Enrolling/Contracting in ROTC

JOIN THE BRONCHO BATTALION

Whether you’re in high school, college, or already enlisted in the Army, you can start your journey to becoming an Officer right now.

Follow the steps outlined below to Enroll in the ARMY ROTC program at the University of Central Oklahoma and Join the Broncho Battalion.

Remember that you can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment, yet still reap the benefits of becoming a cadet.

To enroll in ROTC:

You must be a full-time student, which is typically 12 or more hours each semester and progressing towards an accredited degree.  You must apply for admission and acceptance to the University of Central Oklahoma.  You may be a full time student at one of our Partner Schools, however, you must still apply for admission to UCO to take classes at our university.

You must be academically aligned. We count from graduation day and work backwards. In other words, a Junior or MSIII would have 4 semesters remaining until graduation and a sophomore would have 6 semesters remaining until to graduation.

You must maintain a cumulative and semester college GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for non-scholarship enrollment and above a 2.5 GPA for scholarship eligibility.

And to be eligible for a scholarship you must have a minimum of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT. (USAR or OKARNG members not eligible)

You must be of good moral character, someone who has not been convicted of domestic violence or similar proceedings.

Your must have no civil convictions, adverse adjudication, court martial conviction, or other than minor traffic violations resulting in a fine of $250 or more.

You must be a U.S. citizen with a U.S. birth certificate or other documents establishing citizenship. (non US Citizens can enroll in the Basic course but cannot commission through our program until they become a US citizen.)

To be medically qualified for the freshman and sophomore classes, you only need a health certificate (DAForm 3425R) from the campus health clinic. To be medically qualified for the junior and senior ROTC classes, you must pass a Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board (DODMERB) physical.

You are eligible if you have never used an illegal substance or drug. You may get a waiver to join if you used illegal substances or drugs only on an experimental or limited basis over 6 months ago.

You are eligible if you are not a conscientious objector, who is someone who cannot or will not use a firearm to defend his or her self or country.

You are eligible if you do not have any tattoos that are specifically prohibited by Army policy such as a tattoo/brand on the face, neck, or head or other tattoos/brands that are visible and that detract from a soldierly appearance and are prejudicial or detract from good order and discipline.

Age must be at least 17 to contract and less than 30 at the time of commissioning, which can be waived for non-scholarship students up thru age 38.

The University of Central Oklahoma is the Broncho Battalion host school, however, you can still enroll in the program if you attend one of our partner schools.  Visit the page on what partner schools participate with the University of Central Oklahoma Army ROTC program.

Enrolling in ROTC incurs no obligation to the US Army. Students may enroll in the program to explore the military profession before deciding to commit to it.  See the Curriculum page for Course numbers.

To contract in ROTC:

Army ROTC is a college elective in which the Department of Military Science provides a program of instruction and training for college men and women leading to a commission as an officer (Second Lieutenant) in the Active Army, Army Reserves, or National Guard after graduation from college. Students may pursue a degree in any major of their choice in a recognized field while taking Army ROTC courses.

  1. Army ROTC is a 4-year program comprised of two 2-year parts.  The first part, the Basic Course, must be validated prior to taking the Advance Course.  There are several ways of validating the Basic Course. These are: Completing the Basic Course on campus (2 credit hour per semester); attending the six week Basic Camp at Ft. Knox, Kentucky or; be a veteran (any military service) or member of the US Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.
  2. Attending the Basic Course, or Basic Camp incurs NO obligation unless the Army Cadet has received and accepted a scholarship.
  3. To enter the Advanced Course (3 credit hours per semester), the student must have at least junior status, a 2.00 cumulative GPA, be seeking a bachelor’s degree in a recognized field, have validated the Basic Course and pass qualifying medical and evaluation examinations.  It is at this time a contract is entered into and a military service obligation is incurred.
  4. All students must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test, Pass the DODMERB physical, have an approved Academic Plan (104-R) signed by guidance counselor, and meet Army Height/Weight (AR 600-9) standards before they will be eligible to contract.

Curriculum

MILITARY SCIENCE (MLSC) – 2013-14 Catalog Department of Military Science BASIC COURSE:The basic course consists of a four-semester block of instruction normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years. During the freshman year, basic course instruction/labs are taken each week for two semesters. In the sophomore year, basic course instruction/labs are taken each week for two semesters. The emphasis in these courses is on team and leadership development, “hands-on” equipment instruction, land navigation, and leadership skills training.

In order to receive credit for completing the basic course in residence at the University of Central Oklahoma, the student must complete 4 semesters of classroom/lab instruction. The student also may gain credit for the basic course by taking the Cadet Initial Entry Training Course (CIET). This course is the 28-Day course conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and instructs students on those subjects taught during the basic course of the ROTC program. Students with prior military service, or membership in the National Guard or Reserves, also may receive advanced placement for part of or the entire basic course, depending upon the amount and character of service performed. Regardless of the option, advanced placement, or prior military training completed, a student must complete the basic course or its equivalent to gain eligibility to enroll in the advanced course.

MLSC 1102 – Basic Military Science I Fall

This is an introductory course open to all students without military obligation. It focuses on the military as a profession and examines its organization, ethics and values. The course explores the responsibilities and impact of leadership and the rules, customs and traditions of military service. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of land navigation, physical fitness, drill and ceremonies, first aid and public speaking. Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2000 (Lab) is recommended.

MLSC 1011 – Basic Leadership Lab I Fall

Basic Leadership Lab I Fall provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principles from Basic Military Science I Fall. Students are organized into squads and will practice military skills such as drill and ceremonies, land navigation, orienteering, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. This course is scheduled to meet eight (8) times during the semester for two hours and forty-five minutes per session. Concurrent enrollment in MILSC 1101 is recommended.

MLSC 1132 – Basic Military Science I Spring

This course is open to all students without military obligation. This is a continuation of MLSC 1102 and continues to build a knowledge base of soldier skills with an emphasis on military writing, fundaments of leadership, marksmanship and basic first aid. Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2000 (Lab) is recommended.

MLSC 1031 – Basic Leadership Lab I Spring

Basic Leadership Lab I Spring provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principals from Basic Military Science I Spring. Students are organized into squads and will practice military skills such as drill and ceremonies, land navigation, orienteering, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. This course is scheduled to meet eight (8) times during the semester for two hours and forty-five minutes per session. Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 1132 is recommended.

MLSC 2202 – Basic Military Science II Fall

This course is open to all students without military obligation. The course teaches skills necessary for successful leadership and management. The emphasis is on historical examples of military leadership and management principles. Development of counseling techniques, problem solving, and the proper use of the chain of command are explained through class discussion and case studies. Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2000 (Lab) is recommended.

MLSC 2011 – Basic Leadership Lab II Fall

Basic Leadership Lab II Fall provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principals from Basic Military Science II Fall. Students are organized into squads and will practice military skills such as drill and ceremonies, land navigation, orienteering, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2202 is recommended.

MLSC 2252 – Basic Military Science II Spring

This course is open to all students without military obligation. This course is a continuation of the study of necessary leadership skills. It emphasizes small group management and superior/subordinate relationships. Other topics include an introduction to Army branches, navigation using map and compass, physical readiness, injury prevention, and first aid. Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2000 (Lab) is recommended.

MLSC 2021 – Basic Leadership Lab II Spring

Basic Leadership Lab II Spring provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principals from Basic Military Science II Spring. Students are organized into squads and will practice military skills such as drill and ceremonies, land navigation, orienteering, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2252 is recommended.

Advanced Course:

The advanced course is designed to commission officers for service in the United States Army, both active duty and reserve. Successful completion of the advanced course at the University of Central Oklahoma earns the student a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. The advanced course consists of four semesters of classroom/lab instructional courses and a 33-day summer course at the beautiful Fort Knox, Kentucky.  An additional military history course, normally taken during the junior or senior year, must also be completed prior to commissioning. Advanced course students in their junior year are paid a tax-free subsistence allowance of $450.00 per month and in their senior year, $500.00.

The student must graduate from the Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) prior to being eligible for commissioning. CLC is normally attended during the summer break between the end of the junior and start of the senior year.

While attending CLC, students are paid approximately $600.00. The U.S. Army furnishes travel expenses to and from CIET, uniforms, quarters, medical care, and rations during the course period.

Additionally, advanced course cadets may be eligible to attend Army schools such as Airborne, Air Assault, and Northern Warfare. They may also spend several weeks during the summer with active Army units located in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. These activities are voluntary and students must meet high standards to be eligible for attendance.

The applicant for the advanced course of instruction must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or an alien in a category approved by the Department of the Army. Approval must be granted prior to enrollment.
  • Be at least 17 years of age at the time of enrollment and not reach 30 years of age at the time of commissioning in the U.S. Army (this may be waived).
  • Be medically qualified in accordance with standards prescribed by the Department of the Army.
  • Have satisfactorily completed the basic course or Leader’s Training Course or have equivalent military or ROTC training. Veterans holding honorable discharges may qualify for the advanced course.
  • Have a minimum overall academic average of 2.0 and have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Be selected by the Professor of Military Science.
  • Execute a written agreement with the government to complete the two-year advanced course of training; attend CLC; agree in writing to accept an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve; and serve a prescribed tour of active or reserve component duty as a commissioned officer.

MLSC 3103 – Advanced Military Science III Fall

This course expands and refines the leader development process. This is an intensive program to prepare cadets for tasks, skills and responsibilities associated with Cadet Leaders Course (CLC). Cadets are trained and evaluated on the full range of leadership skills and attributes. Written and oral communication skills, motivational behavior, interpersonal skills, administrative procedures, decision- making and military field skills are emphasized. One weekend Field Training Exercise (FTX) is required in the Fall semester. Army Physical Training Program is required for all contracted cadets and highly encouraged for non-contracted cadets. Prerequisite(s): Written permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2000 (Lab).

MLSC 3011 – Advanced Leadership Lab III Fall

Advanced Leadership Lab III Fall provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. Students are provided with an intensive program of military and leadership skills enhancement and assessment in preparation for attendance of the ROTC Cadet Leaders Course (CLC). Students will be evaluated by cadre in leadership positions demonstrating their ability to plan and execute training by applying lessons learned in Advanced Military Science III Fall. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 3103 required.

MLSC 3153 – Advanced Military Science III Spring

This course expands on the skills introduced in MLSC 3103 and incorporates increasingly challenging situations involving military technical, tactical and leadership skills. Advanced training in marksmanship and physical fitness is emphasized. The course culminates with a field training exercise where students are placed in simulated combat situations and evaluated on performance. The course is designed to bring cadets to peak proficiency in physical conditioning and leadership ability. One weekend Field Training Exercise (FTX) is required in the Spring semester. Army Physical Training Program is required for all contracted cadets and highly encouraged for non-contracted cadets. Prerequisite(s): Written permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2000 (Lab).

MLSC 3021 – Advanced Leadership Lab III Spring

Advanced Leadership Lab III Spring provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. Students are provided with an intensive program of military and leadership skills enhancement and assessment in preparation for attendance of the ROTC Cadet Leaders Course (CLC). Students will be evaluated by cadre in leadership positions demonstrating their ability to plan and execute training by applying lessons learned in Advanced Military Science III Spring. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 3153 required.

MLSC 4103 – Advanced Military Science IV Fall

This course teaches leadership, technical, and tactical skills. Participants conduct practical exercises and perform a variety of written and oral presentations. Students are assigned cadet command and staff positions and will learn their roles through discussions on command and staff management in military organizations, executive responsibilities of the Army and its officers. They plan and supervise activities from a middle manager level. They study combat leadership as well as administration, training, logistics allocation, military justice, and management concepts. Prerequisite(s): MLSC 3103, 3153, written permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2000 (Lab).

MLSC 4011 – Advanced Leadership Lab IV Fall

Advanced Leadership Lab IV Fall provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principles from Advanced Military Science IV Fall and to plan and instruct military skills such as drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. Advanced Course cadets supervise students in the Basic Course and are responsible for basic course training, logistics and function as officers within the cadet battalion under cadre supervision. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 4103 required.

MLSC 4113 – Advanced Military Science IV Spring

This course completes the sequence of ROTC courses and culminates with detailed, professionally written documents, synchronized training activities and project management. This course requires teaching, assessing, planning, organizing, resourcing, and executing a number of training activities. Participation in MLSC 2000 Leadership Laboratory, a Staff Ride and one weekend Field Training Exercise (FTX) is required in the Spring semester. Prerequisite(s): MLSC 3103, 3153, written permission of instructor, concurrent enrollment in MLSC 2000 (Lab) and senior standing.

MLSC 4021 – Advanced Leadership Lab IV Spring

Advanced Leadership Lab IV Spring provides practical experience within the setting of a military organization to develop discipline and team work. The course provides opportunities to apply learned leadership principles from Advanced Military Science IV Spring and to plan and instruct military skills such as drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, communications and physical fitness. Advanced Course cadets supervise students in the Basic Course and are responsible for basic course training, logistics and function as officers within the cadet battalion under cadre supervision. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in MLSC 4113 required.

Requirements for Commissioning

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Less than 34 years old the year of commissioning.
  • Be medically qualified at the time of commissioning.
  • Per AR 600-9, meet the Height/Weight requirements for your age
  • Per AR 145-1, pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) within 6 months of the date of commissioning.
  • Pass a swim test and a Combat Water Survival Test (CWST).
  • Obtain a security clearance with a Secret status.
  • Complete Army 1000 level classes (MLSC 1011 & 1132 with required leadership labs each semester) & Army 2000 level classes (MLSC 2202 & 2252 with required leadership labs each semester)
    Or Complete the  Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Ft. Knox, Kentucky
    Or Complete Basic Training and AIT
  • Complete Army 3000 level classes (MLSC 3103 & 3153 with required leadership labs each semester)
  • Complete the  Cadet Leader’s Course (CLC) at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
  • Complete Army 4000 level Classes (MLSC 4103 & 4113 with required leadership labs each semester)
  • Complete an Approved Military History course off the PMS List
  • Earn a Baccalaureate degree from a four year institution. (Must be from UCO or a partnership school)
For more information please contact the Recruiting Officer at UCO's Army ROTC Program, (405) 974-5166/5167 or email us at ArmyROTC@uco.edu.