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ARMY RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS STUDIES
Army ROTC is a college elective that focuses on leadership and management skills. The ROTC program consists of the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. The Basic Course provides college students the opportunity to learn about and experience the U.S. Army without incurring any military obligation during their freshman and sophomore years. The Advanced Course prepares juniors, seniors, and graduate students for commissioning as officers in the active U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserves, or Army National Guard.
Two-Year or Four-Year Program
The program in military science may be completed in either two or four years. The two-year program requires students to have a minimum of 54 semester hours and meet the qualifications to enter the Advanced Course. The qualifications for entering the Advanced Course include completion of one of the following: MIL 250; four years of High School Junior ROTC; prior service as a veteran or completion of Basic Training with the National Guard/Reserves. All students entering the Advanced Course receive a monthly tax-free stipend for ten months of the year ($350 for juniors and $400 for seniors). The four-year program requires students to take Basic Course electives at the University and then enter the Advanced Course.
The Basic Course refers to freshman-level and sophomore-level military science electives. Students wishing to enter the Basic Course simply register for one or more of the course electives. There is absolutely no military obligation incurred by taking these electives for freshman students or non-scholarship sophomores. The minimum electives necessary for completing the Basic Course are as follows:
MIL 110 Leadership and National Security.
MIL 120 Foundations of Leadership and Team Development. One hour.
MIL 210 Basic Leadership Skills. Two hours.
MIL 220 Military Leadership Skills. Two hours.
MIL 250 Leader's Training Course. Six hours.
The Advanced Course consists of junior-level and senior-level military science electives. The course requires students to take the electives in sequence, unless authorized by the professor of military science, and complete the National Advanced Leadership Camp. The National Advanced Leadership Camp is a paid 32-day leadership evaluation course conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington, usually during the summer between the junior and senior years. The Advanced Course is comprised of the following core courses:
MIL 310 Small Unit Tactical Leadership.
MIL 320 Advanced Military Leadership. Three hours.
MIL 410 Ethics and the Military as a Profession. Three hours.
MIL 420 Advanced Leadership and Management Techniques. Three hours.
Army ROTC Scholarship Program
Army ROTC offers four-year, three-year, and two-year scholarships. The scholarships pay 100 percent of resident and nonresident tuition; $600 per year for books; and a monthly tax-free stipend for 10 months of the year ($250/month for freshmen, $300/month for sophomores, $350/month for juniors, and $400/month for seniors). Scholarship cadets also receive a Professor of Military Science Award of between $250-$300 each semester. Additionally, all enrolled cadets are eligible for a number of grants provided by alumni endowments ranging from $200 to $1,000 per year. Army ROTC selects freshman awardees based on high-school GPAs, ACT or SAT scores, class standing, extracurricular activities, and scholarship interviews. High-school students can apply for four-year scholarships online at http://www-rotc.monroe.army.mil/scholarships/fouryear/. The deadline for four-year scholarship applications is normally November 15 each year. Three-year and two-year undergraduate and graduate scholarship selections are based on college GPAs, ACT or SAT scores, leadership potential, and scholarship interviews. The initial selections for three-year and two-year scholarships are made in late April. Scholarship applications, however, are accepted year round at the Military Science Department, 610 Capstone Drive, located adjacent to the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Interested applicants can call the Army ROTC scholarship officer at (205) 348-1056 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Army ROTC Stipend
All Army ROTC sophomores, juniors, and seniors who meet the eligibility requirements for contracting are eligible for a tax-free stipend for 10 months of the year ($300/month for sophomores, $350/month for juniors, and $400/month for seniors). Eligibility requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0; passage of the Army Physical Fitness Test; meeting DODMERB physical exam qualifications; being a U.S. citizen, full-time student, and of good moral character.
Uniforms and Equipment
All students who are authorized to receive uniforms and equipment must make a $25 deposit with the University bursar. Once a deposit is made with the bursar, the Army ROTC supply office will issue uniforms and equipment. Upon completion of enrollment or upon a student's withdrawal, the uniforms and equipment must be returned to Army ROTC within 72 hours. The full deposit will be returned to students who complete the course and return all assigned uniforms and equipment.
Military Science (MIL) Course Descriptions
This course educates students in the fundamentals of leadership and national security. Using the U.S. Army as a case study, students examine military organizational culture, roles and missions of the armed forces, leadership management, and leader communication skills. Additionally, through practical exercises, students develop individual leadership skills in problem solving, land navigation, and rifle marksmanship. The course counts toward credit for completion of the Army ROTC Basic Course, entrance into the Army ROTC Advance Course, and eventual commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army. Students taking this course do not incur any military obligation. Course meets one time per week in accordance with the fall schedule of classes.
Course serves as a sequel to MIL 110 Leadership and National Security and educates students in the fundamental military skills. Using the MIL 110 class as a foundation, students examine mission analysis, time management, leadership management, and leader communication skills. Additionally, through practical exercises, students develop individual leadership skills in problem solving, land navigation, and rifle marksmanship. The course counts toward credit for completion of the Army ROTC Basic Course, entrance into the Army ROTC Advance Course, and eventual commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army. Students taking this course do not incur any military obligation. Course meets one time per week in accordance with the spring schedule of classes.
Course provides students the opportunity to apply leadership theory in a wide range of scenarios. Using small unit tactics as a vehicle, students learn a series of individual technical skills and then transition to leading fellow students in collective tasks. This course meets bi-weekly in accordance with the fall/spring schedule of classes.
Students participate in and learn how to conduct an Army physical fitness program. This program teaches the principles of fitness of frequency, intensity, time, and type of exercise through participation and practical exercise. Begins the student in adopting a healthy physical fitness ethos and lifestyle required of an Army officer. Students are given performance reviews based on the current Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) evaluation criteria.
This course builds on MIL 120. Students focus on leadership development and officership. Throughout the course students learn personal development, problem solving, planning, teamwork, Army values, and the basics of physical fitness. There are also several practical exercises in which the student will learn beginner skills such as knot tying, rope bridging, land navigation, and marksmanship. This course counts towards credit for completion of the U.S. Army ROTC Basic Course and eventual commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army. Students taking this course do not incur any military obligation. The course meets twice a week in accordance with the fall schedule of classes.
This class is a sequel to MIL 210 Basic Military Skills. There is a continued focus on leadership development through practical exercises and classroom interaction. Some of the topics covered are goal setting, oral communication, decision making, teamwork, and stress management. There is also a continuation of basic skills such as land navigation and map reading. This semester, more than any before, draws together the various components of values, communications, decision making, and leadership to focus on the qualities required of a commissioned officer. Upon completion of this semester, cadets should possess a fundamental understanding of both leadership and officership and demonstrate the ability to apply this understanding to real-world situations. This course counts towards credit for completion of the U.S. Army ROTC Basic Course and eventual commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army. Students taking this course do not incur any military obligation. The course meets twice a week in accordance with the spring schedule of classes.
This course uses a series of demonstrations and practical exercise scenarios to develop basic leadership competency. Students have the opportunity to observe and experiment with different leadership and management techniques. The course instills individual leadership confidence and provides a structured mechanism for identifying leadership potential. Each course meets bi-weekly in accordance with the fall/spring schedule of classes.
An introduction and overview of American military history with a focus on the U.S. Army. Follows the origins of the American Military experience from Anglo-American colonial warfare to the present; includes America's major wars and the evolution of military technology. This class meets two times a week in accordance with the fall/spring schedule of classes.
This 28-day leader internship is taught as an off-campus extension course each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. It is open to students who have a minimum of 48 semester hours and at least four semesters of degree work remaining after completion of the course. The Army provides transportation to and from Fort Knox. Students receive free room and board and are paid for their attendance. They participate in hands-on leadership exercises and receive training in marksmanship, rappelling, water survival, land navigation, and small unit tactics. Course participants are eligible to win two-year scholarships. For additional information, contact Army ROTC at (205) 348-1056.
Students participate in and learn how to plan, conduct, and revise physical fitness programs, to include strength, cardiovascular, endurance, and flexibility training. Teaches the student how to develop the physical fitness ethos and lifestyle that are required of a military officer. Students are given performance reviews based on the current Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) evaluation criteria. Course meets three times a week and is open only to ROTC Cadets.
Study and development of leadership and small unit tactics that provides training and education in becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Students participate in a series of practical exercises to enhance leadership skills and receive personal assessments of and developmental training in leadership competencies. Students produce both written and oral guidance for team members to accomplish tasks. Additionally, cadets receive out of class training during field exercises, physical training, and leadership labs. Requires participation in leadership development lab. This course meets three times weekly in accordance with the schedule of classes.
Continues the development of student competencies and confidence through intermediate leadership, technical, and tactical instruction. Students lead small groups in accomplishing tasks of increasing complexity. Significant training in oral briefing and time management during time-constrained and stressful situations is used to improve decision-making skills. Examines the importance of ethical decision making in improving team performance. Requires participation in leadership development lab. This class meets three times a week in accordance with the fall/spring schedule of classes.
Series of practical applications of small unit tactics, leadership skills, and technical competencies learned in the classroom. Participation is required of all MIL 310 and MIL 320 students. This class meets weekly in accordance with the fall/spring schedule of classes.
Study of the distinguishing characteristics of professionalism and how they relate to the military as a profession. Emphasis is on ethical decision-making and obligations of officership in a democratic society. Interpersonal skills and behavioral processes are covered and applied in practical exercises to further develop student management and leadership skills. This class meets three times a week in accordance with the fall/spring schedule of classes.
Course educates students in executive leadership management and prepares them for post commissioning tasks as Army officers. Students fill basic command and staff positions and are responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting the Corps of Cadets training activities. This class meets bi-weekly in accordance with the fall/spring schedule of classes.
Study of leadership with an emphasis on command and staff processes, training management fundamentals, communication processes, problem solving and instructional techniques with a concentration on military applications. Individual and group motivational and behavioral processes are covered to further develop student management and leadership skills. This class meets three times a week in accordance with the fall/spring schedule of classes.
Independent leadership project focusing on the advanced application of leadership commonalities, the distinguishing characteristics of professionalism, and how they relate officership to a democratic society. Additional emphasis is placed on researching a specific leadership issue and/or problem and developing applied solutions. Interpersonal skills and behavioral processes are covered and applied in exercise reviews with faculty to further develop student management and leadership skills.
REILLY, JEFFREY M., Lieutenant Colonel, B.A.—International Relations (Northern Colorado), M.A.—Political Science (Houston), M.S.—Human Resource Management (Troy State). Assistant Professor of Military Science.
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