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ROTC

In partnership with the Department of Military Science and Leadership of Arkansas State University, the Military Science and Leadership (MSL) basic courses are offered at Arkansas State University - Beebe.

Reserve Officer Training Corps

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a series of elective college courses, taken in conjunction with a full load of academic courses.

Participation in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) instruction in leadership and management, helps students develop discipline, physical stamina, and confidence. 

The ROTC program augments university objectives by emphasizing academic excellence and the development of personal integrity, honor, and responsibility.

To keep up with the activities of ASU-Beebe ROTC follow us on Facebook at:  @VanguardROTC

 

1. By enrolling in the ROTC program, am I joining the military?     No.  Students who enroll in the ROTC program do not join the military.  They attend ROTC classes for which they receive college elective credit.  Only Cadets who "contract" with ROTC are obligated to join the military following graduation and commissioning.

2. Is ROTC like "boot camp"?     No.  ROTC Cadets attend college where they earn a degree and are students first.  Only a small portion of their time is spent involved in ROTC activities.  The majority of their time is centered on degree completion and extracurricular activities (clubs, band, athletics, etc.).

3. What can I expect to learn by participating in ROTC?     ROTC Cadets acquire the leadership and management skills required to become a U.S. Army Officer and/or enjoy a successful civilian career.

4. What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?     Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "hands-on" practical situations.  Cadets don't just read about leadership, they actually do it, which is why employers value college graduates with ROTC experience.

5. Do I have a military obligation during college?     Only for Scholarship Cadets and those who are in the Simultaneous Membership Program.  For all others, there is NO military obligation to take the first two years of ROTC.  By the end of the sophomore year and before the beginning the junior year, a cadet must decide if joining the military and possible becoming an officer is right for them.  Upon contracting, a Cadet begins to receive a monthly stipend of $500.

6. What is the ROTC program comprised of?     The ROTC program is divided into two phases: the Basic and the Advanced Courses.  Students at ASU-Beebe participate in the Basic course.  The Basic course is the first two years and covers Army history, organization and structure, military traditions and courtesies, rappelling, basic marksmanship, physical fitness and squad-level tactics.  The advanced course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction.  In addition, the advanced course focuses on management techniques and small unit command and control.

7. Is High School JROTC required to enroll in college ROTC?     No.  However, those who took four years of JROTC (any branch service) or who have already attended Basic Training are eligible to go through an "accelerated" basic course - or in some situations have the basic course requirement waived by program leadership and move into the Advanced course.

8. Does ROTC offer scholarships?     Yes.  See program leadership for details.

9. How do I join ROTC.     Students at Arkansas State University - Beebe, Arkansas State University, Williams Baptist College or Harding University can register for Military Science courses and take them at ASU-Beebe or A-State.  Consult with your program advisor regarding the appropriate courses.

10. What extra-curricular opportunities does ROTC offer?     There are numerous activities during the school year such as the Ranger Challenge Team, Sisler's Rangers Club, Bataan Death March, Intramural Sports, Rifle Team, and Cadet Socials.

11. Are there summer training opportunities for ROTC participants?     Yes.  Select Cadets can attend various training programs throughout the United States.  Opportunities may include Airbourne School, Air Assault School, Special Forces SCUBA School, and Leadership Training School.  Interested participants should visit with program leadership for details.

12. What are my career field choices in the Army when I commission?     You can join a variety of career fields to include Aviation, Nursing, Armor, Military Intelligence, Infantry, Adjutant General, Chemical, Ordinance, Signal, Quartermaster, Transportation, Medical Service, Military Police, Finance, Field Artillery, Air Defense Artillery, and the Engineer Corps.  You also have the option of going active duty Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve.

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Military Science students are required to participate in a Leadership Laboratory in addition to classroom requirements.  Training consists of military drill and ceremonies, field exercises, simulated leadership problems, and familiarization with Army weapons and equipment.  At ASU-Beebe, students will enroll in the following courses:

  1. MSL 1011: Foundations of Officership
  2. MSL 1021: Basic Leadership
  3. MSL 2032: Individual Leadership Studies
  4. MSL 2042: Leadership and Teamwork

In addition, students may elect to enroll in HIST 2283: American Military History as part of their academic program.

For information about coursework at the baccalaureate level, contact program director.

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Freshman - Year One

MSL 1101 - Foundations of Officership: Examines the unique duties and responsibilities of officers.  Discuss organization and role of the Army. Review basic life skills pertaining to fitness and communication. Analyze Army values and expected ethical behavior. Fall Semester

MSL 1021 - Basic Leadership: Present fundamental leadership concepts and doctrine. Practice basic skills that underlie effective problem solving.  Apply active listening and feedback skills.  Examine factors that influence leader and group effectiveness.  Examine the officer experience.  Spring Semester

Sophomore - Year Two

MSL 2032 - Individual Leadership Studies: Develops knowledge of self, self-confidence and individual leadership skills.  Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Apply communication, feedback and conflict resolution skills.  Prerequisites: MSL 1101 & 1021, or permission by Program Director.  Fall Semester

MSL 2042 - Leadership and Teamwork:  Focuses on self-development guided by knowledge of self and group processes.  Challenges current beliefs, knowledge, and skills.  Provides equivalent preparation for ROTC Boot Camp. Spring Semester

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Scholarships and stipends in Army ROTC assist with paying for your MSL coursework.  You may apply for scholarships by visiting the GoArmy Scholarship Webpage or by contacting the ASU-Beebe ROTC program office at 501-882-4478. Scholarship requirements are as follows:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen
  2. Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  3. Have a high school GPA or at least 2.50 if less than 12 semester credit hours
  4. Have a cumulative college GPA of at least a 2.50 if more than 12 semester credit hours
  5. Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  6. Score a minimum of 19 on the ACT or 1000 on the SAT
  7. Meet physical standards
  8. Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

Active Duty Scholarships include the following:

  1. Covers Tuition, Fees, Room, and Board
  2. Book Stipend of $600 per semester
  3. Additional stipend of $420 each month during semester

National Guard or Reserve Scholarships

  1. Covers Tuition, Fees, Room, and Board
  2. Book Stipend of $600 per semester
  3. Additional stipend of $420 each month during semester
  4. Drill pay equivalent to E-5, approx. $200 per month
  5. If qualified, GI BIll kicker increased to $350 per month during the semester
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Non Scholarship opportunities are available.  Requirements for non-scholarships are as follows:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen
  2. Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  3. Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50, if less than 12 semester credit hours
  4. Have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.50, if more than 12 semester credit hours
  5. Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  6. Score a minimum of 19 on the ACT or 1000 on the SAT
  7. Meet physical standards
  8. Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army or Active Duty or in a Reserve Component

Non Scholarship Benefits may include:

  1. $420 each month during the semester
  2. Drill pay equivalent to E-5 at approximately $200 per month
  3. If qualified, GI Bill kicker increased to $350 per month during the semester
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