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Miliary Science Army ROTC at Southwest Baptist University

Academic Schedule

Questions? Contact

SFC Vernon E. McAllister
Military Science (ROTC)
(417) 836-4359 or (417) 399-0421
vmcallister@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Missouri State University Military Sciences website for more information.

Leadership Excellence begins here.

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at SBU provides leadership, management, ethics and personal confidence training to prepare Cadets for responsibilities as commissioned officers in the Active Duty (Regular Army), Army National Guard or Army Reserves.

What is Army ROTC?
Army ROTC is a college elective that teaches you the skills needed for a successful career. Because it's an elective, you can try it out for the freshman and sophomore years without incurring any obligation to serve in the military. You will combine classroom time with hands-on-experience and learn leadership and management skills. If you decide to continue and are up to the challenge of leading in the world's best armed forces, you may continue advanced courses of Army ROTC while completing your degree. When you graduate, you are commissioned as an Army officer to serve in the Active Duty (Regular Army), Army National Guard or Army Reserves. Army ROTC experience will give you the confidence you need to be a success in college and beyond, whether you choose to pursue a career in the Army or in the civilian world. Come join us!

How much time does ROTC take?
There is not a significant time commitment for freshmen and sophomores.  For freshmen and sophomores, lecture classes meet two days a week. For juniors and seniors there is an additional two-hour practical application lab which meets once a week as well as a physical training class which meets two mornings each week.

The SBU Advantage

  • The ROTC instructors at SBU have many years of military experience as senior Army leaders.
  • Most of our instructors have been teaching ROTC for many years and have developed leadership specific methods to develop successful Army officers.
  • Most of our instructors have been deployed to operational areas such as Iraq or Afghanistan, which brings real world experience to the classroom.

Will ROTC conflict with my other classes?
No. Military Science courses are scheduled just like any other class. We have a planned curriculum that does not conflict with most college course requirements. If scheduling conflicts arise, the instructor will make every effort to work through it with you.

What do ROTC students do?  
ROTC students are mostly just like any other college student. They earn a four-year academic degree and learn to think and reason at the college level. Along the way they will learn leadership skills and have experiences that will set them apart from their peers. These skills and experiences will qualify them to become officers in the U.S. Army. Upon graduation, they are placed in job positions as Second Lieutenants, either on Active Duty (Regular Army), Army National Guard or Army Reserves.

Can I "major" in ROTC?
No. ROTC is taken for elective credit. However, depending upon your degree, you may choose to earn a minor in military science.

Can I participate in other activities while taking ROTC?
Yes! In fact, we highly encourage students to participate in other activities. We subscribe to the total person concept and want well-rounded individuals, scholars, and athlete leaders to lead the Army and the nation in the Twenty First century.

When does my participation in ROTC begin to incur a military service obligation?
For most students, it is the start of your junior year of college. This is when you decide whether or not you want to pursue a commission in the Army. At that time you would sign a contract with the U.S. Army. This applies to two-year scholarship students and all non-scholarship students in the program. A three-year or four-year scholarship winner becomes obligated at the start of their ROTC scholarship.

How can I find out more about ROTC?
Stop by the Department of Military Science, which is located in the Department of Behavioral Sciences offices in the Gott Education Center at SBU.

The ROTC program at SBU is an affiliate program of the Missouri State University (MSU) ROTC located in Springfield, MO.  You may call 417-836-5835 or 417-836-5791 or send an email to proberson@sbuniv.edu or dschenck@missouristate.edu to get specific information about the ROTC program at SBU.  You can also find more information about the host program at MSU on the web at http://www.missouristate.edu/milsci/.

Academic Schedule

Every Fall Semester

MIL 1161 Leadership Fitness - 1 hour (Attendance required for all contracted Cadets)
Development of individual fitness and acquisition of the skills necessary to lead group fitness training. (May be repeated)
MIL 101(1-2) Introduction to Military Science - 1-2 hours
History, organization and mission of the U.S. Army and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), rappelling techniques, basic rifle familiarization, map reading and understanding the role of the U.S. Army in today’s world.
MIL 211(1-2) Basic Military Skills and Techniques - 1-2 hours
Introduction to techniques of survival in various situations and climates, rappelling and pistol marksmanship.

MIL 3013 Military Leadership and Operations - 3 hours (Permission - Classes must be attended at MSU main campus- includes a required lab every Thursday)
Introduction to small unit tactics; principles of military leadership, to include theory, responsibilities, techniques and practice; branches of the U.S. Army, oral presentation techniques and practice. One field trip is required. This course may not be taken pass/not pass.
MIL 4113 Military Qualification Skills For the Advanced Cadet - 3 hours (Permission - Classes must be attended at MSU main campus- includes a required lab every Thursday)
Ethics and professionalism of the military officer; Army command staff functions; oral presentation techniques and practice; military leadership at junior officer level; world change and military obligations. One field trip is required. This course may not be taken pass/not pass.

Every Spring Semester

MIL 1161 Leadership Fitness - 1 hour (Attendance required for all contracted Cadets)
Development of individual fitness and acquisition of the skills necessary to lead group fitness training. (May be repeated)

MIL 102(1-2) Introduction to Basic Military Skills - 1-2 hours
Rifle marksmanship, advanced rappelling techniques, military radio and telephone communications, military leadership and basic military skills.
MIL 212(1-2) Military Fundamentals Practicum - 1-2 hours
The class is designed for the military science students who desire accelerated instruction on rifle marksmanship, rappelling, communications, map reading (to include the compass) and patrolling. The student will be required to wear a military uniform and meet Army appearance standards.
MIL 3023 Military Skills Building - 3 hours (Permission - Classes must be attended at MSU main campus- includes a required lab every Thursday)
Small unit tactics; applied military leadership (builds on knowledge gained in MIL 3013) with special emphasis on the junior leader’s duties and responsibilities. Two field trips are required. This course may not be taken pass/not pass.
MIL 4123 Transition from Cadet to Lieutenant - 3 hours (Permission - Classes must be attended at MSU main campus- includes a required lab every Thursday)
Military justice system; army supply and logistics procedures and responsibilities; officer management system; obligations and responsibilities of a military officer; military leadership at junior officer level. Two field trips are required. This course may not be taken pass/not pass.

Every Summer for MS 3023 completion students

MIL 3255 Advance Military Science Practicum - 3 hours (Also known as the Leadership Development and Assessment Course or Warrior Forge)
The 4-week course is conducted at Fort Knox, KY. The instruction, training and evaluation focuses on the professional development issues required to become an Army Officer. The primary focus is on evaluating the student’s leadership potential through this mentally and physically demanding camp. The training and evaluation are conducted seven days a week for six weeks and require active participation by all students. The student is placed in leadership positions which require him/her to lead up to 120 fellow students for extended periods of time.
 

Every Summer by competitive selection and permission only – an alternative for those who missed certain basic course requirements and otherwise qualified to enter the MIL 3013 course

MIL 225(1-5) Basic Military Science Practicum - 1-5 hours (Also known as the Leader’s Training Course – See video below)
A 4-week course conducted at Fort Knox, KY. The training is rugged and intensive with emphasis placed on leadership application, practical work and physical conditioning. Training will be conducted six days a week out-of-doors and requires active participation by all students.

The Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, KY is designed for incoming juniors, upon successful completion of the course; graduates can take part in ROTC as a third-year student in the four-year program.

Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, KY

Do you have what it takes?

Find out more by contacting your SBU ROTC instructor today to see if we can help you meet your academic and career goals.

Call (417) 836-4359 or (417) 399-0421 or email vmcallister@sbuniv.edu or email dschenck@missouristate.edu