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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Military Science

U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

LTC Stephen Peterson, Chairperson and
Professor of Military Science


Tennessee Technological University hosts a Senior Division of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). The objective of this ROTC  is to transform enrolled students into leaders of character that thrive in chaos  to serve as Commissioned Officers in the Army Reserve, National Guard, and Active Army. The Lower Division curriculum  provides the student with an appreciation of the responsibilities of each American toward National Defense. The Upper Division curriculum develops the world’s premier leaders in the United States Army.

Institutional Requirements

Military Science is voluntary for all students. Students incur no military obligation by attending Lower Division  Military Science classes during their freshman and/or sophomore years.

Senior ROTC Program

The General Military Science curriculum is in effect at this University. Classes in Military Science for the Upper and the Lower Division are offered during both Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Senior Division ROTC Program includes four years of college work and is divided into (1) Lower Division and (2) Upper Division.

  1. The Lower Division (Misson Set (MS) I and MS II) comprises the first two years of college ROTC, and each semester consists of classroom instruction and leadership laboratory.  Attendance at Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) for five weeks of summer training at Fort Knox may be required in order to start Upper Division.  Some field training on weekends is required. 
  2. The Upper Division (MS III and MS IV) comprises the last two years of college ROTC, and each year consists of three hours per week including classroom instruction and leadership application. Additionally, Physical Training and Leadership Labs are conducted for a total of four hours per week. Attendance at Cadet Leader  Course (CLC) of five weeks is required between the junior and senior years. Some field training on weekends is required. The Upper Division  culminates in commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation from the University.

Requirements for Commissioning

In order to receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Successfully complete the Lower and Upper Division course requirements. Lower Division requirements can be satisfied by completing MS 1010 , MS 1020 , MS 2010 , and MS 2020  or substituting previous military experience (See Paragraph: Credits For Previous ROTC Training or Active Military Service). The courses listed below constitute the Upper Division Advanced Course:
MS 3010   Fall Semester
MS 3020    Spring Semester
MS 3040  (Cadet Leaders Course) Summer
MS 4010   Fall Semester
MS 4020   Spring Semester
  In addition to the classes listed above, students enrolled in the Upper Division must take MS 3000 -01/MS 4000 -01 (Physical Training) each semester.
  1. Meet ROTC commissioning requirements, the Army’s Height/Weight standards and pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.
  2. In addition to the Lower and Upper Division Courses, the student must complete a military history course or two semesters of U.S. History. The student should confer with the Professor of Military Science to determine which course will satisfy this requirement.
  3. Meet graduation requirements.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The ROTC Program offers 4-year, 3-year, and 2-year scholarships to qualified students. Additionally, contracted students receive a monthly financial stipend of $300-$500 monthly. The Professor of Military Science offers a limited number of University dorm room scholarships for designated use. Advance course students and all scholarship students receive a monthly subsistence allowance during the school year. Students are also paid for the period of their attendance at the Cadet Initial Entry Training and the Cadet  Leaders  Course. National Army ROTC scholarship
applications can be made at

Enrollment Requirements

The general requirements for enrollment and continuance in ROTC are: (a) citizen of the United States, (b) physically and mentally qualified, (c) accepted by the university as a full-time student, (d) morally qualified, and (e) meet Army age requirements.

Enrollment in the Upper Division is not open to all students completing the Lower Division but only to those whose ROTC and academic records demonstrate that they will become quality Officers in the Army of the United States.

Students who transfer from colleges or universities without ROTC programs may attend a paid five-week Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) to meet the prerequisites of Upper Division.  Any students who desire to participate in this program should contact the Military Science Department prior to the end of their first semester.


Students may be disenrolled for failure to meet physical or academic standards, for disciplinary reasons, or for lack of Officer-like aptitudes. A student once formally enrolled in Upper Division may be discharged from the ROTC program in the event he/she is placed on academic probation by institutional authorities as the result of substandard academic grades.

Credits for Previous ROTC Training or Active Military Science

College credit is allowed for ROTC training successfully completed at other institutions.

Students who have completed Basic Training with any military service of the United States, to include Reserves and National Guard, may receive credit for Military Science courses, as jointly determined by the President of the University and the Professor of Military Science. Credit given will not exceed 8 hours of Basic Course credit. A student requesting credit for prior ROTC training or Active Military Service must obtain a certificate from the Professor of Military Science.

Minor in Military Science

A minor in Military Science is available to those students enrolled in and successfully completing six credit hours of Upper Division and a total of 15 elective credit hours of ROTC, Upper or Lower Division.

ROTC Special Activities

The Military Science department has clubs to promote special activities related to ROTC that include the Scabbard and Blade Society, Tech Rangers, Color Guard, Officer Christian Fellowship and Society of American Military Engineers.