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Department of Military Science - Columbus State University

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Department of Military Science

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

The university, in conjunction with the U.S. Army, maintains a Department of Military Science for those students who elect to combine military leadership and managerial training with a traditional academic program. Through ROTC, a student can earn a commission as a second lieutenant in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. The Department of Military Science is staffed by active duty officers and noncommissioned officers. The military science curriculum is divided into the basic course (freshman-sophomore) and the advanced course (junior-senior). The basic course is open to all full-time students, male and female, enrolled in a four-year baccalaureate degree program or two-year graduate program. The advanced course is open to only those students who have met all requirements for the Basic course and are eligible for military service and have approval from the Professor of Military Science. The Military Science Department has two and three-year scholarships available for qualified students. Textbooks and other required course materials are furnished at no charge. Contact ROTC at (706) 568-2058.

Basic Course — This program includes ten semester hours in leadership and general military subjects which qualify students for the advanced course. Required military science courses are ROTC 1215, 1216, 2225, 2226. Students may be exempted from the basic course if they are veterans, members of National Guard or Reserve units, or special cases approved by the Professor of Military Science. For students who will be academic juniors or beginning graduate school who desire to enter the advanced course, but have not completed the basic course may attend a five week training course during the summer called Camp Challenge, at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, in lieu of, the basic course. These students must contact the Military Science Department in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students do not incur any military obligation as a result of enrolling in the basic course.

Advanced Course — This program includes 16 semester hours in military science and advanced camp. Required courses are ROTC 3231, 3232, 3415, 4245, and 4795. Courses include training in leadership, management, and advanced military subjects. Advanced course students are contracted and paid $200 per month, for 10 months during both their junior and senior years. Cadets must attend an advanced camp for five weeks at Ft. Lewis, Washington, between their junior and senior years. ROTC cadets receive pay, transportation, housing, meals, and medical care while attending advanced camp.

Special note regarding PEDS credit: ROTC students may substitute ROTC 4419 for the PEDS activity course required in the Wellness area.

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