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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 prepares the student for service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and provides 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.
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.
There is a critical need for nurses (specialized and non-specialized) in the Army. Not only is there an excellent Armstrong Nursing Program, but Georgia Southern University is a Partner in the Nursing Education School (PNE), and there is no better time to apply for admission. The ROTC department currently has available, Special Nursing Scholarships for nursing students desiring to attend a PNE school. Feel free to contact the ROTC department at any time for additional information.
Courses & Requirements
Basic Military Science
Basic military science courses involve four semesters during the freshman and sophomore years. The student learns leadership and management and acquires essential background knowledge of customs and traditions, weapons, map reading, tactics, and survival. Equally important, these courses have the objective of developing self-discipline, integrity, and sense of responsibility.
Program of Study
The basic course of four semester duration consists of two hours of instruction work per week. Students acquire knowledge of military leadership, weapons, tactics, basic military skills, and physical fitness. In field training exercises, potential for leadership is progressively developed. Basic course students are invited and encouraged to attend military science leadership laboratories and physical training sessions.
- MILS 1101
- MILS 1102
- MILS 2201
- MILS 2202
Basic Field Internship /MILS 2250 (Summer only)
Students who are not continuing into the Advanced program may take this 28 day course. Adventure/Leadership Training. Earn 5 credit hours. All expenses paid. (Must be medically qualified)
Advanced Military Science
The general objective of this course of instruction is to produce junior officers who by education, training, attitude, and inherent qualities are suitable for continued development as army officers. There are two avenues available for entering the advanced program and obtaining a commission as a second lieutenant:
- satisfactory completion of, or placement credit for, the basic program at Armstrong or at any other school, college, or university offering basic ROTC and meeting the entrance and retention requirements established by the Army;
- to be an active duty veteran or junior ROTC cadet graduate eligible for placement credit.
Program of Study
The advanced course consists of three hours of classroom work and one hour of leadership laboratory per week. During the spring semester prior to LDAC the student will enroll in MILS 3302 to prepare for attendance at LDAC . MILS 2001 – The Evolution of Military Warfare is normally taken spring semester of the sophomore year. The coursework during the advanced course emphasizes techniques, management, leadership, and the fundamentals and dynamics of the military team. Field training exercises provide the student with applied leadership experiences. Participation in leadership laboratories and physical training sessions are mandatory.
- MILS 3301
- MILS 3302
- MILS 4401
- MILS 4402.
The department offers a minor in military science. The program is designed to prepare the student for a commission in the U.S. Army and is offered to, but not required of, those students participating in the advanced course of Army ROTC instruction. Whatever the major, a military science minor will strengthen a student’s management, leadership, and interpersonal communication skills.
The minor requires: Twenty credit hours with grades of S, C or better in any of the following military science courses: MILS 1101, MILS 1102, MILS 2001, MILS 2201, MILS 2202, MILS 2250, MILS 3301, MILS 3302, MILS 3350, MILS 4401, MILS 4402.
Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
Students contracting to pursue the advanced courses are required to attend the national camp, normally between their junior and senior academic years at Fort Lewis, Washington. The duration of the camp is 29 days. MILS 3350.
Professional Military Education (PME) Requirements
The army’s professional military education requirements are established to provide cadets with the training and enrichment necessary to successfully compete in the army. In addition to completing a baccalaureate degree, the cadet must complete one undergraduate course from each of the designated fields of study (some of these requirements may be waived for nursing majors). The PME designated fields of study are listed below and the courses that meet the cadet command PME requirement:
- Written Communications Skills: ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102
- Military History: MILS 2001, HIST 3570
- Computer Literacy: CSCI 1301, CSCI 1302
Veterans entering the military science programs will receive appropriate placement credit for their active military service. Students who have completed military science courses in military preparatory schools or junior colleges may be given appropriate credit. Students with at least four years of high school ROTC may also be granted placement credit. Placement credit or four semesters of basic military science, or the equivalent thereof, is a prerequisite to admission into the advanced program. Regardless of prior military service, all students must be academically aligned (i.e., freshmen must take freshman level military science courses, etc.).
Alternate Programs for Admittance
Students with two years of coursework remaining, but who have not completed basic military science, are eligible to be considered for selection into the advanced military science program. Those selected under the provisions of the two-year advanced program must satisfactorily complete the Leadership Training Course (LTC, MILS 2250) of five weeks duration prior to entering the advanced program. Students attending the LTC at Fort Knox, Kentucky, are paid at active army rates and given a travel allowance from their home to camp and return. Attendance at basic camp is voluntary and incurs no military obligation until the student returns and decides to sign a contract to pursue a commission.
Participating Students and Aliens
Participating students are students who participate in military science courses but are not fully enrolled or are ineligible for enrollment in the ROTC programs. Participating and alien students may enroll in the military science classes provided they meet the requirements outlined in army regulations and are approved by the department head and/or school authorities. Although these students may enroll in military science classes, they may only participate in classroom instructions. They will not participate in any high risk training, drill, marching, leadership laboratories, field training exercises, voluntary programs, or attend basic or advanced camp. These students will also not be issued the uniform, nor receive credit toward commissioning or enlisted grade status through completion of ROTC courses.