Department Chair/Professor of Military Science
Major Jesus J. Cruz
Military Science 103
Kristie Bolden, Michael Coerper, Scott Eden, Nathan Florez, Tameka Floyd, Brian Phinney, Jonathan Robbins
The Military Science Program focuses on academics, teamwork and physical fitness, and is integrity-based with a mentorship program in place to support all cadets. Military Science provides a dynamic dimension to the university by offering an unmatched hands-on leadership and management education. Military Science is also a university endorsed coed club and offers various extracurricular teams and activities such as “Ranger Challenge” (intercollegiate competition based on physical fitness and agility, rifle marksmanship and map reading/land navigation), paintball, one Leadership Training Exercise (overnight bivouac) per semester, rappelling and a Color Guard team (presents flags at ceremonies and events), as well as several other exciting activities. All curricula and activities are designed to build and enhance leadership, management and team-building skills that apply to military and civilian sectors, and last a lifetime.
Military Science courses are accredited and available to students in all academic disciplines. Full-time students are also eligible to enroll as cadets in accordance with university and Department of the Defense policies. Several competitive financial assistance programs are available, which include: four-, three- and two-year scholarships; full tuition and fees (or up to $10,000 for the room and board option); book stipend and a monthly stipend; Reserve Forces and National Guard duty; GI Bill; and loan repayment options.
Upon successful completion of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army, United States Army Reserves or Army National Guard.
This program is composed of a lower-division Basic Course and an upper division Advanced Course. The Basic Course refers to first- and second-year courses (MLSC 101 , MLSC 102 , MLSC 201 and MLSC 202 ) that are designed for beginning students who want to try Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) without obligation. Once the Basic Course is completed, students qualify for entry into the upper-division Advanced Course (MLSC 301 , MLSC 302 , MLSC 401 , MLSC 402 ), which prepares them to be commissioned as officers in the United States Army, the Army Reserves or the Army National Guard. Upon entry into the Advanced Course, cadets are required to sign a contract with the Department of the Army agreeing to complete the ROTC program and accept a commission as a second lieutenant. Once the contract is signed, advanced course cadets will receive up to $500 per month, along with uniforms for all military science courses.
This program is for those students who have at least four semesters of work remaining on campus as either an undergraduate or graduate student, and who did not participate in ROTC earlier. These students enter the Advanced Course of the program after attending a four-week, all expenses paid, summer leadership internship or providing proof of completion of Military Basic Training, or three years JROTC. Students enrolled in the two-year program are eligible for contracting under the same benefits, requirements and guidelines as the four-year students.
International Learning Opportunities in Military Science
Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program (CULP) is an overseas culture immersion internship aimed at broadening the cultural understanding of junior officers. Since the Army is in a number of countries across the world, it is critical that young officers understand different cultures to ensure the building of strong relationships.
Advanced course students have an opportunity to attend overseas Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) for three weeks between their junior and senior years. CTLT gives cadets a chance to serve as an acting platoon leader with an actual active duty U.S. Army unit. Many of the CTLT positions are with overseas units in Korea and Europe. Additionally, commissioned second lieutenants selected for active duty will have the opportunity to serve at duty stations all over the world, work with fellow military officers from other countries, attend foreign military schools and immerse themselves in the culture of their host nation while they live and work there.
Interested contracted cadets with strong cumulative grade point averages and who are physically fit have the opportunity to be sent to a three-week Army Airborne School or 10-day Air Assault School.
Programs and Courses Offered
Courses are designated as MLSC in the class schedule.