Underhill Building, Room 103
Phone: (415) 422-6405
- Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Williams
Chair, Professor of Military Science
- Major Joel Correa
Recruiting Operations Officer/Admissions/Scholarships
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) is a program
that enhances a normal college education by providing unique leadership
training and management experience. It helps develop the qualities
necessary for success in either a military or civilian career. Students
are given valuable opportunities to build for the future by earning a
college degree and an Army Officer's commission at the same time.
Army ROTC training establishes an essential difference
between ROTC and other college graduates. Army ROTC cadets are taught
to be leaders and are provided hands-on experience in managing physical,
financial, and human resources. Cadets often possess a higher level of
self-confidence than those who have not had the training to develop
superior decision-making abilities. Employers value these qualities in
the people they hire. and they value the experience that the Army gives
to employees who are not "fresh out of college." Graduates who
participated in ROTC frequently begin their civilian careers at a higher
level of responsibility than other college graduates, and often achieve
even higher levels of success.
Army ROTC offers four-, three- and two-year scholarships.
Currently, these scholarships pay full tuition costs as well as a flat
rate of $1,200 annually for textbooks and supplies. Each scholarship
includes a stipend of $300-$500 for ten months per year, each year the
scholarship is in effect. ($300 per month for Freshmen, $350 per month
for Sophomores, $450 per month for Juniors, $500 per month for Seniors).
Additionally, USF provides Room and Board grants for ROTC scholarship
Cadets (value of between $9,680 and $11,130).
A language incentive is also available for students wishing
to study the following languages: Arabic, Persian - Farsi, Persian -
Dari, Chinese - Mandarin, Pashtu, Urdu, Indonesian, Swahili, Hausa, and
Korean. Any scholarship Cadet that studies and passes courses in these
languages will receive an incentive of $100 per month for $100-level
courses, $150 per month for 200-level course, $200 per month for
300-level courses, and $250 per month for 400-level courses.
There are different types of scholarships available: Line
scholarships, Nurse Scholarships, and Language Scholarships. Students
who are nursing majors apply for a Nurse Scholarship. Students who are
interested in language study apply for Language Scholarships. Any
other majors of study (no restrictions) fall under a Line scholarship.
National Guard and Army Reserve scholarships are also
available. Included in these are the 3-yr Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty
Scholarship for either National Guard or Army Reserve. These
scholarships are for those students who wish to serve their country, but
want to work in the private sector on a regular basis.
The standard commissioning program consists of eight
semesters (four academic school years - not counting summers or
intercession) of course study. Each semester consists of a Military
Science course (one 90-minute class per week), a 2-hour Leadership Lab
(one time per week), and 2 to 3 Physical training sessions per week. One
3-day Field Training Exercise is held each semester.
Post-Commissioning Service Obligation
Once Cadets graduate from the University and commission as
2nd Lieutenants, they serve in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or
National Guard, depending on the scholarship contract they signed. The
benefits of no college debt and having a job waiting for you following
College cannot be underestimated.
The standard commissioning program consists of an
eight-semester course of study. The student completes four semesters of
lower-division courses (16 units): MILS - 101, MILS - 102, MILS - 201,
MILS - 202 , acquiring the basic academic and leadership skills
necessary for success at the upper-division level. In addition,
completion of MILS - 203 United States Military History (1 unit) is required
prior to graduation and commissioning.
Upon satisfactory completion of the lower-division
requirements, or meeting requirements for the basic course, the student
will enter the upper-division program, completing four semesters of
upper-division course work (16 units):MILS - 301, MILS - 302, MILS -
401, MILS - 402 plus CLC
Following successful completion of upper-division
requirements, the student will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in
the Army. Students who have at least four semesters of undergraduate or
graduate work remaining may enter the upper-division program by
receiving advanced placement credit for prior honorable military service
in any active or reserve component of the Armed Forces, or by
successful completion of CIET.
Professional Military Education Requirements
Prior to receiving a commission, the Military Science
student must obtain the baccalaureate degree and complete a minimum of
one course in each of three Professional Military Education (PME) areas.
Other courses may be substituted for the listed courses on a
case-by-case basis upon approval of the Professor of Military Science.
Contact the Enrollment Officer for a current list of PME requirements.
Post-commissioning Service Obligation
When students enter the upper-division program as contracted
cadets they agree to complete the ROTC program and to accept a
commission as an officer, followed by assignment to the active Army,
Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. The service obligation can be
satisfied by a combination of active duty, reserve duty (generally one
weekend per month, with an annual training period of two weeks), and
individual ready reserve (non-drilling) status. Programs are available
which guarantee reserve duty while the student pursues a civilian
career. Service obligations vary with the student's status.
Each student enrolled as a cadet participates in leadership
training. This weekly leadership laboratory emphasizes the application
of leadership theory and principles in a variety of on- and off-campus
activities, while reinforcing basic military skills instruction.
A variety of co-curricular activities are available to
students enrolled as cadets. These activities provide students with
additional leadership experience and public service.
Army ROTC Color Guard and Drill Team
Students plan, organize, and execute major social functions
and public service activities while building camaraderie within the
organization. Students also participate in precision marching and
intricate drills with rifles and colors (national and organizational
flags). This organization performs at major University functions and
sporting events (to include 49er and Giants games) as well as parades
and drill competitions throughout the Bay Area.
Ranger Challenge Team
Students undergo intensive military skills training with
emphasis on teamwork, tactical proficiency, physical stamina, and mental
toughness. Cadets also have the opportunity to compete for positions on
the Ranger Challenge Team, participating in a challenging
intercollegiate military skills competition with teams representing
universities from Arizona, Nevada, Utah, as well as from all over
Additional Training Opportunities for contracted cadets
include Airborne (Basic Parachutist) Qualification training, Air Assault
(Helicopter movement and assault) Qualification training, Mountain
Warfare (military mountaineering) Qualification training, Winter Warfare
(cold weather operations) Qualification training, United Kingdom
Officer Training Corps Exchange Program (selected cadets go to Cambridge
or London officer training program during the summer), Cadet Troop
Leadership Training Program (cadets are assigned to regular Army units
as officers to get first hand experience following CLC), Nurse Summer
Training program (nursing cadets are assigned to Army hospitals and
Medical Centers to work under the supervision of a registered nurse and
gain first hand experience following CLC).