ROTC Program ROTC Program





Professor: LTC Ferguson

Instructors: MAJ Staples, MSG Murray

ROTC Recruiter: Mr. Kent



ROTC attracts, motivates, and prepares select students who have the potential to serve as commissioned officers in the Regular Army, U.S. Army Reserves, and Army National Guard.


The professional training and educational offerings of the Department of Military Science aim to produce students who have the skills, knowledge and aptitude to perform the following duties as commissioned officers:

1. Understand the fundamental concepts and principles of military science;

2. Demonstrate leadership and managerial potential by controlling people, equipment and resources;

3. Demonstrate a strong sense of personal integrity, honor and individual responsibility;

4. Foster an appreciation of the requirements for national security;

5. Demonstrate an ability to execute missions given Army tasks, conditions and standards;

6. Demonstrate the physical abilities needed to perform to standard the Army Physical Fitness Test and other physical challenges as assigned.

Attainment of these objectives will prepare students for commissioning and will establish a sound basis for their future professional development and effective performance in the Army. Students receiving commissions as second lieutenants may go on active duty for three or four years or may request service with the National Guard or Army Reserves to fulfill their military obligation. To fulfill the National Guard or Army Reserve commitment, individuals apply to join a unit in their hometown or the locale to which they go after graduation. Generally, reserve component officers go to an officer basic course (four months) to learn their specific military skills. Students are not obligated to serve in the Army until they enter into an ROTC contract.

Programs Offered

Leadership, management, and adventure experiences are common to each Military Science program.

1. Four-year program: Open to all freshman students of good moral character; non-US citizens must have embassy approval prior to enrolling. The freshman- and sophomore-level courses do not obligate the student to the ROTC or military service (unless they enter into an ROTC contract).

2. Two-year program: Available to students who have completed their sophomore year of college or enrolled in first semester of graduate school. Most students eligible for the two-year program attend a four-week Leader's Training Course (LTC) prior to entering the MSC 301 course. LTC provides placement credit for MSC 101, 102, 201 and 202 to six elective credit hours toward graduation. Students will receive approximately $800 for graduating LTC.

3. Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP): Students who are members of the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard may receive placement credit for MSC 101, 102, 201 and 202. Provided they meet all other conditions for enrollment, they can enroll in MSC 301. SMP students remain with their Reserve or Guard unit and are paid at the rate of an E-5, Sergeant (approximately $275 per month) from their unit while simultaneously participating in ROTC. SMPs may be eligible for state or federal tuition assistance (see unit clerk). Students receive a personal allowance worth $450-$500/month ($4,500-$5,000/year) for juniors and seniors respectively. These students may also be eligible for the Montgomery G.I. Bill & Kicker. Non-scholarship students may participate in the SMP once accepted for enlistment in the Army Reserve or National Guard and attaining sophomore academic status.

4. Veterans: Military veterans may be allowed placement credit for MSC 101, 102, 201 and 202. Provided they meet all other conditions for enrollment, they can enroll in MSC 301.

5. Junior ROTC graduates: Graduates of Junior ROTC programs in high school, junior college, or military schools may be given placement credit for MSC 101, 102, 201 and 202. Provided they meet all other conditions for enrollment, they can enroll in MSC 301 after attaining junior status.

Army ROTC Benefits

The Army ROTC Program at Lincoln University offers students many benefits.

1. Opportunity for a challenging, important, highly respected, and well-paid job in one of many professional fields. Army officers are given challenging leadership assignments in student-selected fields at home or abroad. Starting compensation is approximately $41,000 per year with annual salary increases and continual opportunities for promotion.

2. Scholarships. Qualifying students are eligible to compete for four-, three-, and two year ROTC scholarships. These scholarships pay for tuition, a $1200/year book allowance, and most other mandatory fees. Some ROTC scholarship recipients are awarded the Lincoln ROTC performance grant-in-aid which covers room and board costs for on-campus housing.

3. Students (scholarship and non-scholarship) accepted into the advanced program (MS III and IV) of Army ROTC receive approximately $4500 and $5000/year tax-free personal allowance.

4. Two career choices: Students receiving commissions as second lieutenants have the option of requesting three years active duty or eight years with the Army Reserves.

5. Competitive Benefits: In addition to competitive salaries, military officers receive a tax-free on-post housing allowance, 100% paid medical and dental coverage, 30 days paid vacation/year, world-wide travel, reduced-price shopping.

6. Training in leadership and personnel management: Regardless of an officer's area of study, the ability to work effectively with people is a key to personal satisfaction, effective service, and career advancement. Military Science provides constant student leadership assignments that provide hands-on experience in planning, supervising, training, counseling, and decision making.

7. Opportunity for additional training and travel: Cadets can compete for additional military training throughout the United States and overseas. Officers may receive several assignments overseas allowing them to vacation in these countries when they have time off. Low-cost space available travel is possible on military aircraft worldwide.

8. Multiple extracurricular and social activities: The Department of Military Science sponsors the Ranger Challenge Team, Color Guard, Drill Team, and Military Ball.

9. A meaningful contribution to the defense of freedom and democracy of the United States of America.

10. Opportunities to earn an advanced degree with government assistance/expense.

11. Career opportunities in over 23 fields and specialties.

12. Leadership Development Laboratories: A unique feature of the Military Science program is that leadership labs provide valuable hands-on experience that complements class instruction and enhances leadership skills. Uniforms are provided and must be worn to labs.

Required Courses

Major: None

Minor: Students wishing to minor in Military Science must complete the following courses: MSC 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, and 402 (total of 18 credit hours with a minimum grade of "C").

Course Descriptions

Listed courses may not be taught every semester or every year. The department head and departmental advisors have information about projected course offerings for a semester/year.

MSC 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (1 credit) An introduction to Army ROTC leadership qualities and responsibilities. Emphasis on development of individual skills through committee-taught, performance-oriented leadership development subjects. Instruction is centered around marksmanship, adventure education and self-development techniques.

MSC 102 MILITARY SKILLS (1 credit) An introduction to the use of the basic military skill of map reading and land navigation.

MSC 103 RANGER TRAINING (1 credit) A course focusing on Army tactics and techniques required in the Ranger Challenge competition. Extensive and intensive physical activity consisting of running, throwing, shooting, rappelling, etc.

MSC 106 LEADERSHIP LABORATORY (1 credit) Development of tactical skills, military planning, drill and ceremonies, and land navigation. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MSC 101 or 102.

MSC 201 ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP SUBJECTS (2 credits) An introduction to self development/human relations and assertiveness techniques and practical application of these skills in leadership roles. Focus is on development through the application of interpersonal communications techniques, practical work with role play exercises, and learning through involvement.

MSC 202 INTRODUCTION TO TACTICS AND OPERATIONS (2 credits) A study of the fundamentals of small unit tactics and the application of leadership to changing situations.

MSC 203* LEADERSHIP EQUIVALENCY (6 credits) Completion of Leaders Training Course (LTC) or equivalent. LTC is a four-week summer field training program designed to evaluate students' abilities to handle themselves and others in new and demanding situations. Subjects include fundamentals of soldiering, including physical training, marksmanship, tactical operation, map reading and orienteering. This course is equivalent to the basic course (MSC 100 & 200). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MSC 204 LEADERSHIP LABORATORY (1 credit) Development of tactical skills, military planning, drill and ceremonies, and land navigation. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MSC 201 or 202.

MSC 301 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT I (3 credits) Develops principles and techniques of leadership and management. Course provides an introduction and practical application in first aid, nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) operations, tactical communication and an introduction to infantry weapons. Prerequisites: MSC 101, 102, 201, 202, or their equivalent or approval of the Professor of Military Science.

MSC 302 ADVANCED TACTICS (3 credits) Development of intermediate techniques of leadership and management, tactical operations exercises, introduction to wire and radio communications, NBC operations, infantry weapons systems and the psychology of leadership. Prerequisite: MSC 301 or approval of the Professor of Military Science.

MSC 303 LEADERSHIP LABORATORY (3 credits) Development of tactical skills, military planning, drill and ceremonies, and land navigation. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MSC 301 or 302.

MSC 304 NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES (3 credits) International relationships of the United States and its allies and the study of current events as they apply to foreign policy. Prerequisite: Approval of the Professor of Military Science.

MSC 401 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT II (3 credits) Develop proficiency in leadership and management skills with emphasis on duties and obligations of an officer. Introduces students to basic concepts of military law and develops an understanding of training management. Prerequisites: MSC 301 and 302 or approval of the Professor of Military Science.

MSC 402 FUNDAMENTALS AND DYNAMICS OF THE MILITARY TEAM (3 credits) Develop proficiency in using tactical management skills with emphasis on the role of Army staffs, staff estimates and plans, command and control, decision making, platoon operations, and practicum with Army ROTC Management Simulation Programs. Prerequisite: MSC 301 and 302 or approval of the Professor of Military Science.

MSC 403 MILITARY WRITING (3 credits) Improves student's ability to prepare effective staff studies, research papers and briefings. Prerequisite: Approval of the Professor of Military Science. (For BLS purposes, course may be considered CAPSTONE.)

MSC 404 LEADERSHIP LABORATORY (1 credit) Development of tactical skills, military planning, drill and ceremonies, and land navigation. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MSC 401 or 402.

MSC 410 MILITARY HISTORY (3 credits) A study of military commanders, strategies, and tactics. 1700-present. Prerequisite: Approval of the Professor of Military Science.

*To enroll in MSC 203, the student must 1) successfully complete a U.S. Army-approved physical examination; 2) be a U.S. citizen; 3) not have completed or received placement credit for the Basic Course (MSC 101, 102, 201 and 202, or 3 years JROTC, or prior service); 4) have a minimum of 2 years of academic undergraduate or graduate work remaining; and 5) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The student who enrolls in MSC 203 is provided transportation to and from LTC, fees, room and board, as well as approximately $800 in pay and allowances. Attendance at the LTC qualifies the student for the Army ROTC advanced course when taken in lieu of the Basic Course requirement.

Additional information:

1. Students enrolled in Military Science may acquire additional adventure training through the ROTC Ranger Program.

2. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for all contracted students enrolled in Military Science courses. The lab includes practical training in leadership, drill and ceremonies, operations and planning, organizing, controlling, coordinating and conducting various military tactical and administrative exercises. The lab is conducted on Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

3. All advanced course students are required to attend a 32-day leadership practicum course during the summer months between the junior and senior years. This practicum is called "Leader Development and Assessment Course" and is usually conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. All expenses are paid for by the Army which includes transportation from Lincoln University or home of record to camp and return, food, housing, and clothing.

4. All contracted students enrolled in advanced ROTC receive a subsistence allowance of $300 - $500 per month ($3,000 - $5,000 per year) for freshmen through seniors respectively.

5. Physical training (PT) is required for all contracted cadets.

Professional Military Education Requirements Necessary for Commissioning

In addition to completion of Military Science degree requirements and the Leaders Development and Assessment Course, a student must demonstrate proficiency in Military History by completing one of the following recommended courses: Military History, American History I, American History II, War in American Society, Civil War and Reconstruction, 20th Century Europe, Modern Germany, or Modern United States. Alternate courses with the permission of Professor of Military Science.