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4-Year Program

The 4-year Army ROTC program is made up of a basic course and an advanced course.

Basic Course

The basic course is taken during the first 2 years of college. It covers subjects such as organizational behavior, leadership, management, ethics, writing, public speaking, military affairs, and tactics. All necessary textbooks, classroom materials, uniforms, and other equipment are furnished at no cost. Students who have completed the basic course; have met academic, physical, and medical standards; and have the potential to serve as officers may enter the advanced course.

The basic course is composed of a total of 4 courses. A student may enter the basic course at one of 3 points (if eligible).

1. Entering First-Semester First-Year Students (4 hours)

First semester: ARMY 101 1
Second semester: ARMY 102 1
Third semester: ARMY 201 1
Fourth semester: ARMY 202 1

2. Entering Second-Semester First-Year Students (3 hours)

First semester: ARMY 102 1
Second semester: ARMY 101 and ARMY 201 2
Third semester: ARMY 202 1

3. Entering Third Semester (Sophomore Year) (2 hours)

First semester: ARMY 101 and ARMY 102
Second semester: ARMY 201 and ARMY 202 2

Advanced Course

The advanced course normally is taken during the final 2 years of college. It offers instruction in military organization, tactics, military law, Army administration, and leadership. All necessary books, classroom supplies, uniforms, and other equipment are issued to students at no cost. During the summer between the junior and senior years of college, students must attend the Leadership Development and Assessment Camp, a fully paid, five-week training and evaluation course. LDAC gives each student the chance to practice for an extended period of time what they have learned in the classroom. All students contracted in the advanced course receive stipends from the government of up to $5,000 a year.

The advanced course is composed of a total of 4 courses.

First Year (6 hours)

First semester: ARMY 301 3
Second semester: ARMY 302 3

Second Year (6 hours)

First semester: ARMY 401 3
Second semester: ARMY 402 3
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2-Year Program

Students can receive credit for the basic course in 3 ways other than taking the 4 courses associated with the basic course. Students who complete the basic course by 1 of these alternate means can enroll in basic course classes but cannot enroll in the advanced course until they are academic juniors. Any upper-level student, junior through graduate, may earn a commission through the 2-year program. The 3 alternate ways to receive basic course credit are

  1. Successfully completing the basic enlisted training offered by any of the armed services.
  2. Successfully completing the ROTC Leadership Training Course held each summer (prerequisite to ARMY 301).
  3. Successfully completing at least 4 years of high school Junior ROTC.
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Professional Military Education Course

The following course is required for commissioning:

Military History. Gain an understanding of the evolution of warfare, military theory, the military profession, and the place of military institutions in American society. The requirement can be met by successfully completing a history course focusing on either a major war or on military history in general. ROTC courses also meet this requirement.

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Army ROTC offers 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships to qualified students. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students with outstanding academic and leadership abilities. These scholarships pay for all tuition, required fees, $1,200 a year for books and other supplies, and a stipend of up to $5,000 a year. Special consideration is given to students who major in nursing, engineering, or the sciences. The Kansas Army National Guard offers numerous educational benefits such as the Board of Regents Scholarship.

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Army National Guard and Army Reserve Students

Students who are members of the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve may enroll in Army ROTC classes and be members of their units at the same time. Once students enter a contractual agreement as early as their sophomore year, they can remain members of their units under the Simultaneous Membership Program. These students are still eligible for all military benefits they have earned under enlisted contract such as Tuition Assistance, GI Bill, and drill pay; additionally, they may compete for guaranteed reserve forces designated ROTC scholarships if they commit to commissioning to the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

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