About ROTC

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Truman State University

The U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a first-class leadership development program offering an unparalleled opportunity for personal development. It is a minor in leadership that compliments any academic field of study. The program requires only a few hours each week and offers hands-on leadership and management training that develops the confidence and discipline needed to succeed in any field. Students are prepared for success—be it in the Army or civilian occupation. Truman graduates receive not only a degree but also a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Assignment into the Reserves may be guaranteed and allows the pursuit of a civilian career.

ROTC Scholarships

ROTC is one of the Nation’s leading sources of college scholarships. These scholarships are awarded on merit, not financial need. Army ROTC Scholarships pay full tuition and on-campus educational expenses—plus a flat rate ($1200 yearly) for textbooks, classroom supplies and materials. Scholarship students also receive a $300-$500 stipend per school month for the duration of their scholarship. This adds up to $47,200-$68,800 worth of education money depending on in-state or out of state status and duration of scholarship.

Four-Year Scholarships – High School Seniors and Juniors interested in 4-year Army ROTC scholarships can find more information or apply online at www.goarmy.com/rotc or call 1-800-USA-ROTC. They can also contact Justin Hirniak, ROTC Enrollment/Scholarship Officer,  for assistance in applying for a scholarship. We can also enhance these scholarships with room and board incentives for four-year and three-year Advanced Designee scholarship winners. The student must have a minimum ACT of 25 and maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to earn and retain this incentive.

ROTC Courses

Basic Course
During student’s freshman and sophomore years they can participate in the ROTC Basic Course. Enrollment can be on a trial basis for up to two years with no obligation

 MS 100/101 Introduction to Military Science I/II
Basic leadership skills and development, basic military skills, adventure training as well as life skills are emphasized. Together these courses fulfill the Personal Well- Being as an Essential Skill requirement.

MS 200/201 Perspectives in Leadership I/II
Emphasis is on developing leadership skills and self-confidence. Students learn and practice leadership techniques and study communications skills, human behavior, motivation, ethics, counseling, and general principles of organizational and individual leadership. MS 201 also meets the Writing Enhanced Requirement.

Leader’s Training Course
Students without ROTC Basic Course credit (MS 100/101, 200/201) can experience the Army, qualify for Advanced Course entry, and earn a 2-year scholarship. This program is a leadership oriented, challenging, and motivating 4-week summer program. Truman students can receive up to $1200 and seven credit hours to include “Personal Well Being” as an essential skill credit upon completion of the Leader’s Training Course.

Advanced Course
As juniors and seniors, students can continue in the ROTC program by enrolling into the Advanced Course. Upon completion of the Advanced course the university recognizes a minor in Military Science.

MS 300/301 Military Leadership Development/ Advanced Leadership Development
Leadership Practicum in management, decision-making and problem solving in small group situations. Emphasis is placed on basic military leadership, tactical and technical skills development. (Preparation for Advanced Camp)

Leadership Development and Assessment Course
Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) provides the best possible, professional training and evaluation for all cadets. The primary focus at LDAC is to assess each cadet’s leadership potential. Cadets attend this camp the summer after their junior year. Truman students receive six credit hours upon completion of LDAC.

MS 400/401 Seminar: Leadership & Management/ Advanced Seminar: Leadership & Management
Advanced leadership skills, counseling, personal management, training management, written and oral communications, and military skills are emphasized. Stress is also placed on professional and personnel ethics, personal finance planning, the military logistical system, and Military Law.

ROTC Extracurricular Activities

Truman ROTC sponsors many on-campus organizations, including ranger challenge and buddy challenge teams, Color guard/Cannoneer team, Recondo Club, and Sharpshooters. All of our teams are highly competitive, the 2011 Ranger Challenge Team placed first in the regional competition. ROTC members also participate in community service programs throughout the year.

For more information, contact:
Justin Hirniak
ROTC Enrollment/Scholarship Officer
Truman State University