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Department of Military Science (Army ROTC)

Department of Military Science - Army

William Neal Reynolds Coliseum
2411 Dunn Ave.
NC State Box 7309
Raleigh, NC  27695-7309
Phone:  919-515-0863 

The mission of the Army ROTC Program is to train college men and women to become commissioned officers in sufficient numbers to meet Active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard requirements.

Program of Instruction

The Army ROTC program consists of a voluntary Basic Course (freshmen and sophomore level) and a two-year Advanced Course (junior and senior level) that includes a four-week Cadet Leaders Course in the summer prior to the senior year. One may enter the Advanced Course without participating in the Basic Course by any of the following methods:

  • Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP): Members of Reserve or National Guard units may take advantage of this program and, if accepted, enroll directly into the Advanced Course. SMP participants will be assigned to a unit near NC State or home for part-time monthly officer training and will receive the ROTC Advanced Course subsistence payment of $450 per month for Juniors and $500 for Seniors, plus approximately $200 per month for the one weekend of Reserve or Guard training. In addition, two weeks of Annual Training will be required for which the individual will receive full pay.
  • Prior Service: Service veterans are eligible for placement into the Advanced Course.
  • Leader’s Training Course (LTC): Successful completion of the four-week basic summer camp, held at Ft. Knox, Kentucky is an alternative to the Basic Course. Students with strong academic credentials may receive a scholarship after completing this course.
  • Transfer Credit: Students entering as transfer students from other institutions may receive credit for work completed at other Senior ROTC units.
  • Junior ROTC: Students who have participated in a Junior ROTC in high school may receive placement credit as determined by the Professor of Military Science.


All full-time freshmen and sophomores may enroll in any Military Science Basic Course offering without obligation to the Army. To be eligible for participation in the Advanced Course, applicants must be in good academic standing and demonstrate satisfactory performance in the Basic Course. Additionally, applicants for commissioning must be able to be commissioned by their 30th birthday. An age waiver may be obtained as long as the individual will be commissioned prior to his/her 32nd birthday. A student must have a minimum of two years remaining as a full-time student at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Professional Military Education

There are five Professional Military Education (PME) courses which must be taken or have an approval of a waiver obtained for them. All but one content area (Military History) are automatically met by completion of the university's General Education Distribution Requirements. PME requirements must be completed or waived prior to commissioning.

Delays for Graduate Study

Qualified ROTC graduates may delay their entry into active service in order to obtain advanced academic degrees. Fellowships for advanced academic study are available to selected ROTC graduates, allowing up to two years of graduate study while receiving full pay and allowances plus payment for tuition, all fees, textbooks, and required supplies.

Financial Aid

Army scholarships of two to four years which pay for tuition, all fees and textbooks are available on a competitive basis to students who are strongly motivated and academically qualified. Students in the Advanced Course who are preparing for commissioning receive a subsistence allowance of $450 per month for Juniors and $500 per month for Seniors (tax free) up to a maximum of $4500. All Advanced Course cadets are paid approximately one-half the basic pay of a second lieutenant while attending the four-week Cadet Summer Training, plus travel allowances to and from camp.

Service Opportunities

Scholarship recipients may serve four years active duty upon commissioning or eight years in the United States Army Reserve or National Guard. Service consists of one weekend drill per month and two weeks annual training.

Program Features

Army ROTC classes are unique, offering instruction and a practical, working knowledge of leadership. Students are challenged early in the ROTC training to enable them to develop sound judgment, the desire to achieve, acceptance of responsibility, personal confidence, and to learn the principles of personnel management. The primary vehicle for this training during the academic year is Leadership Laboratory, where cadet officers and non-commissioned officers conduct instruction under the supervision of the Department of Military Science’s faculty. The intensive Cadet Summer Course is extremely effective in developing an individual emotionally, mentally and physically. All Army ROTC training is focused on preparing the student to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s society, whether in a military or civilian career.

Distinguished Military Students

The University names outstanding Army ROTC students as Distinguished Military Graduates.


Uniforms for contracted Cadets are provided by the federal government.

Departmental Offices

Our Administrative Office is located at the Reynolds Coliseum at 2411 Dunn Ave.

Professor of Military Science

MAJ Andrew Sinden


CPT Cedric Cato
APMS/MSI Instructor

SFC Ashley Dwyer
National Guard Recruiter/ Career Counselor

CPT Joseph Fix
APMS/MSIII Instructor

SFC Michael McDevitt
Operations/Training NCO/MSII Instructor

SSG Gerardo Salazar
MSI Instructor/ Human Resources


Mr. Stephen Johnson
Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Robert Newman
Supply Technician

Mr. Anthony Ward
Human Resources Technician

MS - Military Science Courses

MS 101 Introduction to Leadership and Values I 1.
Prerequisite: Freshman standing or Sophomore standing.

This course introduces students to fundamental components of service as an officer in the United State Army. Initial lessons form building blocks of progressive lessons in values, fitness, leadership and officership. Classroom instruction includes"life skills" including physical and mental fitness, communication theory, and interpersonal relationships. Upon completion, students will be prepared to receive more complex leadership instruction.

MS 102 Basic Military Leadership 1.

Familiarizes students with the fundamentals of map reading, land navigation techniques, small unit tactics and leadership, personal goal setting, Army Leadership and values, ethical decision making as well as Army basics.

MS 201 Intermediate Leadership Theory I 2.

Instruction is orientated on communication and leadership theory using practical exercise to apply communications and leadership concepts. Critical "life skills" and their relevance to success in the Army are stressed. Upon completion of this course, students will understand fundamental principles of leadership, and be prepared to intensity practical application in subsequent coursework.

MS 202 Intermediate Leadership Theory II 2.
Prerequisite: MS 101.

This course focuses on the purpose, roles, and obligations of commissioned officers. Coursework will include origins of Army institutional values and practical application in decision making and leadership. Upon completion of this course, studentswill possess and understanding of leadership and officership, demonstrate the ability to apply these skills, and be prepared for the Advanced Military Science Program.

MS 295 Special Topics in Military Leadership 3.

Intensive supervised study in applied military leadership and management in an organization or historically applied scenario. Departmental approval required.

MS 301 Military Leadership and Training Management 3.
Prerequisite: ROTC advanced course cadet.

Organizational leadership and processes in the Army; leadership activities and key management functions. Management and conduct of group training activities.

MS 302 Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations 3.
Prerequisite: ROTC Advanced Course Cadets.

This course covers the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, students will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Field Training Exercise (FTX). Students will write peer evaluations and receive feedback on his/her abilities as a leader and how to improve those leader skills that can further develop into a successful Army Officer.

MS 401 Advanced Military Science - Leadership and Systems Management 3.
Prerequisite: MS 301, MS 302.

A course designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of staff operations and procedures, military correspondence, and the U.S. Army training management system. Also included are the Officer Personnel Management and Officer Evaluation Report systems (OPMS/OER), the Army logistics system, mobilization and deployment, and intelligence/electronic warfare.

MS 402 Advanced Military Science - Military Justice, Ethics and Professionalism 3.
Prerequisite: MS 401.

The role of military justice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and the procedures for accomplishing certain legal actions. Ethics and professionalism of the officer corps. Also included are counseling techniques and continued preparation for the transition from cadet to commissioned officer. Emphasis on student interaction and small group exercise practical application.

MS 495 Special Topics in Military Science 3.

Individualized readings/research of Company Command level issues and implementation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, DOD Policies, and additional duties required of company grade officers. Departmental approval required-advanced course students only.