Department of Military Science
Tuskegee University is authorized by the
Department of Defense as a senior division Reserve Officers Training
Corps (ROTC) unit. The Training Corps is organized into two parts--Army
and Air Force. The Reserve Officers Training Corps is an integral part
of the officer procurement programs for Reserve and Active forces to the
two services. The Army and Air Force programs at Tuskegee University
are both composed of two programs -- a Basic and an Advanced program.
Tuskegee University's Basic ROTC program is
totally voluntary. Qualified upper-class students may apply for and be
accepted into the advanced course. Provisions for selected junior
college graduates, transferees, and special students, are also available
to enter directly into the Advanced program. Students who are enrolled
in the Advanced program (3rd and 4th ROTC year) are paid at the rate of
$350-400 per month. Successful completion of the advanced program leads
to a commission as a second lieutenant in the Reserve or Active Armed
Forces. Students with prior military training should contact the
Department of Military Science, at the beginning of their first year of
enrollment at Tuskegee University.
Scholarships are available to selected
students who are motivated toward military service and who are enrolled
in ROTC programs. Four-year scholarships are awarded to qualified
graduating high school seniors. Each scholarship pays tuition,
laboratory expenses, and an allowance of $250-400 per month, for the
duration of the year. All scholarship students get free room and board
from the university.
Military textbooks are furnished for first
and second year ROTC students; third and fourth year ROTC students pay
for books through the university bookstore.
The mission of the Tuskegee University Army
ROTC Tiger Battalion is to commission the future leadership of the US
Army and to motivate young people to be better citizens. Military
Science has been a part of the Tuskegee University curriculum since
February 1919, when a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) unit
was established with Captain Russell Smith as the first Professor of
Military Science. Since progressing to a senior division unit in
September 1941, graduates of Tuskegee have gone on to become General
Officers. Achieving general officer rank in the Army is comparable to
attaining a vice presidential position in a major corporation, the
highest management levels of career government service, or the position
of mayor or city manager of a typical municipality. The military
accomplishments and contributions of Tuskegee graduates are rivaled by
few other institutions. The Tuskegee graduate who successfully completes
the Army ROTC program begins an Army career not only as a second
lieutenant with a highly competitive starting salary, but with a much
broader range of responsibility and authority than the graduate
embarking on a civilian career. An Army ROTC graduate, four years out of
college has earned an annual salary exceeding $43,000.
These Professional Military Education (PME)
electives are taken from a wide range of courses offered by the various
academic departments of the University. These courses are listed below.
Cadets must also demonstrate levels of
proficiency, established by the Department of the Army, in the subject
areas of higher mathematics, English, and reading through the Enhanced
Skills Training Program. Students not meeting these standards when
initially tested are given the opportunity to improve their skills in
these areas, at no cost, through a computer based program.
The Military Science curriculum is divided
into a Basic Course covering the first two years, and an Advanced Course
covering work of the last two years.
THE BASIC COURSE is
normally taken by the college student in his/her freshman and sophomore
years. As an alternative, a student may fulfill Basic Course
requirements by attending a four-week summer camp between his/her
sophomore and junior years. The first two years prepare and qualify the
student for the Advanced Course. The instruction in the freshman year is
known as Military Science I, requires two hours per week (one classroom
and one leadership lab period), and allows one credit hour per
semester. The purpose of this instruction is to introduce the student to
fundamental military knowledge: military customs and traditions;
familiarization with basic weapons, equipment, and techniques; military
organization and functions; and the techniques of leadership,
management, and command. The best qualified men and women who
successfully complete the Basic Course are selected for the Advanced
Course that leads to an Army officer's commission.
THE ADVANCED COURSE is designed to produce qualified officers for the Active Army, the United States Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard.
Students selected for the Advanced Course
must sign a contract, entailing an agreement to serve as a commissioned
officer upon completion of the Army ROTC program. As members of the US
Army Reserve, Advanced Course cadets receive a monthly subsistence
allowance of $350 (subject to change) for their last two years of
college. Admission to the Advanced Course in on a best qualified basis.
Advanced Course cadets must attend and successfully complete the
five-week National Advanced Leadership Camp, usually during the summer
between their junior and senior years. This camp is conducted at Fort
Lewis, WA. Cadets receive full pay while attending the camp plus a
travel allowance. Cadets having valid conflicts with their academic
curricula may defer attendance at summer camp until after completion of
their senior (MS IV) year. Upon successful completion of the Advanced
Course and PME requirements, the student may be commissioned as a second
lieutenant in one of the following branches: Adjutant General's Corps,
Air Defense Artillery, Armor, Aviation, Corps of Engineers, Field
Artillery, Finance Corps, Infantry, Military Intelligence, Chemical
Corps, Military Police Corps, Ordnance, Quartermaster Corps, Signal
Corps, and Transportation Corps.
Two-Year Program -- A basic
four-week summer training period after the sophomore or junior year
replaces the Basic Course required of students in the traditional four
year program. When a student with two years of college has been selected
for the program and has successfully completed the Leaders Training
Course, he/she is eligible for the ROTC Advanced Course in his junior
and senior years. The Advanced Course, which leads to an officer's
commission, is the same for students in either the four-year program or
the two-year program. Additionally, there are two other options for
students to qualify for the Advanced Course if attendance to the four
week Leaders Training Course is not feasible due to Academic
requirement, athletic camps, etc.
In addition to the pay provided during the
Advanced Course and the Advanced Summer Training Camp, the student
attending the Basic Summer Training Camp receives substantial pay and
allowances during the period of attendance and a travel allowance.
Financial Assistance Programs -- The Army ROTC scholarship program offers financial assistance for selected students.
On campus scholarships may be awarded for
either two or three years. The two and three-year scholarships are
awarded to students in the "enrolled in ROTC: and the non-enrolled ROTC"
categories. Three-year non-enrolled applicants must compress MS I and
MS II training into their sophomore school year. Two-year scholarships
are available to enrolled ROTC cadets who have completed the first two
years of ROTC. Two-year, non-enrolled scholarship winners must attend
the Leaders Training Camp in the summer preceding the final award of the
Scholarship selection is on a best qualified basis, as selected by a ROTC selection board.
The financial assistance includes tuition,
fees, laboratory expenses, a book allowance each semester and
subsistence allowance, ranging from $250 - $400 per month, for the
period that the scholarship is in effect. Students interested in an Army
ROTC scholarship should contact the Professor of Military Science as
soon as possible.
Distinguished Military Graduates: Any cadet
rated in the top 10% of cadets across the nation will be designated as
Distinguished Military Graduate.
Field Trips: Cadets are given the
opportunity to expand their classroom knowledge by participating in
field trips to local military installations. Trips will last from one to
three days and will be one of two types: visits to Active Army
organizations, to observe and learn the day-to-day operations of the
Army; training exercises wherein the cadet gets hands-on experience with
equipment and troop leading procedures.
Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT): Each
summer selected cadets are given the opportunity to work in Active Army
units as officer trainees. Valuable insights into the role and
responsibilities are gained by the students.
Cadets have numerous opportunities to
volunteer for specialized training that includes Airborne School at Fort
Benning, GA; Air Assault training at either Fort Rucker, AL or Fort
Campbell, KY. This training is strictly voluntary and based on quotas
allocated by the Department of the Army.
Graduate Education: Once a cadet completes
the Army ROTC Program and is commissioned, he/she may request a delay
from entry into active duty to complete professional Dental, Medical,
etc. work. This advanced education is pursued at the individual's own
Military Societies and Activities:
1. The National Society of Pershing Rifles:
Founded in 1894 by General of the Army John J. Pershing, the Society is a
military social fraternity committed to the highest ideals of
excellence in leadership and manhood. Tuskegee University Chapter is
Company P, 4th Regiment. This organization has traditionally formed the
"crack" drill team of the ROTC program from its members and given
performances at various locations throughout the South. The highlights
of each school year for members of Pershing Rifles are the annual drill
competition and attendance of members at the National Convention held in
one of the country's large cities. Membership is open to male students
enrolled who after one semester have attained a minimum 2.8 grade point
average. Members can be recognized by the blue and silver shoulder cord
(the distinctive badge of elite cadets) worn on the left shoulder of
their ROTC uniform.
2. Intercollegiate Rifle Team: In order to
inspire a wholesome spirit of rivalry between institutions, competitive
rifle matches are arranged with other university rifle teams. The rifle
team consists of one or more teams with five to nine members per team.
Membership is open to all students in good academic standing; however,
members are selected based on demonstrated interest and ability in rifle
3. Army ROTC Drill Team: An organization of
male and female students who learn the art of both standard and
precision military drill techniques. It offers the student an excellent
opportunity to refine his or her leadership skills. The Drill Team may
participate at several intercollegiate matches held at institutions in
the southeastern United States.
4. Ranger Challenge Team: The military
varsity sport consisting of highly competitive teams who compete against
22 other teams at the battalion and brigade levels of competition.
Participants receive the coveted "Ranger Challenge Tab."
Students enrolled in Army ROTC may satisfy
the physical education requirement by completing at least two of the
following courses: MILS 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302.
MILS 0101. THE ROLE OF THE U.S. ARMY. 1st
Semester. Lect. & Conf. 1 hr. weekly; Leadership Lab 1 hr. weekly, 1
credit. This course examines the need for military forces in society,
and focuses on the U. S. Army's role in American defense strategy.
Practical exercises involving written and oral communications are used
to discuss the participation of Black Americans in the U. S. Army. Some
aspects of military leadership and benefits of a career in the U. S.
Army are explored. Development of individual student study skills and
communications abilities are stressed. Assertiveness training is
available as self-study, supplemental instruction.
MILS 0102. THE DYNAMICS OF MILITARY
LEADERSHIP. 2nd Semester. Lect. & Conf. 1 hr. weekly Leadership Lab 1
hr weekly, 1 credit. This course is concerned with a wide variety of
factors that affect the development of an individual's style of
leadership. Through an examination of society's values, and the impact
of such values on the All Volunteer Force, students are exposed to some
problems facing the Army officer. Practical exercises and seminars
conducted by active military leaders from off campus help a student
understand the responsibilities of military leaders. A basic
understanding of first aid is presented to provide the student with a
basic military skill that has nonmilitary application. Oral
communications are stressed through impromptu speeches and open
discussions. Military customs, drill and ceremony are presented in the
MILS 0201. LAND NAVIGATION AND STUDENT
PRESENTATIONS. 1st Semester. Lect. & Conf. 2 hrs. Weekly, Leadership
Lab 1 hr. weekly, 2 credits. Basic principles of land navigation, to
include how to read a map and identify and locate terrain features are
learned through practical exercise. An orientation field trip in
applying map reading skills learned in the classroom is also presented.
Development of oral communication skills through short student
presentations is taught. Adequately preparing the student to
successfully meet the higher challenges of the Advanced Course program
is emphasized. In the leadership lab, students are taught methods of
conducting training and are given practical experience in training
MILS 0202. THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF
THE U. S. ARMY OFFICER. 2nd Semester. Lect. 2, Leadership Lab 1, 2
credits. This course develops the student's understanding of the
specific duties and responsibilities required of an Army officer.
Principles of small unit tactics and land navigation are learned through
practical exercises. Aspects of the professional relationship between
an officer and an enlisted member are explored. The student is exposed
to the eligibility requirements and conditions for enrollment in the
ROTC Advanced program. Benefits of a career as a U. S. Army officer are
discussed. Management of training is stressed in leadership laboratory.
MILS 0203. ROTC BASIC CAMP. Summer. Lect.
and practical exercise, 4 credits. This is a six week course only
offered during the summer. The course is for students desiring to enter
Army ROTC as a junior. The course will teach basic military skills in
map reading, marksmanship, drill and ceremony, first aid, and tactical
MILS 0301. PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP AND
MANAGEMENT II. 1st Semester. Lect. 3, Leadership Lab 1, 3 credits. This
course provides the student with skills that form the foundation for his
future role as an Army officer. Military Skills that concern Army
equipment, first aid and land navigation are stressed. Tactics used at
the squad and platoon levels of the Army's combat organization are
examined. Methods of presenting a military briefing are learned through
practical exercises that focus on factors affecting the effectiveness
and morale of a unit. Principles for presenting military instruction are
presented. In leadership laboratory the student develops an
understanding of teamwork, and he practices skills required for
attendance at the ROTC Advanced Camp. Supplemental instruction with
emphasis on practical experience is available to the student for all
phases of instruction. Prerequisites: Completion of the Basic Course or
MILS 0302. PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP AND
MANAGEMENT II. 2nd Semester. Lect. 3, Leadership Lab 1, 3 credits. This
course is principally concerned with refining those skills needed to
conduct combat operations at the platoon level. Troop leading procedures
are used for all phases of instruction. Detailed information on the
conduct of tactical activities is presented. Characteristics of various
weapons used in combat are examined. Procurement and use of intelligence
information at battlefield level are discussed. Oral and written
communications are stressed in briefings, instruction and reports by the
student. Each branch of service in the U. S. Army is discussed in
detail. Leadership laboratory instruction is concerned with practical
application of classroom instruction. Students are placed in leadership
positions under conditions requiring them to exercise decision making
skills. A weekend field training exercise highlights the supplemental
instruction wherein all phases of the MILS III course are practiced.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of MILS 0301.
MILS 0303. ROTC ADVANCE CAMP. Summer. 3
credits. This course is mandatory for all contracted juniors. This is a
leadership course to evaluate leadership potential. Successful
completion of MILS 303 is required before applying for commissioning as a
second lieutenant. Instruction will only be offered during the summer
sessions. Students will be evaluated in leadership skills from
individual through platoon level collective tasks. This course is six
weeks (seven days per week) in duration and is currently taught at Ft.
MILS 0401. U.S. ARMY MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES.
1st Semester. Lect 3, Leadership Lab 1, 3 credits. This course is
oriented to the duties performed by a junior officer in the United
States Army. Through oral presentations, written reports and practical
exercises, the student develops skills that he will use in managing
units in the United States Army. Situations both in and out of the
classroom are used to give the student experience in counseling
subordinates on job performance and personal problems. The military
justice system is examined in detail, with a mock trial used to give the
student a better understanding of his responsibilities under military
law. As a senior, the student will be a cadet officer and be responsible
for managing some aspect of the cadet corps. Particular emphasis is
placed on the preparation for, and conduct of training. Prerequisite:
Satisfactory completion of Military Science III.
MILS 0402. THE MILITARY PROFESSION. 2nd
Semester. Lect. 3, Leadership Lab 1, 3 credits. This course provides the
student with detailed knowledge of United States Army organizations and
how the different types of units contribute to the Army's mission. A
twelve hour seminar examines the ethical and professional aspects of
being a military officer, along with some moral dimensions of modern
warfare. Forms of Army correspondence are presented, with the student
given practical experience in completing various types of reports that
are common to duties of a second lieutenant. Throughout the course the
student is given the opportunity to exercise his communications skills.
In the leadership laboratory and in extra-curricular activities the
student is able to sharpen his leadership skills. Prerequisites:
Satisfactory completion of MILS 0401.
MILS 0403. SPECIAL PROJECTS. 1st and 2nd
Semesters, Summer. 3 credits. Research and lecture. This course is for
Army ROTC students, who desire to further their knowledge, in military
subjects that range from current world situations, to the use of the
elements, of National Power. The course consists of discussion,
research, and independent study. Enrollment must be approved by the PMS
and is limited to 5 students per semester or summer session.
MILS 0501. CONTEMPORARY ARMY ISSUES. 1st and
2nd Semesters. Lect. 1, Leadership Lab 1, 1 credit. This course
provides the Army ROTC Cadet on scholarship extension and selected
"Continuing Students" who has completed all other Military Science
course's refresher instructions in current issues of Military Doctrine.
The student completes a book review on selected work from the Army
Professional Reading list and completes reviews on articles from current
military journals. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of MILS 0401
MILS 0502. CONTINUING ARMY STUDIES. 2nd
Semester, 1 credit. This course is designed for MS V and completion
cadets working to finish their degree. This course will keep students
abreast of changes within the Army, ensure physical and mental fitness,
ensures cadet data base is accurate, and ensure commissioning
requirements are met timely. Students will attend one class and lab
weekly, and physical training two times a week.