Air Force: http://www.slu.edu/organizations/airrotc/
Students interested in Reserve Officer Training Corps
programs may enroll in either the Army ROTC program at UM-St.
Louis or the Air Force ROTC program sponsored at UM-St. Louis
through Saint Louis University. These programs provide undergraduate
and graduate students with the opportunity to combine academic study
with a military officer training program.
further information concerning the Army ROTC program, contact LTC
Michael Bamber at the Military Science Department, telephone 314-516-4872
or check out our Web site at http://www.umsl.edu/~umslrotc/index.htm.
For information on the Air Force ROTC program, contact the Aerospace
Science Department at Saint Louis University, telephone 314-977-8227.
The purpose of the Military Science Department is to develop young
men and women into junior commissioned officers for positions of responsibility
in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard, or Active Army.
ROTC offers UM-St. Louis students:
challenging, important, well-paid job at graduation in one of the
many professional fields that the modern Army has to offer. Army officers
serve in such fields as intelligence, military police, communications,
engineering, transportation management, finance, combat arms, hospital
administration, nursing, and research and development. Starting salary
with allowances of an active duty second lieutenant is approximately
$27,000. Within four years he/she should be promoted to captain with
a salary and allowances of nearly $48,000. Reserve officers attend
one weekend per month and an annual two-week training camp.
2) College financing. All advance course and Army
ROTC scholarship students receive $250-400/month stipend. Only scholarship
students receive $450 for books and supplies. Also, advance course students
may join the Reserves as an office trainee and receive pay while in college.
3) Full-time enrolled students may compete
for the Army ROTC scholarship. The scholarship pays for tuition, fees,
4) Option of two
careers. Upon graduation and commissioning as officers in the U.S.
Army, students may fulfill their obligation by serving on active duty
or reserve duty. Reserve officers spend one weekend a month being a
soldier. Officers who serve on active duty receive 30 days paid vacation
every year, free medical and dental care, travel, and the opportunity
to pursue advanced degrees with educational assistance from the Army
on a fully funded or partially funded basis.
students who complete the ROTC program earn commissions as second lieutenants
in the U.S. Army. The ROTC program may be completed in several different
ways as outlined below.
1) Four-Year Program. The military science program
is traditionally offered as a four-year program. It is best to
start as a freshman, but special arrangements can be made for those who
start as sophomores. The first two years of military science are voluntary
without service obligation, and are designed to give students a perspective
on their leadership ability and what the Army can offer them. The student
who decides to continue in ROTC and pursue a commission signs an agreement
with the Department of the Army to accept a commission upon completion
of the last two years of military science. In return the Army agrees
to provide a subsistence allowance (up to $4,000) and to provide all
necessary uniforms and military science books.
2) Two-Year Program. The two-year program
is designed to provide greater flexibility in meeting the needs of students
desiring commissions in the U.S. Army. UM-St. Louis students who
did not participate in the four-year program and junior college
transfer students are eligible for enrollment. Basic prerequisites for
entering the two-year program are:
A) The students must be in good academic
standing (minimum 2.0 GPA) and pass an Army medical examination.
student must have two academic years of study remaining (undergraduate,
graduate, or combination). The student will attend a six-week summer
camp to catch up with the students in the four-year program. Attendance
at the basic camp does not obligate the student in any way and is
only intended to give the student a look at Army life and opportunities.
The student will be paid approximately $750 for attendance at basic
of any of the armed forces may qualify for advanced placement and should
contact the Military Science Department for details.
Army ROTC currently has scholarships in effect, which pay toward tuition,
fees, and books, and provide $200/month for the academic year.
These scholarships cover either four, three, or two
Louis freshmen and sophomores should apply in January for the two- and
three-year scholarships. Scholarship students may incur a four-year
active duty obligation; however, they may request reserve duty to serve
with the Army National Guard or Reserve.
students who desire to enter the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps
must be U.S. citizens, in good physical condition, and have high moral
character. Students must be at least 17 years old to enroll and not
over 30 when they receive their commission. Additional qualifications
to be admitted into the advanced course include an academic average of
C or better and passing an Army medical examination.
Louis Army Reserve Officers Training Corps academics consist of two
1) Earning a degree in the student's
chosen academic subject.
22 credit hours (four-year program) or 12 credit hours (two-year program)
of the military science curriculum. The courses in military science
are college-level academic courses which receive full academic credit
toward the student's elective degree requirements in the College of
Business Administration and the College of Education. The curriculum
consists of classroom instruction and a leadership laboratory in which
students receive leadership experience.
laboratory is required of all students enrolled in military science
courses. Classes are two hours every Thursday afternoon from 4 p.m.
to 6 p.m., unless otherwise designated. In addition, students attend
one field training exercise each semester. Leadership laboratory develops
individual military skills and leadership ability through participation
in drill and ceremonies, survival training, mountaineering, field-training
exercises, and exposure to progressively greater responsibilities within
the Cadet Corps organization.
Army realizes the importance of a graduate degree for its personnel.
There are several programs available to assist ROTC graduates in obtaining
an advanced degree. The Army sends selected second lieutenants immediately
to graduate school (with full pay and allowances) to pursue advanced
degrees in engineering and the physical sciences. Other officers may
postpone active duty for two years to continue graduate study. Students
who are accepted into medical school may take up to four years to complete
their studies. There are numerous opportunities for an officer to complete
a master's degree in service and receive financial assistance from the
Selected volunteers may attend one of several special schools during
the summer: the Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA ; Air Assault School
at Fort Campbell, KY ; or the Northern Warfare School in Alaska. Successful
course completion earns the coveted badge (such as the jump wings or
air assault wings) associated with each school. Special cadet troop leadership
training is available on a limited basis. Students participating in the
program live and work with an active Army unit during part of one summer.
ROTC students may participate in many extracurricular activities during
the year. Social activities include the Army Military Ball, a fall
canoe trip down the Meramec River, picnics, and informal parties. Army
ROTC students also support various campus and community service activities.
Interested students also participate in the Drill Team, Color Guard,
and Ranger Challenge Team.
1101 Introduction to ROTC (2)
Make your first new peer group at college one committed to performing
well and enjoying the experience. Increase self-confidence through team
study and activities in basic drill, physical fitness, rappelling, leadership
reaction course, first aid, making presentations and basic marksmanship.
Learn fundamental concepts of leadership in a profession in both classroom
and outdoor laboratory environments.
1102 Introduction to Leadership (3)
principles of effective leading. Reinforce self-confidence through
participation in physically and mentally challenging exercises with
upper division ROTC students. Develop communication skills to improve
individual performance and group interaction. Relate organizational ethical
values to the effectiveness of a leader.
1201 Self/Team Development (3)
ethics-based leadership skills that develop individual abilities and
contribute to the building of effective teams of people. Develop skills
in oral presentations, writing concisely, planning of events, coordination
of group efforts, advanced first aid, land navigation and basic military
tactics. Learn fundamentals of ROTC’s
Leadership Development Program.
1202 Individual/ Team
Military Tactics (3)
to individual and team aspects of military tactics in small unit operations.
Includes use of radio communications, making safety assessments, movement
techniques, planning for team safety/security and methods of pre-execution
checks. Practical exercises with upper division ROTC students. Learn
techniques for training others as an aspect of continued leadership
1301 Leading Small Organizations I (3)
of practical opportunities to lead small groups, receive personal assessments
and encouragement, and lead again in situations of increasing complexity.
Uses small unit defensive tactics and opportunities to plan and conduct
training for lower division students both to develop such skills and
as vehicles for practicing leading.
1302 Leading Small Organizations II (3)
methodology of MS 1301. Analyze tasks; prepare written or oral guidance
for team members to accomplish tasks. Delegate tasks and supervise.
Plan for and adapt to the unexpected in organizations under stress.
Examine and apply lessons from leadership case studies. Examine importance
of ethical decision making in setting a positive climate that enhances
1401 Leadership and Management (3)
Military Science 1302.
Leadership and Management,
begins with a series of lessons enabling the students to make informed
career decisions as they prepare for accession into the United States
Army. The lessons concentrate on Army operations, training management,
communications, counseling, leadership skills, and they support the
final transition from cadet to lieutenant.
to Lieutenant (3)
Transition to Lieutenant completes
the evolution from cadet to lieutenant by focusing on three areas:
first, students are given a basic foundation in military law; second,
students build on previous courses to successfully negotiate case
studies and practical exercises; third, students will complete a
Senior Leadership Project whereby students integrate, apply, and
demonstrate their knowledge of military operations.
Air Force ROTC
The objective of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training
Corps is to qualify students for appointment as active duty second
lieutenants in the United States Air Force. However, any student may
enroll in the freshman/ sophomore-level aerospace studies courses, and students may also
enroll in the junior/senior-level courses with permission of the
professor of aerospace studies.
UM-St. Louis offers the two- and four-year
AFROTC programs through an agreement with Saint Louis University.
The four-year program is tailored for students with three or
more years of undergraduate studies remaining. Students with junior standing
or above may apply for entry into the two-year program. Entry into
the two-year program is competitive and is based on standardized
test scores, academic major, grade-point average, physical examination,
personal interview with the professor of aerospace studies, and successful
completion of a summer field training session at an Air Force base. Applicants
must be full-time students and must remain in good academic standing.
Reserve Officer Training Corps
AFROTC Program is divided into the general military course (GMC), the
freshman/sophomore level curriculum; and the professional officer course
(POC), the junior/ senior level curriculum. The GMC covers two main
themes; the Air Force today and the Air Force way. The courses of the
POC emphasize the professional development of the future Air Force
officer. The curriculum covers Air Force leadership and management
and preparation for active duty. Field trips to Air Force bases supplement
classroom instruction and familiarize the cadet with Air Force operations
To be commissioned, AFROTC students/cadets must:
1) Pass a medical exam at a military medical facility.
2) Obtain a favorable evaluation on an Armed Forces
personal history security investigation.
3) Flying applicants must complete commissioning requirements
before age 26-1/2, and nonflying applicants must complete commissioning
requirements by age 30. However, the age limit for nonflying applicants
may be extended to age 35 for outstanding individuals.
4) Be of good character (as determined by a favorable
record with law enforcement authorities).
5) Successfully complete all AFROTC course requirements.
6) Complete at least a baccalaureate degree.
Air Force ROTC textbooks are loaned to all AFROTC students without
charge. Students in the POC will receive a monthly subsistence allowance
of $150 per month for a maximum of 20 months, an Air Force uniform, in
excess of $700 for the summer field training course, and a travel allowance
to and from the training location.
In addition to the AFROTC courses offered for academic credit, the
Aerospace Studies Department sponsors the Arnold Air Society and Angel
Flight. Arnold Air Society is a national honorary service organization,
and membership is open to anyone interested in bringing to the local
community a better understanding of the Air Force mission and its leaders.
AFROTC field training is offered during the summer months
at selected bases throughout the United States, usually between a
student's sophomore and junior years. Students in the four-year program participate
in four weeks of field training. Major areas of study include junior
officer training, aircrew/aircraft orientation, career orientation, survival
training, base functions and Air Force environment, and physical training.
Students applying for entry into the two-year program must successfully
complete six weeks of field training prior to enrollment in the professional
officer course. The major areas of study included in the six-week
field training program are essentially the same as those conducted at
four-week field training, plus the academic curriculum of the general
military course including leadership laboratory. POC cadets are eligible
for a $1,000 per semester federal AFROTC scholarship.
Leadership Laboratory is taken once per week throughout the student's
enrollment in AFROTC. Instruction is conducted within the framework of
an organized cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to
develop each student's leadership potential. Leadership laboratory involves
a study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, career
opportunities in the Air Force, and the life and work of an Air Force
junior officer. It also includes field trips to Air Force installations
throughout the United States.
Other training volunteers may attend various special cadet training
programs such as light aircraft training, parachute jump training, and
advance cadet training. Students participating in the latter work with
an Air Force unit during part of the summer.
The Air Force offers four-, three-, and two-year
scholarships to qualified students. These scholarships pay tuition, certain
fees, and textbook cost. Scholarship recipients receive $150 per month
subsistence allowance. For further information on the Air Force ROTC
program at UM-St. Louis, call (314) 977-8227, or at Southern
Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), call (618) 692-3180.
Aerospace studies program is divided into two parts: the general military
course, the freshman/sophomore level curriculum, and the professional
officer course, the junior/senior level curriculum. The GMC covers two
main themes: the Air Force today and the Air Force way. The courses of
the POC emphasize the professional development of the future Air Force
officer. The curriculum covers Air Force leadership and management and
preparation for active duty. Field trips to Air Force bases supplement
classroom instructions and familiarize the cadet with Air Force operations
Leadership laboratory is taken two hours per week throughout the student's
enrollment in the AFROTC. Instruction is conducted within the framework
of an organized cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed
to develop each student's leadership potential. The first two years of
the leadership laboratory includes a study of Air Force customs and courtesies,
drill and ceremonies, issuing military commands, instructing, directing
and evaluating the preceding skills, studying the environment of an Air
Force officer and learning about areas of opportunity available to commissioned
officers. The last two years of lab consist of activities classified
as advanced leadership experiences. They involve planning and controlling
military activities of the cadet corps, preparation and presentation
of briefings and other oral and written communications, and providing
interviews, guidance, and information which will increase the understanding,
motivation, and performance of other cadets.
AFROTC cadets must also successfully complete supplemental courses
to enhance their utility and performance as commissioned officers. These
include university courses in English composition and mathematical reasoning.
Specific courses are designated by the professor of aerospace studies.
Cadets in the four-year program participate in
four weeks of field training. Cadets in the two- or three- year programs
(exception for prior AF service) must attend the six-week FT session,
which is identical to the four-week program plus 90 hours of GMC curriculum.
Field training is offered during the summer months at selected bases
throughout the United States, usually between a student's sophomore
and junior years. Major areas of study include Air Force orientation,
officer training, aircrew/aircraft orientation, survival training,
base functions, and physical training.
Students applying for entry into the two- or three-
year program must successfully complete six weeks of field training
prior to enrollment in the professional officer course. The major areas
of study included in the six-week field training program are essentially
the same as those conducted at four-week field training, plus
the academic curriculum of the general military course including leadership
laboratory. No direct academic credit is awarded for field training.
Federal scholarships are available for AFROTC cadets--any academic
major may apply. Applications are to be submitted by detachment personnel
to Headquarters Reserve Officers Training Corps, Maxwell Air Force Base,
Participation in AFROTC is not required to take aerospace courses.
Lower Division (General Military)
studies courses (AS-1001 through AS-1002) are basic courses designed
to acquaint students with the United States Air Force and the opportunities
available as an officer. Grades earned in these courses will be computed
in the student's overall grade point average, but credit hours for
these courses will not be included in the total hours for graduation.
AS-1001/1002 The Air Force Today (2)
survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air
Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics
include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism,
military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer opportunities, group
leadership problems, and an introduction to communication skills. Leadership
Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets, and it complements this course
by providing students with followership experiences. Classroom activity,
two hours per week; Leadership Laboratory two hours per week, each semester.
AS-2001/2002 The Air Force Way (2)
course designed to facilitate the transition from Air Force ROTC cadet
to Air Force ROTC candidate. Featured topics include: Air Force heritage,
Air Force leaders, Quality Air Force, an introduction to ethics and
values, introduction to leadership, group leadership problems, and
continuing application of communication skills. Leadership Laboratory
is mandatory for Air Force ROTC cadets, and it complements this course
by providing cadets with their first opportunity for applied leadership
experiences discussed in class. Classroom activity, two hours per week;
Leadership Laboratory two hours per week, each semester.
Upper Division(Professional Officer) Courses
Studies courses AS-3001 through AS-4002 are advanced courses designed
to improve communication and management skills required of Air Force
officers. Credit hours of these courses may be included in the hours
needed for graduation at the discretion of individual departmental
AS-3001/3002 Air Force Leadership and
The study of leadership and
quality management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force doctrine,
leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior
officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management
situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application
of the concepts being studied. A mandatory leadership laboratory complements
this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer type
activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management
principles of this course. Classroom activity, three hours per week; Leadership
Laboratory two hours per week, each semester.
AS-4001/4002 Preparation For Active Duty
Examines the national security process,
regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, Air Force doctrine. Special
topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership,
military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active
duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this
structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills.
An additional Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing
advanced leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply
leadership and management principles of this course. Classroom activity,
three hours per week; Leadership Laboratory two hours per week, each semester.
Training provides leadership and officership training in a military
environment, which demands conformity to high physical and moral standards.
Within this structured environment, cadets are screened for officer
potential as measured against field training standards. Motivation
and professional development is achieved through various programs such
as flight orientation, marksmanship, and survival training. Students
in the four-year program participate in four weeks of field training.
Field training is offered during the summer months at selected bases
throughout the United States, usually between a student’s sophomore
and junior years. Major areas of study include: Air Force Orientation,
Officer Training, aircrew/aircraft orientation, survival training,
base functions and physical training.