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Admission criteria includes admission to Armstrong State University and good academic standing with the college upon admission to the program.
For freshmen, the way to start is by registering for MS 101 (Fundamentals of Leadership) and MS 101L (Fundamentals of Leadership Lab). These are the basic ROTC classes and do not require any military obligation from those students who choose to enroll. The great part about these classes is that you get to see if Army ROTC is right for you. The classes count as electives in most majors. At the end of the year, if you are still interested in becoming a contracted member of the Army ROTC program, you can continue to take Basic ROTC courses until the end of your sophomore year (still, with no military obligation). If you think Army ROTC and the prestige of an Army Officers Commission is for you, you would then follow a sequence of courses that will take you through your junior and senior years in the Advanced Army ROTC program. As a junior you will be required to contract with the Army and obligate to at least 8 years of service on either active duty, the U.S. Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Your course work will result in a commission in the United States Army (Active Duty, National Guard or Army Reserve).
A sophomore is someone who has completed at least 30 credit hours and has approximately 3 years remaining to earn their undergraduate degree. Sophomore courses do not require any military obligation. Below we have listed the options available to a student who is at this stage of their collegiate career.
- Take MS 1101 or 1102, "Fundamentals of Leadership," along with their associated Labs (MS 1101L or MS 1102L), and attend the Leaders Training Course in the summer (a 28-day course at Fort Knox, Kentucky). When you complete the Leaders Training Course (LTC) you are able to contract and receive financial assistance from the ROTC program.
- Take MS 2201 or 2202 "Applied Leadership & Management " along with their associated Labs (MS 2201L or MS 2202L) and attend the Leaders Training Course in the summer (a 28-day course at Fort Knox, KY). When you complete the Leaders Training Course you are able to contract and receive financial assistance from the ROTC program.
- Take no Army ROTC course. Wait until the end of the sophomore school year when you have approximately 60 credit hours; then attend the Leaders Training Course (LTC) during the summer. After successful completion of LTC, you can contract and receive financial assistance from the Army ROTC program.
- You can request to be exempted from the Basic Course classes by substituting your high school JROTC experience (any service) or active/guard/reserve duty experience. This requires the Professor of Military Science (PMS) approval.
A junior is defined as someone who has completed approximately 64 credit hours and has approximately 2 years remaining to complete their undergraduate degree. Students who are classified as a junior have several options to entering the Army ROTC program.
- Attend the Leaders Training course (a 28-day course at Fort Knox, KY) over the summer, prior to the junior year. The course requires no obligation to the Army, and you receive pay while attending the course.
- Attend the junior level ROTC classes. At the end of your junior year attend the Leaders Training Course (LTC). At the end of your Senior Army ROTC year you would attend the Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) and be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at the completion of LDAC that summer.
- Request exception through the PMS to allow high school JROTC, (2 years) experience to substitute for the freshman and sophomore courses.
- Request exception through the PMS to allow basic training (any service) to substitute for the freshman and sophomore courses.
- Veterans with an AARTS transcript indicating college credit for freshman and sophomore level courses are eligible to enroll in ROTC advanced courses so long as they have completed the required 64 credit hours.
Senior students with less than two years of college remaining have two options:
- Stretch your academic work out to make you eligible to be a full time student for at least two-years (4 semesters).
- Attend a two-year graduate program following graduation and then follow one of the graduate options.
- If qualified, request an exception to policy to compress your junior and senior year ROTC courses into two semesters. You must have received credit for the basic course classes (Freshman & Sophomore courses, basic training, JROTC for 2 years or attend the summertime Leaders Training Course (LTC) before your senior year).