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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015


Chair: Lieutenant Colonel Judson Gillett (251) 460-6341   
Professor: Gillett   
Assistant Professors: White, Rey   
Instructors: Wright, Guintavano, Leazer   
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Our Mission: To commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army. The Military Science Department offers a progressive program which will enhance student education regardless of academic endeavor. The program is designed to improve the leadership abilities of students, develop managerial skills, inform students concerning the roles, missions, and capabilities of the Army, and train qualified ROTC students to become commissioned officers in the National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, or the U.S. Army. Military Science is an accredited field of minor study. Students may take Military Science courses and receive graduation credit in lieu of Physical Education courses. National Guardsmen, reservists, veterans and former JROTC students may received advanced placement by requesting it through the department chair.   
The general requirements for enrollment and continuance in the Army ROTC program are as follows:    

1. Basic course students must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be physically qualified
  • Have freshman or sophomore standing. Students with higher standing require consent of instructor.
2. Basic course cadets applying for enrollment in the advanced course who seek a commission must:    
  • Have successfully completed MS 101, MS 102, MS 201, MS 202 or have accomplished one of the following: prior military service, ROTC basic military studies; practicum (LTC); three-year high school JROTC basic course.
  • Have two years remaining at the university (either undergraduate, graduate or in pursuit of additional course work).
  • Have completed a minimum of 32 hours to contract.
  • Be under 31 years old during year of graduation and commissioning (waiverable to 39).
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student, either at the University of South Alabama, or at a partnership program university.
  • Meet military screening and physical requirements.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A.
  • Maintain B average in military science and leadership courses.
Regularly enrolled students who meet the academic prerequisites may take individual courses as electives with the permission of the department head and academic advisor.    
The purpose of the Army ROTC Basic Course is to introduce students to Army ROTC, to give them general information about the Army and to introduce them to basic skills which have both military and civilian application. Courses and practical exercises in land navigation, orienteering, and leadership round out the student's academic life, provide a challenge, develop confidence, and break the classroom monotony. With this initial exposure, the students will have experience upon which to base their decisions to continue into the Advanced Course and into the Army as commissioned officers. There is no military obligation in connection with the Basic Course. Basic Course scholarship students earn $300-$350 a month upon contracting. Contracted cadets are required to pass an Army Physical Fitness Test at least once a semester.    
MS I (MS 101-102). Meets for one hour per week. Students are required to attend a two hour leadership lab every week and are encouraged to attend physical training lab three times per week for 1 hour per session. During leadership laboratory, students will participate in adventure training, and other military activities. Several optional training activities on and off campus are scheduled each semester.   
MS II (MS 201-202). Meets for two hours per week. All contracted students are required to attend a two hour leadership lab every week. In addition, contracted students are required to attend physical training lab three times per week for 1 hour per session. During leadership laboratory, students will participate in adventure training, and other military activities. Several optional training activities on and off campus are scheduled during the school year.   
Army ROTC Leaders Training Course, conducted during the summer session, is a challenging four-week training course designed to evaluate students ability to handle themselves and others in new and demanding situations. Throughout the program, the student is provided with the fundamentals of soldiering which include physical training, marksmanship, tactical operations, map reading, and orienteering. Students are provided transportation to and from camp, fees, room and board, as well as approximately $700 in pay and allowances. Attendance at the Leaders Training Course does not necessarily obligate the student to military service; it does, however, qualify the student for the Army ROTC Advanced Course when taken in lieu of the Basic Course requirements.   
Provided eligibility criteria are met, a student can compete for a 2-year scholarship upon graduation. See the scholarship section that follows for more information.   
Upon completion of the Basic Course or Leaders Training Course (above), ROTC students entering the Advanced Course continue to develop their ability in evaluating situations, making decisions, and practicing traits considered essential in a leader. The ability to motivate subordinates, to win their confidence, and to supervise them effectively has been attributed by many civilian and military leaders to training received through ROTC in college. The ROTC Program uses and extends the intellect, education, and special abilities of college students. Its primary purpose is to produce Army officers needed for the defense of our nation in time of crisis; but, in the process, it also develops the kind of Leader or Junior Executive or manager needed in every field of civilian endeavor.   
All Advanced Course students earn $450-$500 a month (upon contracting) beginning the first month of their junior year and continuing until they complete the Advanced Course. Additional pay and travel allowances for the 33-day Leadership Development Assessment Course training between the junior and senior years, makes the total received approximately $10,000.    
MS III (MS 301-302). Meets for three hours per week. All students are required to attend a two hour leadership lab once per week. In addition, students are required to attend physical training lab three times per week for 1 hour per session. Three training activities off campus will be scheduled during the school year.   
MS IV (MS 401-402). Meets for three hours per week. All students are required to attend a two-hour leadership lab once per week. In addition, students are required to attend physical training lab three times per week for 1 hour per session. Three training activities off campus will be scheduled during the school year.    
The simultaneous membership program option combines the Army ROTC living allowance with membership in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard and allows the student to receive pay from both programs. ROTC cadets serve as officer trainees in direct leadership/management positions. Simultaneous membership program participation with National Guard or Reserve forces is one weekend per month and two weeks each year. Cadets participating in the simultaneous membership program are eligible for tuition assistance reimbursement up to $4,500 per year.    
The curriculum of the Army ROTC program is designed to qualify the cadet for appointment as an officer. Selection for assignment to the various branches of the army is based upon the personal interests of the cadet, the major course of study, academic accomplishments, leadership potential, and the needs of the service. Under this system a cadet may be commissioned in any branch for which he or she is qualified and in which a need for officers exists. After graduation and commissioning, the officer will attend a service school for further specialized military training which will qualify him or her for the branch to which he or she is assigned.    
See information provided in the chapter on financial aid.    
Army ROTC Scholarships    
These competitive scholarships are awarded solely on potential rather than financial need and cover the costs of tuition, fees, and a flat-rate book allowance (of $600 per semester) plus a monthly subsistence allowance of $300 for freshman; $350 sophomores; $450 for juniors; $500 for seniors. This allowance is tax-free. Four-year scholarships are available to designated freshmen, who applied and were selected during their senior year in high school. Three and two-year scholarships are available to eligible students, enrolled in the ROTC program. Two-year undergraduate or graduate school scholarships are available to students who successfully complete the Leaders Training Course.    
In an effort to develop maximum leadership qualities among cadets, the following organizations and activities are sponsored by ROTC as an integral part of the Army Cadet Corps:    

Color Guard:    The official color guard for the University of South Alabama. Present the colors for USA and civic organizations in Mobile.   
Ranger Challenge:     Students are trained in small-unit tactics and participate in ranger-type operations and competitions.    
Running Club:     Participation is open to all students. Runs from 3k to 26.2 mile marathons and triathlons.    
Scabbard and Blade:     Honor Society for Cadets. Cadets must meet national requirements to be a member.    

Academic credit is granted for the completion of Military Science course requirements as follows:    
Basic Course 1st Year (MS 101-102)    
1st and 2nd Semester - 1 hour each - Total 2    
Basic Course 2nd Year (MS 201-202)    
1st and 2nd Semester - 3 hours each - Total 6    
(Leadership Training Course in lieu of Basic Course) (6)    
Advanced Course 1st Year (MS 301-302)    
1st and 2nd Semester - 3 hours each - Total 6    
Advanced Course 2nd Years (MS 401-402)    
1st and 2nd Semester - 3 hours each - Total 6    
Students who do not meet qualifications for Army contracting and commissioning may be allowed to audit a Military Science course. Students desiring to audit must receive the permission of the department chair. Auditing students may not participate in leadership laboratory, field training exercises, or other physical activities. Non-U.S. students must have written permission from their government prior to taking an ROTC course.    
Students desiring a commission must complete a minimum of 23 hours of course work to include:    

1.     20 hours of Military Science, including    
a.    MS 101 and 102;    
b.     MS 201 and 202;    
c.    Students can receive placement credit for the 100- and 200-level courses for prior military service, Junior ROTC, ROTC Leadership Training Course, and equivalent military training with PMS approval;   
d.     MS 301 and 302;    
e.     MS 401 and 402.    
2.      A 3 hour Military History Course.   
3.      In addition to the required courses, students must contract and attend the ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course for 33 days of training between the junior and senior year.    


Completion of the 20 semester hours of MS course work and one military history elective (3) are required for a minor in Military Science. Placement credit may be awarded for the Basic Course for prior military service, attendance at ROTC Leadership Training Course, or three or four years of JROTC. Students who are already commissioned officers are not eligible to receive a minor in military science. Non-contracted students are not eligible to receive a minor in Military Science.


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