Military Science Programs at Truman State University
Each of our military science programs provides students with leadership, management, and adventure experiences.
- Four-Year Progression Programs
Open to all freshmen students of good moral character. The freshmen- and sophomore-level courses do not obligate the student to the ROTC or military service.
- Lateral Entry Programs
Available for students who have completed their freshman/sophomore year of college. Most students eligible for this program attend a four-week Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) prior to entering the MS 300 level course. This course provides placement credits for MS 100, MS 101, MS 200, and MS 201 military science courses and 7 credits toward graduation.
- Nursing Students
Nursing students may participate in either the four-year or two-year Nursing program. All Nursing students may participate in the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) during the summer between their junior and senior year. The NSTP is a clinically focused practicum designed to provide Nursing students valuable clinical experience and further refine leadership, clinical and administrative nursing skills alongside an Army Nurse Corps officer. All Nursing students who complete either the two- or four-year Nursing program receive a commission as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps.
- Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
Students who are members of the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard may receive placement credit for MS 100, MS 101, MS 200, and MS 201 and enrollment in the MS 300-level courses provided they meet all other conditions for enrollment. SMP students remain with their Reserve or Guard unit and receive Sergeant’s pay of $279 per month, plus the Montgomery GI Bill benefit of $333 per month, Montgomery GI Bill Kicker of $350 per month and up to 100% tuition assistance while simultaneously participating as an ROTC cadet at Truman and receiving an additional $350 per month ROTC subsistence allowance. Two- and four-year non-ROTC scholarship students may also participate in the SMP once enrolled in MS 300 and are accepted for enlistment in the Army Reserve or National Guard.
Military veterans may be allowed placement credit for MS 100, MS 101, MS 200, and MS 201 and enrollment in the MS 300-level courses, provided they meet all other conditions for enrollment in the ROTC Program.
- Junior ROTC Graduates
Graduates of Junior ROTC programs in high school, junior college, or military schools may be given placement credit for MS 100, MS 101, MS 200, and MS 201 and can be enrolled in the MS 300-level courses, provided they meet all other conditions for enrollment in the ROTC program.