The Department of Military Science gives students the chance to learn about and experience the military without any long term commitment. Any student interested in pursuing a commitment to the U.S. Army, U.S. Reserve, or U.S. National Guard may contract into the Army ROTC Leadership Excellence Program provided that he or she meets the medical, physical, and academic requirements. This program is designed to produce highly qualified commissioned officers in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard. Students specialize in the major field of their choice and graduate with the ability to function as a junior executive.
Department/Program Learning Outcomes
Students will become proficient at solving tactical problems through in-depth analysis, cultural contexts, and principles that underlie doctrine and war fighting.
Acting as a Battalion Staff, students will plan and conduct weekly training events using the 8 Step Training Model. These training events will allow upper division students to mentor other cadets and as a way to develop writing and briefing skills.
Students will develop proficiency in basic military skills such as fundamentals of the assault rifle, battlefield lifesaving skills, land navigation, moving tactically while under fire, physical readiness to handle the rigors of combat, and above all maintaining self and equipment in a field environment.
Students should have a practical understanding of the roles of the Army officer and the Army non-commissioned officer as trainer and leader. Also, students will understand his or her oath of office and its basis within the Constitution of the United States of America Multidisciplinary teams, as well as the sacrifices required as a servant to the Nation.
Students will embrace the spirit of the Warrior Ethos and Army Values, living in a way that demonstrates self-discipline and self-confidence, mental toughness, and consistent sound judgment. Students will build a commitment to physical fitness and continued personal self-development.
Program of Instruction
The ROTC Leadership Excellence Program is designed to complement the civilian goal of acquiring a baccalaureate degree in a personal course of study while enabling students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes for transition into one of the Army’s sixteen branches upon commissioning. The program also enables those who plan a civilian career to fulfill military obligations while serving as an officer. With experience and training acquired through the Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard, ROTC graduates reflect leadership training as leaders in business, civic, and community affairs.
Textbooks, Uniforms, and Allowance
All textbooks, uniforms, and other training materials are furnished by the U.S. Army and/or the Utah Army National Guard. Those contracted cadets in the basic course receive a $300 to $350 monthly allowance (up to $5,000 for the two years). Those contracted cadets in the advanced course receive a $450 to $500 monthly allowance (up to $7,500 for the two years). Additionally, students attending either the basic or advanced camps receive approximately $800 for the camp period, plus travel to and from the camp.
Army ROTC Scholarship Program
Tuition assistance is available on a competitive basis. Senior students in high school may qualify for a four-year scholarship. College students may also qualify for a three- or two-year scholarship. The scholarship provides for tuition, fees, a textbook allowance, and $300 per month for the period for the scholarship (up to ten months per year). Students who qualify must complete their degree program prior to their twenty-ninth birthday. Contact the military science department for application procedures and specifics.
Leadership Laboratory and Course Fee
Each course requires a corresponding Leadership Lab, which meets on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:50 P.M. The labs require physical activity, including but not limited to the following: land navigation, crossing rope bridges, leadership reaction course, physical fitness training, water survival training, and helicopter rides and formal socials. Students are also required to participate in one weekend Leadership Development Exercise per semester. A course fee is required of each participating student to cover cadet activity expenses.
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows for simultaneous membership in the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard. After the completion of basic training and advanced individual training, SMP cadets will be entitled to GI Bill and monthly drill pay in addition to regular cadet allowances equaling over $1200 per month.
- The traditional Army ROTC Leadership Excellence Program extends over a four-year period compatible with normal progression through four years of college. It consists of two phases: A two-year basic course during the freshman and sophomore years and an advanced course during the normal junior and senior years. Also required is a five-week advanced camp normally attended in the summer before the senior year. (Under some circumstances it can be attended in the summer at the end of the senior year.) Students wishing to join the program after their sophomore year may receive academic credit for the first two years of ROTC by attending the Basic Camp in the summer before the start of their junior year. Such actions must be approved in advance by the professor of military science.
- Another two-year program is offered enabling qualified students with 60 semester hours to complete all requirements for a U.S. Army commission in two years of college. Qualifications for this program include prior service, placement credit, or completion of the basic course. Applicants for the two-year program may be upper-division or graduate students, provided a minimum of four semesters remaining at SUU at the time of entry into the program. Students must complete a physical examination and other associated requirements during the year before contracting. Two-year students normally process for admission during the first month of the spring semester of the sophomore year and enter the program at the beginning of the junior year.
- Entering either the four-year or three-year program incurs no military obligation whatsoever until such time as students sign their commissioning contract at the beginning of the appropriate year, unless they are an Army ROTC scholarship student. At that time they agree to enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve Control Group for a period of eight years; they are sworn into the reserve and begin to receive the monthly subsistence allowance.
- Students must be, or have applied, to be citizens of the United States. Non-U.S. citizens may apply for enrollment on case-by-case basis but cannot be commissioned until they are U.S. citizens.
- To receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or Army National Guard, students must earn a baccalaureate degree and be commissioned before their 29th birthday. Age waivers may be approved by the Department of the Army under special circumstances.
- Upon commissioning, the new second lieutenant is discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve Control Group and incurs an eight-year obligation to the U.S. Army, which may be filled by serving on Active Duty (4 years active, 4 years inactive), National Guard or Army Reserves (6 years active drilling status, 2 years inactive), or various combinations of the above.
- Basic Course Options for Contracting:
- Complete the following basic courses: MILS 1200, MILS 1210, MILS 2200, and MILS 2210.
- Complete Basic Training through any branch of the military including Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserves.
- Attend Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, beginning the June following the sophomore year or by being granted placement credit prior to service or ACCT (this is determined by SUU Cadre).
- Advance Course
- Complete the following advanced courses: MILS 3200, MILS 3210, Advance Camp, MILS 4200, and MILS 4210.
- There is no military service obligation to attend the military science classes.
- Each course listed must have a concurrent leadership laboratory.
- Two-year students should complete the 3000- and 4000-level courses.
- Students that are interested in the minor will need to take a foundation course unless determined unnecessary by SUU Cadre. That can select from the following list:
- Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in minor courses to complete the minor.
- Before commissioning, students must take a history class as prescribed in Professional Military Education Requirements for Commissioning (Army) .