Military Science Department
Truman’s Military Science Department offers programs that allow students to enhance their degrees with top leadership training and hands-on experience.
Military Science Minor
Open to all majors, the military science minor helps students develop strong leadership skills that can be applied to any career path.
Army ROTC at Truman
All Truman students can participate in Army ROTC, a leadership program that builds confidence and resiliency in preparation for future careers, both civilian and military. It can also help pay for college.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students pursuing a nursing major at Truman may participate in either the four-year or two-year Army 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 Army Nursing Program receive a commission as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps.
- 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.
Financial assistance for military science students can range from merit-based ROTC scholarships to credit for attending Cadet Initial Entry Training.
Military science students have access to a 45-foot rappel tower, a state-certified weapons firing range, 12 problem-solving/team-building obstacles, and multiple Land Navigation Courses.
Truman also has access to a small prior military base from the World War II-era with multiple buildings where we practice tactical leadership and team building.
The Military Science Department hosts events ranging from commissioning ceremonies to the Military Ball to the 5K Warrior Dash.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.