Jun 21, 2024  
2021-2023 University Catalog 
2021-2023 University Catalog

Division of Military Science

Mission Statement:

U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program (ROTC)

The mission of the Military Science Department is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better Americans. We accomplish this mission through recruiting, selecting, motivating, training, and retaining students who possess leadership potential. Army ROTC develops self-discipline, responsibility and the confidence necessary to succeed in the Army or in a civilian career.

Major Objectives:

ROTC graduates are leaders, thinkers and decision-makers. They meet problems Chair-on and solve them quickly. They know how to adapt to situations and take charge. They will find that their background and experience in ROTC can be a valuable asset if they decide to pursue a civilian career or a career in the Army. The practical experience they gain by completing Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) and the advance course will determine their placement in active duty or reserve and the branch they will receive in the Army. The Military Science Program of Instruction is structured to develop and assess the following characteristics within students:

  • A strong personal integrity, and a sense of duty;
  • A strong sense of individual responsibility and accountability;
  • An understanding of the principles of leadership, time management, and organizational structures;
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • A general knowledge of the historical development of the U.S. Army and its role in support of national objectives;
  • An understanding of military life as a commissioned officer to include opportunities and obligations;
  • Promote the development of cadets’ ethical and moral perspective;
  • The ability to apply principles of leadership, management, and tactics.

Commissioning Requirements:

  • Basic Course (via class attendance and/or placement credit);
  • Advanced Course;
  • Leader Development and Assessment (LDAC);
  • Military History (MS 432 );
  • ROTC Swimming requirement ( see program of instruction);
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA);
  • Pass a Department of Defense medical examination within 24 months of the date of commissioning;
  • Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test within 30 days of the date of commissioning; and,
  • Not have exceeded the 42nd birthday (31st for scholarship students).

ROTC Scholarships

At Saint Augustine’s University, the award of an Army ROTC scholarship may be the means to a FREE College education for qualified students. The President of the University has agreed to provide free room and board to any Saint Augustine’s University student that is awarded a competitive three or four-year Army ROTC scholarship. Special consideration for any Army ROTC scholarship is given to students pursuing degrees in nursing, engineering, the physical sciences, and other technical skills currently in demand by the Army. Students who receive a scholarship will be required to attain an undergraduate degree in the field in which the scholarship is awarded.

Four-year scholarships will be awarded to students entering the ROTC program as freshmen. Minimum requirements include 2.5 GPA in high school with a 920 SAT (verbal and math only) or 19 on the ACT. However, four-year scholarships are few and very competitive so students with an 1100 SAT or 21 ACT stand a better chance of receiving a four-year scholarship. Three-and two-year scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled in ROTC or Army enlisted personnel leaving active duty with 60 credit hours. Additionally, two-year scholarships are available to students with 60 credit hours who attend the Leader’s Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox, KY. These scholarships are awarded based upon outstanding performance.

Each scholarship pays for tuition, required educational fees, and provides a specified amount for books, supplies, and equipment. Each scholarship also includes a stipend of $3,000 up to $5,000 a year for every year the scholarship is in effect.

Other Scholarships

Each academic year various veterans’ organizations and other military related activities make scholarship funds available to students enrolled in Army ROTC. (Organizations making these awards are USAA, AUSA, VFW, ROCKS etc.).


All contracted cadets receive a monthly stipend from $300 to $500 depending on their MS level, as well as payment for attending the Leader’s Training Course (LTC) or the Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC).

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

This program provides an opportunity for students who belong to a Reserve or National Guard Unit, as enlisted soldiers, to also be members of the Army ROTC Program. As a reservist or guardsman, these students, as freshmen or sophomores, earn $3,700 for one summer by attending the enlisted basic and advanced individual training. This is in addition to money earned for the weekend drill with their unit. A student accepted for the SMP and the Army ROTC Advanced Course retains affiliation with the Reserve or Guard Unit as an officer trainee and is paid for drills and assemblies plus up to $3,000 a year in monthly stipends of $300 each. SMP members are also eligible for certain veterans’, reserves, or National Guard’s educational benefits.

Leader Development and Assessment (LDAC) The Four-Year Curriculum

The ROTC Program is based on a four-year curriculum ultimately integrated with the normal baccalaureate degree program. Flexibility is provided through a number of options and alternatives. These alternatives recognize previous military related experience and provide accelerated or compressed instruction to allow late entry into the program.

The Four Year Program is divided into two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.

The Basic Course is usually taken during the freshman and sophomore (MS I and MS II, respectively) years of College and covers such subjects as management principles, national defense, physical fitness, and leadership development. There is no military obligation for enrollment in the Basic Course. After they have completed the basic course, students who have demonstrated the potential to become officers and who have met the physical, moral and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the advanced course.

The Advanced Course is usually taken during the Junior and Senior years (MS III and MS IV, respectively). It includes instruction in organization and management, tactics, ethics, professionalism, and further leadership development.

During the summer between their junior and senior years, advanced course cadets attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) for 35 days. This camp gives cadets the chance to put into practice the theories and principles they learned in the classroom and introduces them to Army life both in garrison and in the field. At LDAC they compete with cadets from schools around the nation. Camp evaluations may influence whether or not cadets go Active Duty or Reserve Duty and the branch or job they will receive in the Army.

The Two-Year Program

The Two Year Program is designed for students with 60 credit hours; juniors, and community college graduates, veterans with prior college credit, students at four-year colleges who did not take ROTC during their first two years, students entering a two-year, post-graduate course of study and high school students who plan to attend military junior colleges. To enter the Two Year Program, students must first attend a fully paid, four week Leader’s Training Course (LTC), normally held during the summer between their sophomore and junior years of college. After successfully completing LTC, students who meet necessary requirements may enroll in the Advanced Course.

Placement Credit

Veterans, reservists, or students with at least three years of Junior ROTC training seeking enrollment in the Advanced Course may be given credit for up to three (3) semesters of Basic Course Training. Eligible students may apply to the Professor of Military Science. Students with a DD- 214 or Army transcripts may apply to have Basic Training (BT) and Advance Individual Training (AIT), applied to their university transcripts.

Select Training Program

Highly motivated and promising students may be selected by the Professor of Military Science for participation in elite off-campus summer training programs. These include Airborne School, Cadet Troop Leader Training, Air Assault School, and Northern Warfare Training.

Textbooks, Uniforms, and Equipment

All military uniforms such as Army Combat Uniform, Class A uniforms, and Physical Training Sweats are provided free of charge. Textbooks for the basic course are also free while advanced course students pay a minimum fee for books. Students are encouraged to purchase a pair of running shoes.

Course Tuition

ROTC is taken free of charge. If ROTC creates a situation where the student is placed in an overload status the overload fee will not be assessed for credit hours earned through Military Science instruction.

ROTC Course Substitution Arrangement

A student enrolled in the ROTC Program will have the opportunity to substitute certain ROTC courses for certain regular college courses of the General Education Program. This opportunity is provided to accommodate the student who plans to continue in ROTC for commissioning and the student whose participation in ROTC is restricted to a specific length of time. See ROTC advisor and/or academic major advisor for advisement about enrollment in other ROTC substitutions.

Credit for a course after withdrawal from the ROTC Program will require a statement of support from the Professor of Military Science, verifying the student’s inability or ineligibility to continue in the ROTC Program. Note: It is the student’s responsibilities to provide documented evidence supporting their inability or ineligibility to continue in the ROTC program.

Military Science Course Substitutions for General Education Physical Education Requirements

MS 101 - MS 102  Ldrshp & Prsnl Development General Education/Physical Activities 1
MS 201 - MS 202  Team Leadership General Education/Physical Activities 2

Enrollment Requirements Basic Course

  • Be of good moral character;
  • Be U.S. citizens; there are limited exceptions as approved by PMS;
  • Be at least 17 years old to begin ROTC; and,
  • Be a full-time student at Saint Augustine’s University, pursuing a course of instruction leading to an approved baccalaureate degree.

The Basic Course Requirements

Total Basic Course Requirements 12