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Any EWU student may enroll in MLSC 100 and 200-level courses, without obligation to the military, to gain practical leadership experience and to see if ROTC and becoming an Army officer are something they are interested in pursuing while continuing their academic studies

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    Military Science Basic Course curriculum is open to all EWU students interested in leadership and military skills training without any military obligation. The advanced course curriculum qualifies students to apply for commissions in the United States Army - active duty, Reserves or National Guard.

    The Military Science Department offers a four-year curriculum in leadership, both theoretical and practical. Students learn the fundamentals of leadership and then progress through increasing leadership responsibilities in order to improve individual levels of proficiency. Many other “life skills,” such as time management, oral and written communication, first aid and personal fitness, as well as adventure training, are also integrated into the program.

    The Military Science Department is part of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. The Army Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) is included as part of the Military Science curriculum. Students who wish to enroll as a cadet, or to contract as a cadet, must meet certain medical, physical, and military screening standards. The program requires a leadership laboratory, off-campus training and internship opportunities. Both a major and a minor are offered by the department.

    ROTC is traditionally a four-year program. Students with prior service, members of Army Reserve or National guard units and ROTC Leadership Trianing Course (LTC) graduates may be eligible to waive the lower division courses and complete the program in two years. The ROTC program consists of two phases: the Basic Course (normally taken during the Freshman and Sophomore years or obtained through advanced placement credit) and the Advanced Course (normally taken during the junior and senior years)

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    Degree Options

    What are the degree options?

    While enrolled in EWU ROTC you earn a degree in almost any field of study available at the University. A major in Military Science is available but it is not necessary for completion of the ROTC program.

    The ROTC program is divided into two sub-courses: Basic and Advanced.

    Basic Course: The Basic Course is open to all students interested in basic leadership and military skills training without any military obligation.

    The Freshman 100-level courses are 2-credit hours and consist of a one-hour classroom session and a two hour leadership laboratory (3 hours weekly). The sophomore 200-level courses are 3-credit hours and consist of a two hour classroom session and a two hour leadership laboratory (4 hours weekly). Focus is on leader development and small group dynamics combined with basic military skills training which offer personal challenges and an opportunity to take ROTC for a test drive. Development of critical thinking and problem solving skills and improvement of oral and written communicative skills in a variety of different situations provide each student an environment within which to become a better leader and influencer within a chosen profession in local government, community service, church, or as a military officer. Students are also afforded the opportunity to apply and compete for on-campus ROTC 2- and 3-year scholarships.

    Advanced Course: Upon completion of the Basic Course or equivalent, students become eligible for entrance into the Advanced Course. Eligible students must be selected for enrollment in the Advanced Course. Students may attend a four-week Leader’s Training Course (LTC) at Ft. Knox, Ky. between their sophomore and junior years to meet the Basic Course Requirements. Students receive pay during LTC.

    The Advanced Course is a two year curriculum consisting of classroom instruction, leadership training and military field training. Students also attend a 35-day Leadership Development and Assessment Course Camp (LDAC) during the summer between their junior and senior years for which they are paid both for the time at camp and for travel expenses to and from the camp location.

    Completion of the Advanced Course qualifies the student to apply and compete for a commission in the United States Army either on active duty, in the US Army Reserves or US Army National Guard.

    What can I do with my degree?

    EWU Army ROTC prepares students to succeed in any competitive environment. The leadership training and experiences that students have in Army ROTC will provide them with a foundation to become commissioned US Army Officers upon graduation.

    Upon completion of the Army ROTC program, graduates will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the US Army and will embark on specialized training in their first Army branch.

    Learn more about Branch specialization in the U. S. Army

    Upon completion of Officer Branch training and a first assignment, Army Officers may pursue additional specialized training and/or postgraduate education opportunities. They will be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions in upper management. Also, they may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as advisors.

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    Contact Information

    Department of Military Science
    202 Cadet Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2386
    fax: 509.359.6108

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