The objective of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is to train, motivate and prepare selected students with potential to serve as commissioned officers in the Regular Army, Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. The program is designed to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of military art and science and to develop leadership and managerial potential in the student. A strong sense of personal integrity, honor and individual responsibility and an appreciation of the requirements for national security are instilled in all students. Attainment of these objectives will prepare students for commissioning and will establish a sound basis for the future professional development and effective performance in the Army or civilian life.
Enrollment in the Department of Military Science courses is open to all students attending North Carolina Wesleyan University or a student at a community college participating in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) with North Carolina Wesleyan University. The Army ROTC program offers elective courses for undergraduate and graduate students leading to a commission in the United States Army. Students may compete for four-year, three-year and two-year scholarships.
General Program Requirements
The ROTC program is divided into a basic course, which is normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years and an advanced course, which is taken during the junior and senior years. The admission of students to the ROTC program is based upon the general admission requirements of the University as they pertain to a full-time student.
The programs of instruction for Army ROTC include a four-year program and a two-year program. The four-year program consists of the two-year basic course, the two-year advanced course and the National Advance Leadership Camp. The two-year program encompasses a Leaders Training Course, the two-year advanced course and the Advanced Summer Camp.
Basic Course: The basic course is designed to introduce the student to basic military and leadership concepts and the organization and mission of the U.S. Army. Those students who successfully complete this course are eligible to enter into the advanced course. Credit for the basic course can be obtained by successfully completing MSL 101 , MSL 102 , MSL 201 , MSL 202 . A leadership laboratory must be taken concurrently each semester with the class. Prior service in the Armed Forces can be used to obtain appropriate credit for the basic course.
Advanced Course: The advanced course is designed to produce officers for the active Army as well as the Reserve Components. Entry into the advanced course is on a best qualified basis. The student must possess qualifications for becoming an effective Army officer. Applicants must attain and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (scholarship applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and after being awarded the scholarship must maintain a 2.5 GPA) in order to validate their academic eligibility for participation in the program. The applicants must have a minimum of two years of academic work remaining at the educational institution in a curriculum leading to either a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a recognized academic field of study. In addition, each student must successfully complete a Leaders Development and Assessment Course of at least five weeks. Applicants must also pass an Army medical examination. The following courses are required for completion of the advanced course: MSL 301 , MSL 302 , MSL 401 and MSL 402 . The leadership laboratory must also be taken each semester. There is also a military history course, MSL 432, which is required but may be waived or an appropriate history course may be substituted by the PMS.
Two-Year Program: This program is designed for sophomore and junior students transferring to a four-year institution who have not taken ROTC. A basic four-week summer Leaders Training Course after the sophomore year takes the place of the basic course required of students in the traditional four-year program. When a student with two years of college has successfully completed the Leaders Training Course, he is eligible for the advanced ROTC course in his junior and senior years. The advanced course, which leads to an officer commission, is the same for students in either the four-year program or the two-year program.
Successful completion of the ROTC program qualifies a student for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in one of the following branches of the Army: Adjutant General’s Corps, Armor, Infantry, Military Police Corps ordnance Corps, Quartermaster Corps, Signal Corps, Medical Service Corps, Corps of Engineers, Finance Corps, Aviation, Field Artillery, Air Defense Artillery, Transportation Corps and Army Nurse Corps. Special requirements and/or additional training are required for commissioning in the Medical Corps, Army Medical Specialist Corps, Veterinarian Corps, Chaplain Corps and the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
A subsistence fee ranging between $300 and $500 per month is paid to contracted, advanced course and scholarship cadets during the entire normal academic year while participating in Army ROTC. Four-, three-and two year scholarships are available. Details on scholarships are published by the Department of the Army and by the Military Science Department. In addition to the subsistence fee, the scholarship pays tuition, laboratory fees, book cost and certain supplies within the limits of the scholarship award.