The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program of instruction is designed to prepare university students for commissioning as officers for the active Army, the Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard. This is an integral aspect of national security because Army ROTC provides over 70 percent of the commissioned officers serving in the Army Reserve components and the active Army. It is for this reason that Army ROTC seeks quality men and women who are willing to accept the responsibilities inherent with officership. The training program is designed to teach military skills and enhance the individual's abilities in communications, leadership, and physical aptitude.
The four-year Army ROTC program is divided into the basic course (first two years) and the advanced course (last two years). Students who are not scholarship winners or not under SMP or ROTC contract incur no military obligation during the first two years.
Basic Course. Enrollment in the basic course is open to all full-time students who are U.S. citizens or immigrant aliens. During the first two years, students are trained in military leadership and problem-solving techniques that will assist them in their adjustment to the university environment. Course content includes wilderness survival skills, land navigation with a compass and topographic map, safety, first aid, rappelling, and physical conditioning, all of which are taught in both the classroom and outdoor settings. Course content also includes the structure of the Army and its relationship to American society, the customs and courtesies of the Army, leadership, values, and interpersonal communications. Eligible students may be able to test out of basic courses (MILS 1101, 1102, 2201, and 2202) and receive credit for the courses. Eligibility requirements include prior military service, completion of the leader's training course, or similar qualifications that illustrate mastering basic skills and content. Consent of the instructor must be obtained prior to attempting to test out of a military science course.
Advanced Course. The junior- and senior-level courses offer an in-depth study of leadership and individual and group behavior. During the junior year the emphasis is on individual- and small-unit combat tactics, physical training, and basic soldier skills. This culminates between the junior and senior years with attendance at the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC). During the senior year, students study ethics and leadership and prepare for becoming a lieutenant. In addition, they participate in planning and executing training for the other cadets. Students are required to develop skills in oral and written communications as well as techniques of instruction.
Military Science Organizations. This department sponsors the local chapter of Scabbard and Blade, the national military honor society. It also sponsors intramural athletic teams and the following organizations:
Awards and Recognition. Awards and decorations are presented each semester to military science students in recognition of outstanding performance in academics, military science, athletics, and physical training. Awards range from cadet ribbons and certificates to organization decorations and scholarships.
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Advanced course students who are eligible to enlist in either an Army Reserve or Army National Guard unit may serve in both ROTC and the reserve component simultaneously. The financial benefits generally exceed $1,200 per month.
Field Training Exercises. Field Training Exercises (FTXs) are conducted one weekend each semester, including such activities as rappelling, land navigation, marksmanship, and small-unit tactics. These weekend activities are optional for basic course students but required for advanced course cadets and intended to reinforce skills learned in the classroom and lab environment.
Leadership Laboratory. All students enrolled in military science are required to enroll in Leadership Lab 501. Students are given the opportunity during lab to practice skills learned in the classroom. Each student is assigned to a specific cadet company within the cadet battalion and normally advances in leadership position in accordance with class level and experience. The laboratory location will vary from the classroom to a field training area. Lab training includes such activities as rappelling, rope bridging, land navigation, and first aid training.
Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET). Cadet Initial Entry Training is a 28-day camp designed to instruct and educate those cadets with little or no prior military experience in basic military skills. It is a requirement for all scholarship contracted freshmen and will be conducted the summer after their freshmen year and before their sophomore year. It is held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and all transportation, lodging and meals are paid by the U.S. Army. Exceptions are available on a case-by-case basis for those cadets who have completed basic military training.
Leaders Training Course. Students who desire to enter the military science program, have no prior military service, and have only two to two and one-half years remaining until graduation may choose to attend a five-week ROTC Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Satisfactory completion of this camp satisfies the requirements for the basic course. Upon completion of Leaders Training Course, students may then contract and enter the advanced course. Transportation, room and board, and an allowance will be paid for the five-week period.
Cadet Leadership Course (CLS). All advanced course students must complete this five-week camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, between their junior and senior years or immediately following completion of their senior year. Transportation, room and board, and an allowance will be paid for the period. The program of instruction is designed to be the culmination of the military education up to and including the junior year.
Nurses Summer Training Program. Students seeking a B.S.N. and a commission in the Army Nurse Corps attend the regular
Leadership Development and Assessment Course. Students can then be assigned to an
Army hospital for four weeks. During this time, nursing students work one-on-one with
an Army nurse putting into practice the clinical skills learned in college. Students
participating in this program can receive college credit from the TTUHSC School of
Special Schools. Army ROTC students may apply for summer training in Army Airborne, Air Assault, or Northern Warfare Schools. Junior-level students also may request assignment to a Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) position for experience training with an active Army unit. CTLT training is normally for three weeks; however, a few positions may be available for extended training (five weeks) overseas.
Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program. Cadets may apply to compete for immersion in more than 40 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensify language study. This helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills to support global operations in the 21st century.
Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including humanitarian service; host nation military-to-military contact; and education related to social, cultural, and historical aspects of the country. In 2012, approximately 1,200 ROTC cadets traveled across the world and participated in the Cadet Command's CULP program. The future goal is for at least half of all cadets to complete a CULP Immersion Internship annually.
Lieutenant Colonel John D. Ring, Chairperson
Major Christopher J. Dawson, Vice-Chairperson
Professor: Lieutenant Colonel Ring
Assistant Professors: Major Dawson, Major Putteet
Senior Military Science Instructor: Master Sergeant Sickles
Military Science Instructor: Sergeant First Class Oida