Military Science



Military Science


While examining your goals at C of O, you may want to consider the unique experiences available through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Our ROTC program provides some of the best leadership training in the world, and develops the essential teamwork and managerial skills required to succeed in any career. Your success as a “Hard Work U” graduate can take you far, and your investment in officer training will build upon that success by adding another highly sought-after skill to your resume: Leadership.

Available Programs

Basic Program

Students who enroll in Basic Program courses incur no military service obligation. While attending the classes and participating in associated training events, those enrolled receive leadership, management, and confidence-building instruction that will be of great value in any career field. The primary objective of the Basic Program is to provide students with an understanding of the United States Army and training in basic soldiering skills. All non-U.S. citizens must have permission before enrolling in any Military Science course.

Through the ROTC program, College of the Ozarks students will enhance their leadership skills and reinforce self-confidence. By participating, you can discover your untapped talents and strengths while taking part in activities such as rappelling, marksmanship, orienteering, leadership reaction courses, and field training exercises. Our Basic Program Military Science courses are enjoyable and could potentially spark your interest in becoming an Army officer. Regardless of your future career decisions, these courses will provide you with foundational leadership training that will help you excel in any career field.

In ROTC classes, you will study subjects including leadership, Army branches, the role of the officer, military operations and tactics, command and staff functions, and military history. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in physical fitness and lab training events to demonstrate your potential as a future leader. If you're not sure whether ROTC is for you, keep in mind that you can enroll in any Basic Military Science (freshman and sophomore level) classes without making any degree of commitment to ROTC or the military.

In addition to the Basic program, ROTC offers an Advanced Program. Those who are qualified and ready for the challenge are encouraged to pursue an Army officer’s commission by completing the Advanced Program.

Advanced Program

Advanced Program courses are restricted to students who meet departmental criteria and who agree to accept a commission as an Army officer with a military service obligation. The primary objective of the Advanced Program is to prepare qualified college students for military service as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, or the Army Reserve. Students who meet departmental criteria become eligible for Advanced Program courses by one of three methods:

  1. Successfully completing three of the four basic courses (MIL 122, 132, 202, 212)
  2. Having prior military service (with either Honorable Discharge or current affiliation)
  3. Successfully completing Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), MIL 235.  

Students accepted as cadets in the Advanced Program receive a monthly stipend of up to $500, tax-free for 10 months during each of their contracted years. Additionally, contracted cadets receive the College of the Ozarks’ Patriotic Scholarship, which pays all room and board costs for resident students. Contracted cadets also attend a four-week summer camp, Cadet Leadership Course (CLC), MIL 325, normally between their junior and senior years. While attending, cadets will participate in a challenging variety of military training environments while receiving a salary equal to 50% of a lieutenant’s base pay, and have all meals and housing provided by the Army.

During each semester, all contracted cadets must participate in classes, the scheduled physical fitness program, labs, and field training exercises. Many events involve travel to our parent unit at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and other off-campus locations. Upon completion of the Advanced Program courses, CLC, and a bachelor’s degree, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants. These officers may elect to complete their military service either full-time in the U.S. Army, or part-time in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve.

Nurse Cadet Program:

Students considering an undergraduate nursing degree may be eligible to enroll in Army ROTC to enhance leadership skills and critical-thinking abilities, while receiving financial support to help make professional goals a reality. Army Nurses have opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties, and autonomy to practice nursing in a way unmatched by civilian health care facilities. As an Army Nurse, professional judgment will be the driving force behind leading a military nursing team to provide full spectrum patient care. The leadership experience and management training will benefit either a military or private-sector nursing career.

Students pursuing a Nursing major who are also Army ROTC Cadets have an opportunity for an unmatched summer training experience focused on nursing in a military environment. The Army ROTC Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) provides significant training opportunities within the Army Nursing career field. Cadets are assigned to Army Medical Facilities both in the continental United States and outside the country, including Europe. Locations that cadets may be assigned include (but are not limited to) Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Cadets develop and practice leadership in a clinical environment while working side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps Officer who functions as a preceptor, guiding students as they obtain significant hands-on experience.

The paid, three-week program assigns introduces nursing cadets to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as well as the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. One-on-one clinical experience will allow them to hone patient skills, develop problem-solving techniques, and become comfortable with developing professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.

Prospective Nursing Cadets must be admitted into the College of the Ozarks Nursing Program and concurrently qualify for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Program. Depending on level of immersion, the entire program can be completed in four or five years.

For more information about nursing opportunities through ROTC, contact us or visit

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

The Simultaneous Membership Program allows contracted Army ROTC Advanced Program cadets to be members of the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve and ROTC cadets at the same time. Under the SMP, cadets hold and are paid at the grade of E-5 (sergeant) in their Guard or Reserve unit, and serve as officer trainees under the watchful eye of a commissioned officer in the unit. Students who complete Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) may also be eligible for the Army GI Bill in addition to state and/or federal tuition assistance while enrolled as a full-time college student.

U.S. Army ROTC Scholarships

Two-year and three-year ROTC Scholarships are awarded each year to full-time college students on a best-qualified basis; students need not be enrolled in Military Science classes to compete. These scholarships provide full tuition, pay lab fees, educational fees and book costs, plus a stipend for 10 months of each scholarship funded school year. Students who receive an Army ROTC Scholarship are not eligible for entry into the Simultaneous Membership Program but do incur a military service obligation upon graduation. Students can also apply for the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship which assures part-time service upon commissioning.

College of the Ozarks ROTC is a member of the Missouri State University Bear Battalion, which consists of six affiliate colleges and universities. For further information about available scholarship funding, contact the MSU Scholarship Enrollment Officer at 417-836-5793.

Companies and corporations value the professional leadership experience that the Army offers. After graduating from college and completing our officer-training program, you will immediately have the opportunity to manage, lead, and mentor professional Soldiers. This is by far one of the most rewarding, exciting, and challenging occupations available. The significant responsibilities of Army Officership come with substantial rewards. In addition to a highly competitive salary, the Army provides health, medical, and dental care for you and your dependents, as well as support programs and opportunities for your family.

There is, of course, a military commitment after college, but the benefits last a lifetime. Employers will seek out your professionalism and leadership experience, your community will honor your service, and the people you manage during your civilian career will respect you for your Army service and for your highly polished leadership skills.

Contact Information

If you are ready to lead, serve your country, earn respectable compensation, and have more fun than you ever imagined possible in your career, contact:

CPT Caleb Dunnam
Adjunct Instructor of Military Science
College of the Ozarks
(417) 690-2275

LTC James P. Schreffler
Assistant Professor of Military Science
College of the Ozarks

Mr. William Johnson
Missouri State University
Military Science
c/o ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897-0001



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