Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

LTC Jason R. Posey
Professor of Military Science
Office: Room 102, 1st Floor, Middleton Hall
Telephone: 662-325-3503
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5447, Mississippi State, MS 39762

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps is under the administrative and academic supervision of the College of Arts and Sciences. Army ROTC (Military Science) courses are indicated by the prefix MS; All ROTC courses are bona fide University courses. The total number of ROTC hours allowed as elective credit toward a specific degree varies.

Most schools and colleges at the University accept six (6) or more hours of ROTC courses offered toward degrees conferred. The advanced ROTC courses are options for meeting social/behavioral science core requirements. A student should contact the appropriate college, school, or department to determine allowable ROTC course credit toward a particular degree.

Purpose and Objectives

The general objective of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps is to develop in each student: (1) a basic understanding of associated professional knowledge necessary to be an officer in the US Armed Forces; (2) a strong sense of personal integrity, individual responsibility and honor; and, (3) an appreciation of the requirements of national security.

The Army ROTC Basic Course is designed to give the first and second year ROTC student an introduction to the Army and its career opportunities without incurring any obligation on the part of the student. The Advanced Course (third and fourth years) stresses the military skills and knowledge, and interpersonal skills required of commissioned officers of the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

Army Program

The Basic and Advanced Courses consist of 4 semesters each as shown below. See the "Military Science Courses" section of this catalogue for class descriptions.

Basic Courses
Course Number Course Title
Total of 10 hours
MS 1112 Leader Development 1
MS 1122 Leader Development 2
MS 2113 Advanced Leadership
MS 2123 Tactics & Officership
Advanced Courses
Course Number Course Title
Total of 14 hours
MS 3113 Advanced Military Skills I
MS 3123 Advanced Military Skills II
MS 4114 Leadership Challenge & Goal Set
MS 4124 Transition to Lieutenant

Professional Military Education (PME).

In addition to the above, each cadet must complete, as a minimum, one university approved course in each of the following subject areas; Written Communication Skills, Human Behavior, Military History (HI 4233), Computer Literacy, and Math Reasoning. The PME requirement is normally achieved by the cadet as part of a normal course of study. Students should coordinate with a Military Science instructor to determine a course of action to complete the PME requirement.

Requirements for commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army include twenty-nine days at the Cadet Leadership Course (normally between the junior and senior years), completion of the Advanced Course, satisfactory academic progress, and the recommendation of the Professor of Military Science (PMS).

Entrance Requirements

Basic Course

The Army Basic Course is an elective course requiring only that the individual be a full time student and a legal U. S. citizen. ROTC credit hours earned at other universities are transferable.

Advanced Course

Entrance into the Advanced Course is on a selective and competitive basis. The primary requirements for entry into the advanced program are satisfactory completion of the basic course or equivalent, good academic standing, demonstrated leadership ability, an approved physical examination and completion of 60 semester hours of college credit.

Two-Year Program.

Equivalent credit for the basic course may be obtained by students with 54 semester hours of college credit or more for direct enrollment in the advanced course, based on any one of the following.

  1. Satisfactory completion of the four week Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) This basic summer camp is primarily intended for students who could not obtain the basic ROTC course during the freshman and sophomore years.
  2. At least 180 days of honorable service or active duty for training with the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard.
  3. Substitute credit, which in varying amounts may be derived from attendance at service academies, junior ROTC courses, and National Defense Cadet Corps training.
  4. Successful completion of Basic Combat Training with the Army Reserve or the National Guard.

Interested students should consult the PMS during their first sophomore semester but not later than their junior year. Graduate students should apply prior to starting graduate work.

Simultaneous Membership program (SMP). Students who are members of a National Guard or Army Reserve unit may qualify for direct entry into the Army ROTC Advanced Course. Consult the PMS for additional information concerning the financial benefits of this program.

Summer Training

MS 2256 Cadet Initial Entry Training

The Army Cadet Initial Entry Training course can be used by students desiring to enter the Advanced Course who are not eligible for advanced placement under any other process (e.g. Basic Course, veteran, four years of junior ROTC, completion of Basic Training, etc). The course is four weeks long and incurs no military obligation for attendance. The course is a substitute for the two year Basic Course. Students attending may compete for Army scholarships.

MS 3376 Cadet Leadership Course

The twenty-nine day Cadet Leadership Course is required of all students enrolled in the Advanced Course and is normally attended between the junior and senior year.

Uniforms and Equipment

Uniforms and textbooks are issued without cost to students. However, all equipment and textbooks must be returned to the ROTC Department upon departure of the student, and any such article lost or damaged other than by fair wear and tear, must be paid for by the students. Each student enrolled in ROTC is responsible for the maintenance of his/her uniform. Students who fail to clear their accounts before leaving the institution will have their university records placed on hold.

Pay and Allowances

On Campus. Each student enrolled in the Army Cadet Leadership Course is paid a monthly subsistence allowance by the Federal Government of $450.00 per month for juniors and $500.00 per month for seniors.

Summer Training. While at the Leadership Training Course, the student receives pay at the rate of $26.42 per day (approximately $792.60 per month) less applicable taxes. Students attending the Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) also receive pay at the rate of $28.19 per day (approximately $845.70 per month) less applicable taxes.

Army ROTC Scholarship Program

The Army awards ROTC scholarships to outstanding students each academic year. Army ROTC scholarships are for periods of two, three, or four years. They pay tuition, fees, books, and laboratory expenses incurred by the cadet and provide up to $500 per month subsistence allowance to the cadet for the duration of the scholarship (except during the summer). Additionally, 4-year Scholarship Winners and 3-year Designees that attend MSU may receive up to $2000 for room and board. There are also 4 year Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarships for students wanting to serve in the National Guard after commissioning. The amount of the award depends on the number of scholarship winners and designees that attend MSU. All contracted cadets can compete for a scholarship. Both men and women are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

High school students should consult their guidance counselors early in September or October of their senior year to apply for the four year scholarships. College sophomores with a 2.5 GPA and greater who otherwise qualify may be eligible for a 2-year scholarship.


Accepting a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army incurs a service obligation of 8 years. This period may be served in a variety of ways to include: Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, Individual Ready Reserve or a combination of these.

Military Science Courses

Office: 1st Floor, Middleton Hall

  • MS 1112. Introduction to ROTC. (2)
  • Fall semester. One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Increases self-confidence through team study and activities in basic drill, physical fitness, rappelling, first aid, and basic marksmanship. Students learn fundamental concepts of leadership.
  • MS 1122. Introduction to Leadership. (2)
  • Spring Semester. One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Applies principles of effective leadership, develops communications skills to improve individual performance and group interaction, and relates organizational ethical values to the effectiveness of leaders.
  • MS 2113. Advanced Leadership. (3)
  • Fall semester. Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Applies leadership and problem-solving principles to complex case studies/simulations. Examines principles of subordinate motivation and organizational skills.
  • MS 2123. Tactics and Officership. (3)
  • Spring Semester. Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Introduces basic tactics. Examines national and Army values. Applies principles of ethical decision-making. Examines the legal and historical foundations, duties and functions of officers.
  • MS 2256. Cadet Initial Entry Training. (6).
  • (The equivalent of MS 1112, MS 1122, MS 2122; or MS 1113 and MS 2223). Summer leadership training course designed to introduce students to all facets of the military with a focus on understanding traditional military leadership values. (Summer)
  • MS 3113. Advanced Military Skills I. (3)
  • (Prerequisites: MS 1112, MS 1122, MS 2112, and MS 2122 or instructor's consent.) Fall semester. Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Detailed instruction on problem solving, squad offensive and defensive tactics, to include specialized operations. Additional instruction in leadership and operations orders.
  • MS 3123 Advanced Military Skills II. (3)
  • (Prerequisite: MS 1112, MS 1122, MS 2112, MS 2122, MS 3113 or instructor's consent.) Spring Semester. Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Advanced instruction on platoon tactical operations and small unit patrolling. Discussion on the operation and employment of weapons in the platoon.
  • MS 3376. Cadet Leadership Course. (6)
  • (Prerequisite: MS 3113 and MS 3123). Summer leadership training course designed to train and to evaluate cadet's leadership ability and officer potential. (Summer)
  • MS 4000. Directed Individual Study.
  • Hours and credits to be arranged. Maximum of six hours.
  • MS 4114/6114. Leadership Challenges and Goal-Setting. (4)
  • (Prerequisite: Military Science Status or consent of instructor). Fall semester. Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Plan, conduct and evaluate activities of the ROTC organization. Develop confidence in skills to lead people and manage resources. Apply Army policies and programs.
  • MS 4124/6124. Transition to Lieutenant. (4)
  • (Prerequisite: Military Science Senior Status or consent of instructor). Spring Semester. Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Theory and practice of the laws of war, leadership, and resolving ethical problems.