Military Science Building, Room 102
Colonel (Ret) Peter Bleich, Recruiting Operations Officer
The Army ROTC program provides professional education and leadership training to those students who desire to serve our country as officers in the U.S. Army upon graduation. Successful completion of the program qualifies ROTC cadets for both a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army and an opportunity to serve at least four years on active duty or at least six years in the reserve component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard).
The successful ROTC cadet may choose one of the 16 diverse and exciting career fields in which to serve as an Army officer. A list of these career fields may be obtained from the Department of Military Science.
The Military Science Program is subdivided into two levels. The basic course is aligned with the freshman and sophomore years and consists of the fundamentals of leadership and management, land navigation, small unit operations, survival, and rappelling. The advanced course is aligned with the junior and senior years and covers leadership assessment, military history, ethics, and professionalism. It also includes leadership skills that prepare the cadet for entry into active or reserve duty as a commissioned officer. Participation in leadership laboratories is open to all students who are enrolled in a military science class.
Two-Year and Graduate Degree Programs
A two-year program is also available for students who have not taken the first two years of ROTC or those who have completed an undergraduate degree and are seeking a two-year graduate program. This program requires the student to attend a summer course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, or have completed basic training from prior enlisted service, between the sophomore and junior years or prior to starting a graduate degree program. This four-week course consists of basic military training and allows the student to enter the advanced course upon return to campus.
Another option to attain an officer’s commission is through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). This program allows a cadet who is a member of an Army Reserve or Army National Guard unit to be in the advanced course of ROTC, be paid at the cadet drill pay rate (equivalent to E-5 pay), work as an officer trainee in their unit, and compete for an Army reserve component or active duty commission. Students can also receive the GI Bill and tuition assistance benefits while in Army ROTC.
The Military Science curriculum is intended to enrich and supplement baccalaureate or postgraduate studies in all fields. The Army recognizes the need for officers with varied academic credentials and will award a commission to students who successfully complete ROTC.
After commissioning, flight training is available, although competitive, to those officers who have taken and passed the flight physical and flight aptitude test and have been selected for service within the Aviation Branch. The test is normally administered during the MS III or junior year of ROTC. Training will be rotary wing (helicopter) training.
Colorado State Army ROTC scholarship students may be awarded scholarships that pay full tuition (in-state or out-of-state), mandatory fees, $1,200 per year for books and a graduated stipend (living allowance) of $300 per month up to a maximum of $500 per month. Applications for the four-year scholarship can be requested by calling 1-800-USA-ROTC or applying online. Two- and three-year scholarships for sophomores and freshmen, respectively, may be applied for throughout the school year directly through the on-campus Army ROTC Program.
Financial Assistance Opportunities
In addition to two-, three-, and four-year scholarships, Army ROTC has the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), which provides additional experience and financial assistance from two sources: a National Guard or Reserve unit and Army ROTC. SMP students may also qualify for GI Bill benefits, loan repayment money, and up to 100% tuition assistance money, based on available funding and service time.
Minor in Military Science
ROTC students can earn a minor in Military Science. The minor requires 27 credits, which encompass approximately 87% of the military science courses, a military history course, and summer training. This minor allows ROTC students to compete in the University Honors Program or complete majors that also require a minor.
Effective Spring 2015
In order to receive a minor in Military Science, students must commission as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army upon graduation from CSU.
|Select 8 credits from the following:||8|
|Leadership and Personal Development|
|Introduction to Tactical Leadership|
|Innovative Team Leadership|
|Foundations of Tactical Leadership|
|Basic Camp Leader Internship 1,2|
Credit awarded for prior military service 3
|MLSC 301||Adaptive Tactical Leadership 4||3|
|MLSC 302||Leadership in Changing Environments 4||3|
|MLSC 357||The American Military Experience||3|
|or HIST 357||The American Military Experience|
|MLSC 396||Military Science Group Study V||1|
|MLSC 397||Military Science Group Study VI||1|
|MLSC 401||Developing Adaptive Leaders 5||3|
|MLSC 402||Leadership in a Complex World 5||3|
|MLSC 496||Military Science Group Study VII||1|
|MLSC 497||Military Science Group Study VIII||1|
Taken between the student’s sophomore and junior years, the five-week Basic Camp (MLSC 250) will meet commissioning requirements for MLSC 101, MLSC 102, MLSC 201, MLSC 202. The number of 100- and 200-level MLSC courses taken will determine the number of credits awarded for MLSC 250.
Students may be given transfer credit for prior military service that can be applied to lower-division credits.