The Army Department of Military Science is a Senior Division Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Instructor Group, staffed by Army personnel. The department provides a curriculum available to Armstrong State University, Savannah College of Art and Design and Savannah State University students that qualifies the college graduate for a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. Qualifying for a commission adds an extra dimension to the student’s employment capability in that, upon graduation from the university, the student has either military or civilian employment options. Enrollment in military science classes is open to all students.
The course of study offered in military science is designed not only to prepare the student for service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army but also to provide knowledge and practical experience in leadership and management that will be useful in any facet of society. Male and female students are eligible for enrollment. Each student is provided with a working knowledge of the organization and functioning of the Department of Defense and the role of the U.S. Army in national security and world affairs.
The course of study pursued by students during their freshman and sophomore years is the basic military science course and/or related skill activities. The course of study normally pursued by students during their junior and senior years is the advanced military science course.
For selection and retention in the advanced course, a student must be physically qualified, should have maintained above average military and academic standing and must demonstrate a potential for further leadership development.
Graduates of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) are commissioned second lieutenants in the branch of service most appropriate to their interests and academic achievements, consistent with the needs of the Army. Regardless of the branch selected, all officers will receive valuable experience in management, logistics and administration. Graduates may be granted a delay in reporting for duty for graduate study, if requested.