country conducted at Fort Knox in Kentucky. 

Two-Year Program

This is a special program for junior and community college transfer students or for students who did not take Army ROTC during their first two years of college. To enter the two-year program, a student must have completed Basic Training in a military service or participate in five weeks of basic leadership instruction. This instruction usually takes place between the sophomore and junior year. Students are paid, if contracted, for attending this instruction, have the opportunity to compete for two-year scholarships, and may receive academic credit. Students who qualify for the two-year program are enrolled directly in the advanced course.


Army ROTC provides numerous scholarship opportunities. High school seniors may qualify for the four-year Army ROTC scholarship. College students may qualify for three- or two-year scholarships. These scholarships pay the cost of tuition and fees, or room and board, $600.00 for textbooks and classroom supplies, and a monthly cash stipend between $300-$500 per semster. The Green to Gold scholarship allows Soldiers serving on active duty to leave the Army early and attend college/ROTC full time.

Placement Credit For Veterans

Veterans may qualify for advanced course placement based on prior military experience. They can take full advantage of veteran's benefits and receive stipend payments from Army ROTC concurrently, if contracted into the program.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

This program is available to advanced course cadets who wish to serve in the Army Reserve or National Guard while attending college and pursuing a commission through Army ROTC. SMP students are eligible to receive reserve drill pay, tuition assistance up to $4,500 per year, other monetary incentives, and $300-500 per month tax-free subsistence allowance (up to 10 months per academic year), if contracted into the program from Army ROTC. Call or visit the Department of Military Science for details.

Leave of Absence

If students (including scholarship recipients) wish to take a leave of absence for example to serve a mission for their church, they can do so conveniently between their freshman and sophomore years.

Commission Requirements

In order to qualify for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, each student must:

  1. 1. Complete all required Military Science instruction while attending college as a full-time student, and obtain a baccalaureate or higher degree prior to age 31 (age waiver can be granted for prior military service or other extenuating circumstances).
  2. 2. Meet medical and physical fitness standards.
  3. 3. Be a U.S. citizen.
  4. 4. Successfully complete the advanced summer camp.
  5. 5. Be recommended by the Professor of Military Science and/or Department Head.

Service Obligation

There is no military service obligation for basic course students, unless they have received an Army ROTC scholarship. Advanced course and scholarship students incur an obligation to serve in the active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

Additional Information

For more detailed information about course requirements for the Military Science programs, as well as information about career opportunities, see the major requirement sheet, which is available from the Military Science Department or call (435) 797-ROTC (7682).

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